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You are a New Person in Christ Jesus! Part 4 Training for those young in the Lord!

Welcome, once again, to another training session Part 4.

1st. Here is your next prayer from your heart to the Father in Jesus name.

“Dear Father I pray that You cause me to be taught Your Word accurately and effectively in Jesus name amen.”

Colossians 2:8-9 (TLB) 
Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said. 9 For in Christ there is all of God in a human body;”

Here is another translation of Colossians 2:8-9.

Colossians 2:8-9 (AMP) 
See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men's ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah). 
9 For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].”

2nd. Let us now go forward in this session. Read and examine, “Put off the old nature” and “Put on the new nature” with the intention of life change.

3rd. As you read, take some notes of things that stick out to you, using some type of device or paper notebook. Whatever works for you.

4th. Write down at least three steps of application from your reading.

5th. Maintain giving thanks to God the Father, in Jesus name. 

6th. Put off the old nature or Put on the new nature (Compare translations RSV/TLB)

Colossians 3:5-15 (RSV)
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you once walked, when you lived in them. 8 But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices 10 and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scyth'ian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, 13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” RSV

7th. Do not go back to your old life. (Read 1 Peter 1:14, Romans 6:6-14)

Here is another translation of Colossians 3:5-15.

Colossians 3:5-15 (TLB) (Highlighted for simple reading)
Away then with sinful, earthly things; deaden the evil desires lurking within you; have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires; don't worship the good things of life, for that is idolatry. 6 God's terrible anger is upon those who do such things. 7 You used to do them when your life was still part of this world; 8 but now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language. 9 Don't tell lies to each other; it was your old life with all its wickedness that did that sort of thing; now it is dead and gone. 10 You are living a brand new kind of life that is continually learning more and more of what is right, and trying constantly to be more and more like Christ who created this new life within you. 11 In this new life one's nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all. 12 Since you have been chosen by God who has given you this new kind of life, and because of his deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others. Don't worry about making a good impression on them, but be ready to suffer quietly and patiently. 13 Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Most of all, let love guide your life, for then the whole church will stay together in perfect harmony. 15 Let the peace of heart that comes from Christ be always present in your hearts and lives, for this is your responsibility and privilege as members of his body. And always be thankful.”

Other Bible references for the “Old” and “New” Nature:

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. 17 For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” RSV

Ephesians 4:22-24
“Put off your old nature which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, (Gr. #3563) 24 and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” RSV

2 Corinthians 5:17
“Therefore, if any one is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, behold, the new has come.” RSV

Romans 6:6
“We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.” RSV

Romans 6:13
“Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but yield yourselves to God as men who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments of righteousness.” RSV (Read Romans chapter 6)

8th. Read these insights on Romans 12:1-3

Romans 12:1
“I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” RSV

1. Our body by itself is dead without the spirit of man.  
James 2:26 “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead.” RSV

2. Our bodies contain or hold our new nature. (Born-again spirit, soul, mind, will, emotions, attitudes, motives, drives, whole being, life, and heart-every manner of our being)

3. Our bodies being the temples of the Holy Spirit are to be presented to God as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God this is our spiritual worship, spiritual act of worship, reasonable service, or spiritual service.

I Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” RSV

4. Your bodies-that is, `yourselves in the body,' considered as the organ of the inner life.  As it is through the body that all the evil that is in the unrenewed heart comes forth into palpable manifestation and action, so it is through the body that all the gracious principles and affections of believers reveal themselves in the outward life. The Christian must never forget that as corruption extends to the whole man, so does sanctification (see 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). (From Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

Romans 12:1
[Which is your reasonable service] The word rendered "service" latreian (NT:2999) properly denotes worship, or the homage rendered to God. The word "reasonable" with us means what is "governed by reason; thinking, speaking, or acting conformably to the dictates of reason" (Webster); or what can be shown to be rational or proper. 

This does not express the meaning of the original. That word logikeen (NT:3050) denotes what pertains to the mind, and a reasonable service means what is mental, or pertaining to reason. It stands opposed, nor to what is foolish or unreasonable, but to the external service of the Jews, and such as they relied on for salvation. The worship of the Christian is what pertains to the mind, or is spiritual; that of the Jew was external.  Chrysostom renders this phrase "your spiritual ministry." The Syriac, "That ye present your bodies, etc., by a rational ministry."


"Service," indeed, it is, as our version renders it; yet not that of a `servant' [diakonia (NT:1248)], but of a `priest.' For as all believers are "priests unto God" (Rev 1:6), so their whole Christian life is just a continuous exercise of this exalted priesthood-`their rational worship.' So 1 Peter 2:5, "Ye are ... a royal priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" (compare John 4:24).
(From Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Commentary)

We may learn from this verse,

(1) That the proper worship of God is the free homage of the mind. It is not forced or constrained. The offering of ourselves should be voluntary. No other can be a true offering, and none other can be acceptable.

(2) We are to offer our entire selves, all that we have and are, to God. No other offering can be such, as he will approve.

(3) The character of God is such as should lead us to that. It is a character of mercy; of long-continued and patient forbearance, and it should influence us to devote ourselves to him.

(4) It should be done without delay. God is as worthy of such service now as he ever will or can be. He has every possible claim on our affections and our hearts. (From Barnes' Notes) 

Knowing who we are in Christ will assist us in, “Putting off the old nature and putting on the new nature.

 

Click here. More about identity in Christ, if you desire.

This ends part 4 of the training.

Thank you for desiring to learn,
Pastor Vince Marino

Click here. Part 5. Conclusion of training sessions.