Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
An excerpt from Matthew Henry’s Concise
Commentary Colossians 3:9-11
“As Christians are freed from the ceremonial law, they must walk the more closely with God in gospel obedience. As heaven and earth are contrary one to the other, both cannot be followed together; and affection to the one will weaken and abate affection to the other.
Those that are born again are dead to sin, because its dominion is broken, its power gradually subdued by the operation of grace, and it shall at length be extinguished by the perfection of glory. To be dead, then, means this, that those who have the Holy Spirit, mortifying within them the lusts of the flesh, are able to despise earthly
things, and to desire those that are heavenly. Christ is, at present, one whom
we have not seen; but our comfort is, that our life is safe with him.
The streams of this living water flow into the soul by the influences of the Holy Spirit, through faith. Christ lives in the believer by his Spirit, and the believer lives to him in all he does.”
Did you know that man was created in the image of God? The IMAGE OF GOD!!! I imagine that when man fell into sin that our image was tarnished, so much so that God needed a way to clean us up…thus His perfect plan, His Son, Jesus Christ!
Once a person accepts Christ as their personal Savior, God begins a “makeover”
plan! He begins to conform you into His (Christ) image! I have written before
about how I believe God is doing that in my own life, Mirrors Are Futile!!! and I believe it is different for each believer. While I think it is good to question how God is doing that in your life, I also think we should question our intentions in this process. As a believer, we should all desire to be conformed to the image of Christ.
Are you motivated by how others see you or by the intimacy with the Heavenly
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Gen 1:27
Christ in Man
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image
of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29
Intimacy with the Father brings about conformity to the image of Christ
Jesus, being in His Father’s image prays to His Father bringing about intimacy.
Each line of the model prayer Jesus prays is a call to intimacy with the Father
and a call for our worship to be proved by our outward actions.
The 10 commandments were the original “proof”, if you will, that God’s chosen
people were walking in His ways. The commandments dealt with their personal relationship with God (1-4) and their relationship with others (6-10)
How does Jesus’ model prayer compare to the 10 commandments? We often forget that while Jesus did away with the law through his atonement on the cross, we are to seek to live a life set apart from the lost. We are to still walk in God’s ways. But our motivation must be through intimacy and worship, not necessarily “outward appearance”. If there is true intimacy there will be true worship and it will naturally be proved by our actions.
Jesus’ Model Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For
thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
The 10 commandments give us a picture of what intimacy with God the father would look like when seeking Him.
10 Commandments lived out…
We would have no other gods before the Lord our God
He would be first in all things!
We would not make for ourselves any graven image
We would not strive for more money, outer beauty, put people or
careers on a pedestal, seek satisfaction through empty vices.
We would not take the name of the LORD our God in vain
There would be no cursing come from our lips.
We would remember the sabbath day and keep it holy.
We would set aside one day of worship for our Lord instead of
We would honor our father and mother and
our days would be long upon the land which the LORD has God given us.
We would take care of our parents who
have taken care of us. We would love them and honor them with our words, no
matter the kind of parents they were.
We would not kill.
We would not allow the taking of innocent life!
We would not commit adultery.
We would not look for something else to satisfy, we would be
faithful to all of our commitments.
We would not steal.
We would not take anything which was not ours, we would give
from our hearts in generosity to things of the Lord instead of keeping for
We would not bear false witness against our neighbors.
We would not manipulate, we would not tell a lie, or white lies –half
truths, or twist the truth so that it benefits us
We would not covet
We would not want what another has, we
would be content with what God has given us and would rejoice for those who do
In walking in intimacy, we would indeed love the Lord our God with all our hearts, our minds, our souls and with all our strength!!!!
Grace to you!