(10-17) In these verses we have the corresponding positive exhortation, connected with the idea of resurrection with Christ, through which we put on the new man, holding Christ to be our all in all. Romans 13:14 But put on (our practice = present tense salvation = progressive sanctification - put Him on each morning and every moment of the day - aorist imperative [middle voice = you initiate the action and participate in the result = put Him yourself] ) the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Lord, may I live that all may see And help me flee all sin and shame Of the new nature there are two marks--towards man love in all its various forms, towards God thanksgiving and living to His glory. Colossians 3:10-11: “[You] have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. Paul used anakainoo one other time writing that, we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is (progressively) decaying (diaphtheiro [our English = "diphtheria"]- wasting away like moths destroying clothing Lk 12:33), yet our inner man (the new creation—the eternal part of the believer) is being (continually) renewed (anakainizô - into a new kind of life fit for the new spiritual existence into which we have been ushered in salvation, and constantly being conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus) day by day. In Hebrews we read that we (1) have been sanctified and (2) are continually being sanctified…, By this will we have been sanctified (perfect tense = past completed action with continuation of this state of sanctification = our permanent position) through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. When any sinner trusts Christ, at that moment they put off the old self and put on the new. (Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans), MacArthur - It is God’s plan that believers become progressively more like Jesus Christ, the One Who made them (MacArthur, J.: The MacArthur Study Bible Nashville: Word), Thomas Constable - Only by sanctification can people attain to the full image of God and Christ that God created them to bear (Ge 1:26,27). The new man was created to be like God. 35:13, Ps 35:26 (= figurative use = "Let those be clothed with shame and dishonor"); Ps 65:13 (= figurative use = "The meadows are clothed with flocks") Ps 93:1 (= 2 figurative uses = "The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength.") We are now freed to put on the virtues of Christ! Ephesians 4:24 and put on (not a command - aorist tense) the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Scripture: Colossians 3:12–19, Colossians 2:13–15. The only way to accomplish this is by rejecting self reliance and relying wholly on the Holy Spirit) the full (not just part of the) armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes (orderly, methodical, cunning, deceptive strategies - he knows our weak points) of the devil (Ep 6:11-note), Later in this same section on spiritual warfare, Paul uses enduo a second time exhorting the saints to, Stand firm (aorist imperative = Calls for immediate attention! Holiness was the vital air He breathed. And what a "wardrobe" he lays out for believers in his epistles…, Romans 13:12 The night is almost gone, and the day is at hand. (Isa 59:17). Put on some fresh, new clothes. For example, neos is used in for "new" in the phrase new self in Colossians 3:10. It doesn't take much to move … Included in this discussion of Christian households are guidelines for bondservants (Colossians 3:22—4:1). Instead, he refers to the certainty and constancy of being renewed. a) Adam and Eve – made for themselves coverings of fig leaves, b) God clothed them with skins (animals were killed to get these skins) – picture of the righteousness of God, c) Ezekiel 16:10 – speaking of the nation of Israel; Zech. Paul also goes back to the principle of the divine institution in creation (1 Tim. Make Him a part of your life that day. and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him--. WHO IS BEING RENEWED: ton anakainoumenon: [PPP]: When we receive Christ, Whether they are Greek folk, or Jewish, Barbarian, Scythian, slave or free (verse 11), they all dress alike. When a sinner recognizes he can’t achieve righteousness by works and repents and calls on God, the Lord clothes him with His own righteousness by grace through faith. Have put on (1746) (enduo from en = in + dúo = to sink, go in or under, to put on) means literally to clothe or dress someone and to put on as a garment, to cause to get into a garment (eg, Lk 15:22 where the father says "quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him… "). "Renewed," translated here in the passive voice, comes from the Greek verb anakainoo. While new self in regard to our position, is complete in Christ (cp Col 2:10-note) the moment of salvation and regeneration, this new self still maintains (and should manifest) the capacity for spiritual growth. 11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!” Epignosis is not ascribed to God in the New Testament, neither could it with propriety. (Bibliotheca Sacra: Volume 121, Issue 481, 1964). And the best is yet to come for John writes…, Revelation 19:14 (note) And the armies (this is us, those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb) which are in heaven, clothed (enduo) in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him (the Lamb = Faithful and True = the Word of God) on white horses. "Put on the new self" or "new man." Colossians 3:10 Context. Moule comments that the KJV "in knowledge" is…. The new wine in the synoptic gospels is neos, describing that which was of recent production, fresh. Then he told us what kind of uniform we are to "put on" (Col 3:12, 13, 14-note). If not, why not? But through Jesus Christ, we are being transformed into His image! Colossians 3:10 (GNTA) and have put on the new self. Regarding the reference to “the image of Him that created him,” the (Lightfoot) offers this explanation: This reference however does not imply an identity of the creation here mentioned with the creation of Genesis, but only an analogy between the two. (Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. NT Commentary Set. John Piper Feb 11, 2007 579 Shares Sermon. Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. They cover me and make me presentable to others. (1Co 15:49), God's desire for believers now is that they, become conformed to the image of His Son (the One Who created us) (Romans 8:29-note), Wuest has a picturesque translation of this section. The true knowledge in Christ is in contrast to the false knowledge of the heretical teachers, a critical distinction only the former edifies and spiritually nourishes the believer. Enduo is used 29 times in NT - NAS = clothed(6), dressed(1), enter(1), put(21). They are to wait until this experience comes to them, which equates with “the promise of the Father.” Enduo used in this figurative sense is seen in classic Greek writing by Aristophanes who describes an individual as "clothed with audacity," by Homer who describes one as "clothed with strength" and by Plutarch who describes one as "clothed with nobility and wealth". God is true, and in Him is no falsehood at all; and if you and I have really been renewed, as we profess to have been, we shall hate the very semblance of a lie, and our word will be as good as our bond. Nashville: Thomas Nelson). The descendants of Adam bear his image, Paul explaining that, just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. Scripture: Colossians 3:12–19. Ken Robinson, who is now a pastor, at one time served as a police officer. There is a change in quality, for he is becoming like Jesus Christ. This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself. (Ps 132:9), The psalmist is asking God for a godly line of OT priests. As Christians, our conduct should reflect the new life and not the old - and this is achieved as we come to know the Lord Jesus more and more. Of course, the Word is that entity by which we are renewed and progressively set apart (cp Jn 17:17). In the middle voice (as here in Col 3:10) it means to clothe oneself with something, in this case the "new man", who is clothed in the robes of Christ's righteousness and now needs to practice what this privileged position entails, i.e., to manifest His righteousness each day toward God and toward men in everyday life. In one of the most famous uses of enduo Isaiah records the prophetic description of Messiah writing that, He put on (enduo in LXX) righteousness like a breastplate and a helmet of salvation on His head and He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. Forbearance. Paul is commanding a daily appropriation of that which we already possess… We have our part to do in dressing ourselves with the divine wardrobe, for here clothes do make the man — and the woman! The metaphor is the same in verse nine. You brush away the mental cobwebs and think through the day. So ask yourself this question: Do I have my spiritual uniform on? You lie in bed, thinking. 22) – the king can recognize inappropriate clothing, g) Clothing for the Christian walk and service: the armor of God – Eph 6) Importance of putting on Christ, Illustration of Weeding – you don’t just cut off the tips of the weeds; you dig them out by their roots so they don’t keep popping up (Colossians). 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. Baker Book, The United Bible Societies' New Testament Handbook Series, Vine, W. Collected writings of W. E. Vine. Psalm 132:9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy. We received the old man at birth, and we were given the new man in our heavenly birth. John MacArthur explains that "as believers faithfully live in obedience to and communion with Jesus Christ, His own righteousness produces in them the practical, daily righteousness that becomes their spiritual breastplate. (Heb 10:10-note), For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are (being) sanctified (present passive like "renewed" in Col 3:10 = continually being sanctified = our present practice). Victor, see a fascinating biographical summary of Simeon by Dr John Piper, MAN’S ORIGINAL AND PRESENT STATE Eccl 7:29, Sermons from the Epistle to the Colossians, Click here for discussion of the three Tenses of Salvation, Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. NT Commentary Set. As such instruction is imparted and the truths thus received control the life, the believer increasingly displays the image of Him who is the Head of the new creation (1Co 15:49), the image of the One Who Himself is “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15-note). And this is the image the Holy Spirit seems to draw, though it be but an outline of the lineaments upon the believing soul. Oh that every child of God did but more deeply and solemnly feel that he is to be a witness for Jesus!-a witness for a cross-bearing Savior-a witness to the spotless purity of His life, the lowliness of His mind, His deep humility, self-denial, self-annihilation, consuming zeal for God's glory, and yearning compassion for the salvation of souls-a witness to the sanctifying tendency of His truth, the holiness of His commands, the purifying influence of His precepts, the elevating power of His example. (Vine, W. Collected writings of W. E. Vine. Colossians 3:12–17, “ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Greek: kai endusamenoi ton neon ton anakainoumenon eis epignosin kat' eikona tou ktisantos auton. What's the difference? 5:12; 6:41; 18:9, 29; 24:20; 28:15; Est. (Trench, R. C. Synonyms of the New Testament). He will never teach and train the OLD sin nature that we received as a member of the old creation in Adam, for we are now part of a new creation in Christ. This makes me think of a spiritual principle in the Bible. Colossians 3:10-11 The Message (MSG) 9-11 Don’t lie to one another. Colossians 3:12-21 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: ... Colossian Christians that they have “put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the new man” (3:9b-10)—meaning that, when they became Christians, they became new people. Although the NASB makes this "putting on" sound like past tense event, it is better understood as something each believer is to do. Mt 6:25; 22:11; 27:31; Mk 1:6; 6:9; 15:20; Lk 8:27; 12:22; 15:22; 24:49; Acts 12:21; Ro 13:12, 14; 1Co 15:53f; Gal 3:27; Ep 4:24; 6:11, 14; Col 3:10, 12; 1Th 5:8; Rev 1:13; 15:6; 19:14. (Tom Constable's Expository Notes on the Bible), S. Lewis Johnson - The constant renewal of the new man (the participle is present) is according to the image of Christ, and wrought by the God Who created the new man. Chicago: Moody Press), Both neos and kainos are used by the writer of Hebrews. Man was created in the image and likeness of God in the beginning, but that image became terribly marred through sin. In the fact that He says, new in quality, He has permanently antiquated the first. Luke 12:22 And He said to His disciples, "For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new (kainos) with you in My Father’s kingdom. the new [in quality] wine" of the Kingdom, which will be of a different character from that of this world (it will be "out of this world"! Wuest writes that Paul is describing the new man, the, person they were now in Christ Jesus, this new person being constantly renewed with respect to a complete and perfect knowledge which is according to the image of the One who created him." He is the great pattern for all spiritual life, and God engages Himself to recreate us in His likeness, For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren. Luke 15:22 "But the father said to his slaves, 'Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet, Jesus uses enduo once in a figurative sense in the Gospels declaring to His disciples…, Luke 24:49-note "And behold, I am sending forth the Promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power (dunamis) from on high. It is a means toward a fuller, richer measure of salvation’s joy and peace. 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