Baptism

Put on the New Man

Drawing Close

None of us is perfect and it may seem we’re the gerbil in the wheel, constantly running and going nowhere.  The way to get out of this treadmill is to seek Christ and to draw close to Him through the Holy Spirit.

The clearest thought on drawing close to God is: (Jeremiah 29:11-13 WEB) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray to me, and I will hearken to you. 13And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Follow Christ

Besides wanting to call on God, we’ve already made a visible expression of wanting to follow Christ.  As we have been raised to a new life in Baptism; we should seek out those things that are pure and represent the purity or holiness of God and Jesus.

(Colossians 3:1-4 WEB) 1If ye then be raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, [who is] our life, shall appear, then will ye also appear with him in glory.

The language in verses1 thru 4 closely follows the language in Acts 2:38 where it talks about burying the old self and being raised to a new life in Christ and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit.  We were added to God’s family and will follow Him when He returns in Glory!

Looking Up

As long as we keep looking up, we’ll have few problems with our Chrisitan walk.  But once we start looking at the vertical, the worldly life around us, we’ll lose sight of the Holy and sink into the corrupted culture of the world.

(Colossians 3:5-7 WEB) 5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; lewdness, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence [strong sexual desire; lust], and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6For which things the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7In which ye also walked formerly, when ye lived with them.

This is the life we escaped – but is never far behind us.  All of this revolves around self.  And this is only one list of many about sinful living.  These lifestyles flourish because they are pleasurable for the moment.  And they usually lead to even more debauchery later on.  

False Success

One more I’ll mention is the love of money and power.  People like this can look successful.  But when they start taking credit rather than giving credit to Jesus, they’re on a slippery slope to being “worldly successful”.

(Colossians 3:8-10 WEB) 8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9Lie not one to another, seeing ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

Unfortunately church can become just a social club where personalities butt heads and division rules.  And men, used to putting purpose over personalities, are the ones to set the course to rectify this kind of situation.

Caution

Beware if you are a new “new man”.  We live in an increasingly vile culture.  So besides being a “New Man”, remember to maintain diligence to remain “New”.  And men – you need other good men around you to be successful.

Colossians

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