sanctification

New Covenant Sanctification – 1

The Mystery of “hagiasmos” – Part One
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The following message is the first message of a three part series on New Covenant Sanctification and was presented by Moe Bergeron at the 2014 All Things New, a yearly New Covenant discussion group. Introduction by pastor Joseph Krygier.

 

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(Rough Outline)

Sanctification is not rocket science. It is simply being conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, our Creator.

Colossians 3:1-25 ESV

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with 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 one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Intro

When I first presented this message in Colossians 3 at SGF it was the third and last of a series. It was an unexpected series. I went about preparing what is now your first message, as the last message, not knowing that it would be the first of three. Confused. Well let me put it this way. The last will be first! It’s rather simple. I’ve simply reversed the order for you dear saints.

Last year I presented to you two messages on the topic of new covenant sanctification with 2 Peter 1 as our focal point. Since then I have continued to give my attention to the same theme of new covenant sanctification but from Colossians 3. Before we get down to business let us read a brief word from 2 Peter 1:3-4 followed by another from Galatians 5:16.

2 Peter 1:3-4

3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire?

And from Paul’s letter to the Galatians the following:

Galatians 5:16 

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Both passages speak to the need for God’s saints to walk before God in the beauty of holiness. To that end Paul’s shorthand in Colossians 3:16 says; Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

Paul on New Covenant Sanctification – Msg One

A serious issue that remains a concern of mine is how there is a noticeable tendency by a few who advocate for a more accurate understanding of the new covenant to intentionally, or unintentionally, downplay the absolute necessity of the written word of Christ in the saint’s sanctification. We must overcome the ignorance and objections of others by strongly advocating and agreeing, with Paul’s insistence on the use of the word of Christ, in the sanctification of new covenant believers.

Looking to our text from Colossians 3 we note that all the beloved apostle Paul has put to writing, as directed by the Holy Spirit, is predicated on what he says in the first verse with the following words:

Verse 1. “If then you have been raised with Christ”

If you were truly raised with Christ then you are to:

(v.1) “seek things that are above” (where Christ is)

(v.2) “set you mind on things above” (where Christ has an inheritance kept for you) see verse 24:

“knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.”

Then in verse 3 Paul gives the “why” as to why we should obey this word from God.

Verse 3. “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

And then the word of God gives you additional motivation in verse 4.

Verse 4. “you will also appear with him in glory when Christ appears”

And this word of promise is followed by this encouragement to be killers of the earthly things that remain to be put to death.

Verses 5:5-11 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

And within that context we have verse 6 where we are told that the sins we are to kill are the same sort of sins for which others who are without Christ will be judged.

Verse 6. “On account of these the wrath of God is coming.”

And in verse 7 he tells us what we already know. We once pursued the same sort of sin when we were nothing more than earthly.

Verse 7. “In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.”

In verse 8 the Holy Spirit through Paul exhorts God’s saints to get rid of them once and for all… put them all away… snuff them out!

Verse 8. “But now you must put them all away.”

Explanation: It is because you know the power of God as a risen and living saint in Christ that you are to pursue Christ-likeness, holiness, through the putting off of those things which are yet earthly in you. They are the same sort of things which, when you were without Christ, were characteristic of your former life and of all who remain under God’s holy wrath.

So be putting to the death (shorthand) all that remains in you that is earthly

In verses 9-10 we are reminded of our original repentance from sin and the death to our old life.

Verse 9b-10. “…seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”

This is in full agreement with Paul’s word in Colossians 3:16; “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”

In verse 10 the Spirit of God reminds us of the following facts of spiritual life:

You have put on the new self – that’s already happened and is a given if you have died with Christ.

– your new self is (present tense) being renewed

– your new self is being renewed in knowledge

– knowledge is something gained by applying yourself to learning

– thus, there is no being renewed without the fuel that powers it and that is knowledge

– but this not ordinary knowledge, it is the knowledge of your creator, the image being Christ

The New Creation Language of Paul

We have now arrived to where I would appreciate your full attention.

Immediately following verse 9 Paul continues to a place in verses 10 and 11 where most of you, I’m quite sure for the life of you, can’t figure out why he says what he said. Let’s read it again beginning with verse 9.

Verses 9-11 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

What do you think verse 11 is all about when we says; “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.?

Does it belong there? Is Paul just trying to impress his readers? Not at all!

Hear this well because it is key to your understanding new covenant sanctification. Paul is linking your resurrected life that is hidden in Christ to the new creation.

What is the new creation?

The language of new creation is all over the place in the scriptures. Here are but a few examples:

Isaiah 65:17 ESV

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind.”

2 Corinthians 5:16-19 ESV

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 

Romans 6:3-14 ESV

3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. 12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Ephesians 2:4-22 ESV

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. 11 Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— 12 remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility 15 by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, 16 and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. 17 And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. 

2 Corinthians 5:14-21 ESV

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. 16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

John 3:3-6 ESV

Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

Concluding Remarks: It is because we have been made participants of the new creation we are equipped and encouraged to walk before our God in the beauty of holiness, a holiness that is truly His from beginning to end.

Colossians 3:9b-17  Seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with 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 one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Galatians 6:15-16 ESV

For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 

 

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