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Colossians 3:9-11

The New Man

9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond [nor] free: but Christ [is] all, and in all.


In addition to the sins from which Paul exhorted the people to refrain, he adds the sin of lying separately. While he said that they should not lie to one another, he by no means intended that to be restricted only to their fellow Christians. Lying is a sin.

Among the seven things that God hates, Proverbs 6:16-19 tells us that two of them involve the practice of lying, "... a lying tongue,... A false witness [that] speaketh lies,.." Certainly, then, the telling of lies is not something that a child of God should practice. Imagine the strife and lack of unity that would exist in a church where the members could not trust one another's words.

The reason that Paul gives for his instructions to lay aside all of the sins mentioned in this and the previous verses is that they had "put off the old man with his deeds." Like taking off an old garment, when a person is born again, he takes off his old sinful character along with the old deeds that he was accustomed to do. The old man who lived in subjection to the lusts of the flesh has been discarded like a filthy rag.

The old man is dead, but the new man has been put on. "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." (Galatians 3:27) This new man is a completely new creation. He is continuously being renewed in his knowledge of Christ and in all spiritual knowledge according to the image of him that created him.

Thus, they lived in a new realm of existence. They walked in the Spirit and not in the flesh. In this new existence there are no longer any barriers that divided men. There was no distinction made between the Jew or the Gentiles. No one was admitted on the basis of having been circumcised or not. Even the most barbaric of men were admitted when they put on the new man. The distinction between bond servants and those who are free no longer exists.

The Scythians are not mentioned elsewhere in the New Testament. Albert Barnes wrote, "The name Scythian is applied in ancient geography to the people who lived on the north and northeast of the Black and Caspian seas, a region stretching indefinitely into the unknown countries of Asia. They occupied the lands now peopled by the Mongols and Tartars. The name was almost synonymous with barbarian, for they were regarded as a wild and savage race. The meaning here is, that even such a ferocious and uncivilized people were not excluded from the gospel, but they were as welcome as any other, and were entitled to the same privileges as others."

Paul's conclusion to all of this is that, when we put off the old man and put on the new, "Christ is all and in all." He is our life, our example, our standard of excellence, our great love, our Savior and our Lord. Our very existence has been trusted into His hands and we live to serve Him alone.

Before The Throne:

You certainly do not want to soil the new man with the sins of the old man. Pray that God will help you maintain the righteous lifestyle which will bring honor and glory to Him. Praise Him for the mercy and grace that He has bestowed upon you. Share this message with other Christians and pray for them to take it very seriously.

For Further Study:

(v.9)
** Lie. Lev 19:11; Isa 63:8; Jer 9:3-5; Zeph 3:13; Zech 8:16; John 8:44; Eph 4:25; 1Tim 1:10; Titus 1:12-13; Rev 21:8, 27; Rev 22:15; ** ye. Col 3:8; Rom 6:6; Eph 4:22;

(v.10) ** put. Job 29:14; Isa 52:1; Isa 59:17; Rom 13:12-14; 1Cor 15:53-54; Gal 3:27; Eph 4:24; ** the new. Ezek 11:19; Ezek 18:31; Ezek 36:26; 2Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15; Eph 2:10, 15; Eph 4:24; Re 21:5; ** renewed. Ps 51:10; Rom 12:2; Eph 4:23; Heb 6:6; ** knowledge. John 17:3; 2Cor 3:18; 2Cor 4:6; 1John 2:3, 5; ** after. Gen 1:26-27; Eph 2:10; Eph 4:23-24; 1Pet 1:14-15;

(v.11) ** there. Ps 117:2; Isa 19:23-25; Isa 49:6; Isa 52:10; Isa 66:18-22; Jer 16:19; Hos 2:23; Amos 9:12; Mic 4:2; Zech 2:11; Zech 8:20-23; Mal 1:11; Matt 12:18-21; Acts 10:34-35; Acts 13:46-48; Acts 15:17; Acts 26:17-18; Rom 3:29; Rom 4:10-11; Rom 9:24-26, 30-31; Rom 10:12; Rom 15:9-13; 1Cor 12:13; Gal 3:28; Eph 3:6; ** circumcision. 1Cor 7:19; Gal 5:6; Gal 6:15; ** Barbarian. Acts 28:2, 4; Rom 1:14; 1Cor 14:11; ** bond. 1Cor 7:21-22; Eph 6:8; ** but. Col 2:10; 1Cor 1:29-30; 1Cor 3:21-23; Gal 3:29; Gal 6:14; Phil 3:7-9; 1John 5:11-12; 2John 1:9; ** and. John 6:56- 57; John 14:23; John 15:5; John 17:23; Rom 8:10-11; Gal 2:20; Eph 1:23; Eph 3:17; 1Jo 5:20;

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