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The Transformed Man (Part 2)

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Radio transcript for the week of October 11, 2009

Todd Clippard preaches on "The Transformed Man (Part 2)" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Thank you very much for listening to the Seeking the Lost International Radio Program today. My name is Todd Clippard and I am the newest member of the Seeking the Lost team. I am glad to be working with brother Harold Bigham and brother Ricky Berger as one of the speakers for the program. You can find out more about us by going to www.seekingthelost.net or you may go to www.clintoncoc.org.

We invite you to open your Bible to Colossians 3 as we examine the characteristics of The Transformed Man. In Romans 12:1-2, the apostle Paul writes, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (NKJV).

The book of Colossians chapters 3 and 4 mirrors Ephesians 4 and 5 in picturing what is called the new man. I want us to think about the first four verses of Colossians 3 as we begin our examination of the transformed man.

In our study lat time, we examined Colossians 3:1, noting that the transformed man is risen with Christ. This idea refers back to Colossians 2:11-12 and speaks of those who have been baptized, that is immersed in water, immersed into Christ in order to receive remission of sins.

This baptism is called the circumcision made without hands; it is called the circumcision of Christ; it is the means by which the body of sins is put away; it the means by which we are raised with Christ through faith in the working of God who raised him from the dead.

He who is risen with Christ has been made alive together with Christ, being forgiven of all trespasses. But verse 14 also teaches us that those who have been baptized do so being free from the law of Moses... "having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross."

We know that in the days of the Old Covenant, the law of Moses, that there was, according to the Hebrew writer, the remembrance of sins every year (Hebrews 10:1-4). Absolute forgiveness did not take place under the patriarchal law, or under the law of Moses, but animal sacrifices had to be continually offered for oneâ??s sins. But under the law of Christ in the Christian dispensation, those who have submitted themselves to the circumcision made without hands, those who have submitted themselves to the circumcision of Christ by being buried with him in baptism, have had all their sins forgiven, forgotten, removed as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). Those who have obeyed the gospel of Christ by being baptized into Christ are free from the Law of Moses, including the Ten Commandments. The Bible teaches us that the Ten Commandments are no longer binding upon men today. Romans 7:1-7, Paul describes the Old Law to a dead husband, freeing the woman to be married to another, even Christ. And in verses 6-7 Paul mentions "do not covet." The only place in the Law of Moses where this command is found is in the Ten Commandments. Therefore, the Ten Commandments are a part of the Law that Jesus nailed to the cross. Also, 2 Corinthians 3:1-18 teaches us that the Ten Commandments are done away with, for the Ten Commandments are the law written on stone that have been done away in Christ.

Now let us look at Colossians 3:2-3, "If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." So here we see that the transformed man seeks heaven. In Philippians 1:21 Paul declared, "For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain." And in verse 23 of that same chapter he said "for I am hard pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ was far better."

Yes, a transformed man is a man who seeks heaven. Revelation 20-22 paints a beautiful picture of heaven, but if I couldnâ??t know anything about heaven other than I read in Revelation 21:4, Iâ??d still want to go to heaven more than anything in the world... "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

Friend, if thatâ??s all I knew about heaven, it would still make me want to go there more than anything. A place where there is no more death, no more separation from our loved ones, no more sorrow, no more crying, no more pain, no more sickness. Friend donâ??t you want to go to that place? I hope, more than anything else in this world, you have an intense burning desire to go to heaven. But in order to go to heaven, you have to be a transformed man.

Now on to verse 3... "For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." We here learn that the transformed man is dead to the old life.

Paul said in Galatians 2:20, "for I am crucified with Christ." We should note that the term crucified necessarily implies death. A person can be shocked by electricity and live, but a person who is electrocuted does not survive. And thus it is with those who are crucified. They have been put to death, and Paul said "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

In Galatians 6:14-15 Paul said, "But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation."

Again, 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

So the transformed man is a man who is risen with Christ. The transformed man is a man who seeks heaven. The transformed man is a man who is dead to the old life. Heâ??s crucified with Christ, but heâ??s crucified to the world. He is dead to the world that he might live for Christ.

Friend, I hope it is the case today that you are dead to the world and alive to Christ. The Bible teaches us what we must do to be dead to the world. To be dead to the world and alive to Christ one must:

  1. Believe in the Deity of Jesus (John 8:24)

  2. Repent of our sins (Luke 13:3, 5)

  3. Confess Christ as the Lord (Romans 10:9-10)

  4. Be baptized, that is immersed, in water to receive remission of sins (Acts 2:38)

  5. Live faithful to the Lord until the end (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10).

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