Col 3:5-10 WEB 5 Put to death, therefore, your members which are on the earth: sexual immorality, uncleanness, depraved passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 For these things’ sake the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience. 7 You also once walked in those, when you lived in them; 8 but now you also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and shameful speaking out of your mouth. 9 Don’t lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his doings, 10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge after the image of his Creator,
Gen 1:26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and overall the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Verses 5-9. Tell’s us what we should stop doing. The law is good but we can’t keep it by our flesh. V10 tells us to put on the new man. This new man is our “born again spirit man “; made in the image and likeness of God. We “put on ” a new man by faith; declaring who we are in Christ Jesus. This enables us to defeat the flesh and live more like Jesus. We see in Gen 1:26 that this spirit man is given power and authority over all the earth. Declare who you are “in Christ Jesus ” and you will defeat the works of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 WEB But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Dear Jesus! Thank you for restoring us to your image and likeness. The devil deceived us as he did to Adam and Eve but You redeemed us. “Thank you, Jesus “. We are now strong in You and the power of Your might. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom 2 U
Col 3:1-2 WEB1 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
“If”? Have you been “born again ” Have you asked JESUS to come into your heart and save you? If you did, then you are “born again “. The hard part is to continue to believe that you are a “New Creation “. This new creation is a spirit being; you can not see it, touch it, feel it. One has to believe! This is why it says ” Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.” It’s easy to set our minds on things that we see and feel, but this is the flesh. We are to set our minds (soul) on things above: know, believe, and declare who you are “in Christ Jesus “. This is how we defeat the flesh.
Eph 1:3 KJV Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Dear Jesus! You came to save us, redeem us, to give us life. Your sacrifice did it all. Gal 2:20 WEB I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. That life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. Thank you Jesus for living in me. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom 2 U
Col 2:16-23 WEB16 Let no one, therefore, judges you in eating, or in drinking, or concerning a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, 17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s. 18 Let no one rob you of your prize by self-abasement and worshiping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth. 20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 21 “Don’t handle, nor taste, nor touch” 22 (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.
When we are “in Christ Jesus “, we are a new creation. We have to forget about the law but live by faith in who we are “in Christ Jesus “. By acknowledging who we are “in Christ Jesus “, we will become more like Jesus. Philemon 1:6 WEB that the fellowship of your faith may become effective, in the knowledge of every good thing which is in us in Christ Jesus.
Dear Jesus! On our own, by ourselves, we are too weak to keep the law. You came to save us from the law by bringing us back to you, “The Tree of Life “. It’s you living in us that helps us do more than what the law requires. In you, we bear the fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. In you, we can do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think and imagine. All praise, honor, and glory belong to you, Lord Jesus Amen! Shalom 2 U
Col 2:11-15 WEB11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which were against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having stripped the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
God cares about our heart: soul, mind, will, and emotions, the real man. When we ask Jesus to save us, we are given a new heart and a new spirit. Ezekiel 36:26-27 WEB I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my ordinances, and do them.
God is telling us what He will do. We keep on trying to do what He has done. What God has done is received by faith not works.
Rom 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from God.
Dear Jesus! You knew the hearts of man. You knew our heart. Yet you suffered for us and kept calling us to you. You made us a new creation and gave us a heart of flesh. As we continue to abide in you, you keep our hearts from being hardened again. Thank You Jesus for You give us life, love, joy, and peace. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom 2 U
Col 2:9-10 WEB 9 For in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells bodily, 10 and in him, you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power.
Religion focuses on you. How are you living? What good things have you done? What bad things are you doing? But the Christian Faith is about faith in Jesus. These verses require faith in Jesus. Your flesh will say, ” no way “. Your brain will reject these verses; it does not compute. Faith isn’t about what makes sense. Faith is about what God’s word is telling us. As ” born again ” believers, we believe what God’s word says who we are. You are in Christ Jesus, in whom the fullness of Deity dwells.
Dear Jesus! You continue to give us more than we can think or imagine. When we asked you to be our Saviour, You came with the Father and the Holy Spirit. You surely made us a new creation in the image and likeness of God. Our brains can’t comprehend this, but our souls will continue to praise You and declare how great thou art! To God be the glory Amen! Shalom 2 U
Col 1:27-28 WEB27 to whom God was pleased to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim him, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus;
This is unbelievable but true Good News. It’s so good that it goes right over our heads. We keep telling ourselves that it must mean when we die and go to heaven. No, no, no it means the moment that you asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and be your Saviour; that’s what He did. “CHRIST in you “, the hope of glory. We are supposed to live on a higher spiritual level. We are now ” a new creation in Christ Jesus “. But it seems to be too good to be true, so we continue to live in the flesh trying to make ourselves more like Christ. Faith is knowing, believing, and declaring that it’s no longer we that live but Christ in us. Declaring we are righteous because of faith in Him.
John 17:22-23 KJV 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Dear Jesus! Help us to understand your ways for they are surely higher about our ways and your thoughts higher than our thoughts. Only you can make us righteous. Only you can fill our hearts with love, joy, and peace. We continually praise You for the work that you are doing in us. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom 2
Col 1:16-17 WEB 16 For by him all things were created in the heavens and on the earth, visible things and invisible things, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him, all things are held together.
These verses are talking about Jesus. How all things came to be. How all power, and authority is His. The Kingdom of Heaven and earth is His. It’s important to note that Jesus is called ” the WORD “. All things came into existence when He called them. Then the Holy Spirit brought life to the word and it went from unseen to seen. Jesus has all power in heaven and on earth. His authority, He has given to the church. As head of the body, Jesus gave us a command to preach the Gospel (Good News), to heal the sick, and cast out demons. You can tell by the way that the world is in today, His command is not being carried out. We, the church, are asleep. We are too preoccupied with our own interests instead of God’s.
Dear Jesus! Please forgive us. The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Breathe into us your life so that we would live to bring your Kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. Fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can go forward in your power, not our own. All praise, honor, and glory to you Lord Jesus Amen! Shalom 2 U
Col 1:1 WEB Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, v2 to the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
“By the will of God” , Paul didn’t choose to be an Apostle nor did anyone in the church choose him. Paul was a great believer ” in the law “. God chose him to preach Grace. One would think that by now, we would have a solid understanding that it’s all about Grace and not the law. Galatians 1:6 WEB I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different “good news”; Galatians 2:21 WEB I don’t reject the grace of God. For if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died for nothing!”
Dear Jesus! Grace, Grace, Grace your amazing grace. It’s the Gospel! It’s the Good News! What peace (Shalom) we have when we believe your Good News. We pray that you will continue to open our eyes to your Gospel of Grace. We pray that all who are called to preach the Gospel, proclaim your grace that saves us and gives us a new heart. Now we can not only fulfill the letter of the law but the spirit of the law. May the blind see, deaf hear, the lame walk, lepers cleansed, and captives set free in Jesus’ name. To God be the glory Amen! Shalom 2 u
NEW COVENANT OR NEW TESTAMENT
The New Covenant or New Testament is what God promises to do for us, if we believe in Him. We really have nothing to offer God except faith.
God’s Covenant with man is a Heavenly Exchange. God offers us everything we need or want ( Psalm23). Man has nothing to offer to God. All things that we have came from God. Even faith is a gift from God.
What does God want from us, for all that He has given us.? He wants us to know, believe and declare; what He has given us. To really acknowledge that He is God. When we praise other people and things more than God, we are not treating God as God.
God considers this ” Idolatry “. This is the main cause for a lot ( not all ) of the bad thing that happens in the world. By doing this, we leave God’s protection and care. This opens the door for the devil to do his destructive work. Joh 10:10 NET The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
The Father sent Jesus to save not to condemn. Joh 3:17 NET For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. Jesus name means ” Jehovah saves “. This is what the New Testament is about. Unfortunately it is presented more by our works, instead of our faith in Jesus to do the work in us. This is what ” grace ” does. By our declaring our righteousness is from Jesus by faith, the Holy Spirit then ” quicken ” what we speak by faith.
2Co 5:21 NET God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God. Joh 6:63 NET The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. We believe, we declare and the Holy Spirit quicken makes it come alive in our hearts to obey. This is how Jesus lives in us by faith.
1Jn 4:9 NET By this the love of God is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him.
Isn’t this ” good news ” the Gospel, the New Covenant. By spending time with Jesus: through praise, worship and Thanksgiving and communion with Him in the word; we received the grace that saves us. Note: the word ” save ” applies to the whole man: body, soul and spirit. God does everything way above what we can think or reason with our natural senses.
Dear Jesus! We are in awe of your great sacrifice to redeem us from the curse of the law and the power of the devil. When we come to you, help us Lord to grow in faith, so that we can trust and believe in you, who does the works in us. To God be the glory, now and forever Amen ! Www.Shalom2u.org
GOD : MALE & FEMALE
THE FEMALE GOD : Gen 1:27 KJV So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. HERE GOD IS SAYING THAT HE IS BOTH MALE AND FEMALE. TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS MEANS, WE HAVE TO COMPARE HOW THE PHYSICAL FEMALE IS LIKE GOD IN THE SPIRIT. FIRST WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT GOD IS SPIRIT AND THREE DIVINE PERSONS : FATHER, SON, AND HOLY SPIRIT. THE FATHER IS MALE. LIKE THE NATURAL MAN PRODUCES SEED, OUR HEAVENLY FATHER PRODUCES SPIRITUAL SEED. Joh 3:6 KJV That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. JESUS IS THE ULTIMATE SEED IN THAT FROM HIM, ALL THINGS HAS ITS BEING. Joh 1:3 KJV All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. THIS SEED IS SOWN THROUGHOUT THE WORD. Mar 4:26 KJV And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; TO BE ” BORN AGAIN ” , ONE HAS TO RECEIVE THE SEED BY FAITH. WHEN WE CONFESS THAT WE ARE A SINNER AND ASK JESUS INTO OUR HEARTS TO SAVE US, THEN JESUS COMES INTO OUR OUR LIVES TO SAVE US. PETER TELLS US : 1Pe 1:23 KJV Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. THIS IS INCORRUPTIBLE SEED BUT IT HAS TO GROW IN ORDER TO SEE ANY CHANGE IN OUR LIVES.
AS MAN SEED NEEDS A FEMALE TO PRODUCE HUMAN LIFE; WE NEED TO COOPERATE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHE WILL GIVE LIFE TO THE SPIRITUAL SEED SOWN IN OUR LIVES. WE COOPERATE WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN WE: KNOW, BELIEVE AND DECLARE GOD’S LIFE GIVEN WORD IN OUR LIVES.. IT IS A PROCESS THAT CAN TAKE SOME TIME. MANY PROPHECIES DECLARED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT TOOK A LONG TIME BEFORE IT CAME TO PASS. THE BIRTH OF JESUS WAS PROPHESIED BACK IN GENESIS BUT : Gal 4:4 KJV But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, IT TAKES FAITH AND PATIENCE TO RECEIVE AND SEE THE RESULTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT , SHE GIVES LIFE TO their SEED. LET’S USE AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHE GIVES BIRTH TO THE SEED OF GOD’S WORD SOWN INTO OUR LIVES. WE ALL WANT THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS TO BE EXHIBIT IN OUR PHYSICAL LIVES. MANY SEEK RIGHTEOUSNESS BY TRYING TO KEEP THE LAW BY THEIR FLESH : OWN SELF EFFORTS. THIS PRODUCES ” SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE WANT GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS. Phi 3:9 KJV And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 2Co 5:21 KJV For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. WHEN WE RECEIVE JESUS INTO OUR HEARTS TO SAVE US, WE BECOME A NEW CREATION. THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHE QUICKEN’S ( GIVES LIFE ) TO THE WORD AND MAKES US A ” BORN AGAIN ” SPIRIT BEING, MADE INTO THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD. 1Jn 4:17 KJV Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. OUR NATURAL PHYSICAL MAN HASN’T CHANGED BUT WE ARE A NEW CREATION IN OUR SPIRIT. Gal 2:20 KJV I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. NOW WE NEED THE SOUL AND BODY TO CONFORM TO THE IMAGE OF GOD. BY FAITH, WE DECLARE WHO WE ARE ” IN CHRIST “; NOT WHO WE ARE IN THE FLESH. 2Co 4:18 KJV While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. BY DECLARING WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST, THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHE WILL QUICKEN OUR MORTAL BODIES TO CONFORM INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. Rom 8:11 KJV But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. RELIGION WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO LIVE A CERTAIN WAY TO BE RIGHTEOUS. GOD’S WORD SAYS : Rom 3:24 KJV Being justified ( made righteous ) freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: SO AS WE CONTINUE TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT, DECLARING WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS; THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHE WILL QUICKEN OUR MORTAL BODIES TO CONFORM INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. CONFESSING WHO WE ARE IN THE NATURAL ( ONCE WE ARE BORN AGAIN ) DOESN’T CHANGE US INTO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST. IT’S ONLY CONFESSING BY FAITH WHO WE ARE IN CHRIST THAT WE RECEIVE THE GRACE TO LIVE LIKE JESUS. THE HOLY SPIRIT , SHE WILL QUICKEN US INTO HIS IMAGE. JESUS IS RIGHTEOUS, LOVE, PEACE, JOY, MEEK, SELF CONTROL, FAITH, GENTLE, LONG SUFFERING, ETC. WHEN WE CONFESS JESUS IN US, THE HOLY SPIRIT, SHE WILL “GIVE LIFE ” TO THAT INCORRUPTIBLE SEED AND BRING FORTH THESE FRUITS INTO OUR LIVES. IT ALL COMES FROM JESUS, THE TREE OF LIFE AND THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
THE FOLLOWING IS SOME DEFINITIONS OF THE HEBREW WORD QUICKEN.
QUICKEN : H2421. BDB Definition: to live, have life, remain alive, sustain life, live prosperously, live for ever, be quickened, be alive, be restored to life or health. to live. To have life to continue in life, remain alive. to sustain life, to live on or upon. To live (prosperously)
to revive, be quickened. from sickness. To preserve alive, let live. to give life. to quicken, revive, refresh
to restore to life. to cause to grow. to restore to revive. to preserve alive, let live to quicken, revive. to restore (to health). to revive. to restore to life QUICKEN : Origin: a primitive root [compare H2331, H2421]
Strong’s Definition: A prim root (compare H2331, H2424); to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively to revive: – keep (leave, make) alive, X certainly, give (promise) life, (let, suffer to) live, nourish up, preserve (alive), quicken, recover, repair, restore (to life), revive, (X God) save (alive, life, lives), X surely, be whole.
THE WORD ” QUICKEN ” MEANS : TO GIVE LIFE, RESTORE LIFE, MAKE COME ALIVE, REVIVE, ETC. IT ALL HAS TO DO ABOUT BRINGING LIVE INTO EXISTENCE. TO BRING WHAT IS UNSEEN TO SEEN. THIS IS HOW THE HOLY SPIRIT IS LIKE A FEMALE. A FEMALE RECEIVES THE SEED AND BRINGS FORTH LIVE. THE HOLY SPIRIT FUNCTION IS TO BRING FORTH LIFE FROM THE SPIRIT OF MAN TO THE FLESH OF MAN. INSIDE OF EVERY ” BORN AGAIN ” BELIEVER IS A NEW CREATION : A ” BORN AGAIN. ” SPIRIT MADE INTO THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD. WHEN WE RECEIVE GOD’S WORD FROM THE ” TREE OF LIFE “; IT IS A SEED THAT NEEDS TO BE NOURISHED. WE NOURISHED THAT SEED BY MEDITATION ON THE WORD SO THAT WE CAN BELIEVE IT. WHEN WE SPEAK IT IN FAITH THE SPIRIT CAN THEN QUICKEN ( BRING TO LIFE ) WHAT WAS DECLARED IN FAITH. GOD’S WORD WILL MAMAFEST WHEN WE KNOW, BELIEVE, AND DECLARE WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR US. 2Co 1:20 KJV For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. LET’S LOOK AT SOME OF THE SCRIPTURES THAT TELLS US THAT THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME SCRIPTURES THAT TELLS US ABOUT THE POWER OF HOLY SPIRIT ” GIVEN LIFE “.
Rom 8:11 KJV But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
2Co 3:6 KJV Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Eph 2:1 KJV And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:5 KJV Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Col 2:13 KJV And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
1Pe 3:18 KJV For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: