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Colossians 3: The Risen Life
Part 2 of 5
Dr. Harley Howard
The Risen Life, Part 3. Colossians 3:10-13
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in
knowledge after the image of him that created him:
This is one reason why I cannot for the life of me
figure out how many so-called pastors and so-called
bible teachers eliminate the obvious truth that
genuine salvation affects the lifestyle of the
follower of God. We as believers have put off the old
man at salvation and have put on the new man and now
are urged to walk in the new, regenerated life. The
new man is described as being renewed in knowledge.
Meaning, the new regenerated self does not decay but
continues in the process of being made new in the
likeness of the creator. It is the knowledge that
Paul wishes for his readers to experience, the full
and complete knowledge that comes from Christ and
directs this new life that he speaks of.
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision
nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor
free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Whereas the Gnostics would claim that only a special
class of people could participate in this special
knowledge, Paul attacks that foolishness by stating
clearly that no matter what your racial, social or
economic standards may be, there is no partiality with
God. The salvation that Christ gives made no such
distinctions at all. Bigotry and racism are a part of
the old life. It has no place with the new. In fact,
James writes in chapter 2:1,
"Have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord
of glory, with respect of persons".
People who make an issue with race, whether of someone
else's bigotry or their own, need to examine their
hearts to see if indeed Christ is Lord of it. Paul
names the most extreme groups to make his point.
Greek nor Jew, refers to racial prejudice.
Circumcision or uncircumcision, ...
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