Colossians 2:20 – 3:17

Death and Resurrection with Christ
Colossians 2:20 – 3:17

The Double Remedy for the Believer: Death and Resurrection with Christ (2:20 – 3:4)

As Dead with Christ, do not Occupy with Ordinances (2:20-23)

20 If ye have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why as if alive in the world do ye subject yourselves to ordinances? 21 Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch, 22 (things which are all for destruction in the using of them🙂 according to the injunctions and teachings of men, 23 (which have indeed an appearance of wisdom in voluntary worship, and humility, and harsh treatment of the body, not in a certain honour,) to the satisfaction of the flesh. 

As Risen with Christ, Occupy with Heaven, not Earth (3:1-4)

If therefore ye have been raised with the Christ, seek the things which are above, where the Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God: v.1 The “if” here is the “if” of argument.
2 have your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth; v.2 The exhortation is to set our mind on heavenly things. The mind is the Devil’s plaything, and if we do not have it occupied with Christ then Satan can turn us aside.
3 for ye have died, and your life is hid with the Christ in God. 4 When the Christ is manifested who is our life, then shall “ye” also be manifested with him in glory. 

The Outward Transformation of Our Lifestyle (3:5-17)

Having Put Off the Old Man, Now Mortify your Members (3:5-9)

5 Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth, fornication, uncleanness, vile passions, evil lust, and unbridled desire, which is idolatry. 6 On account of which things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 In which “ye” also once walked when ye lived in these things. 8 But now, put off, “ye” also, all these things, wrath, anger, malice, blasphemy, vile language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, having put off the old man with his deeds, 

Having Put on the New Man, Now Put on Christ’s Character (3:10-17)

10 and having put on the new, renewed into full knowledge according to the image of him that has created him; 11 wherein there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is everything, and in all. 
The Image and Likeness of God. These two words are often confused. Adam was created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26). Image is the thought of representation, and likeness the thought of resemblance. As the likeness of God, Adam resembled God morally, in that he was without sin (see usage; Psa. 17:15; Ezek. 1:5; Dan. 10:16). Christ is never said to be the "likeness" of God, because He is God! Christ is the perfect display of all God is as light and love. To say that Christ is the likeness of God would be to deny the truth of His Person (c.p. Phil. 2:7). Though man was created "after the similitude of God", he is no longer in His likeness, because man is morally fallen. As the image of God, Adam was the representation of God in the earth (see usage; Dan. 2:31; Matt. 22:20; 1 Cor. 11:7). The Greeks understood that the image of Jupiter did not necessarily look like Jupiter, but it was made to represent him. Not angels, but man was placed on earth to represent God. Of course, none but Christ is the exact "image" or representation of God (Heb. 1:3). Even though man has fallen, he is still the image of God (1 Cor. 11:10), but he gives a distorted representation. When Adam fell, God-likeness was lost and God-image was distorted; "and Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and begot a son in his likeness, after his image..." (Gen. 5:3). In the new creation, which is created "in Christ Jesus" (Eph. 2:10), we find that likeness is restored (Eph. 4), because the believer's new nature now resembles God in His characters of light and love. Furthermore, image is renewed (Col. 3), because God now looks down at the new race, and He is accurately represented in that race.
The Old Man and the New Man. The old man is an abstract term that describes the characteristic features of the fallen race of Adam in its depraved moral character. The new man is an abstract term that describes the characteristic features of those in the new creation “in Christ”. These terms are not well understood, therefore often confused with the old and new natures. Read more…
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; v.12 This “putting on” is automatic if we are occupied with Christ, but it is given to us a an exhortation because we are being addressed in our responsibility.
13 forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any should have a complaint against any; even as the Christ has forgiven you, so also do “ye”. 14 And to all these add love, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of Christ preside in your hearts, to which also ye have been called in one body, and be thankful. 
16 Let the word [‘logos’] of the Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another, in psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God. v.16 What is “the word of Christ”? When Christ returned to heaven He took a new exalted position as a glorified man, and He speaks to redeemed men from that position. The word of Christ therefore is that part of the written Word which flows to us from an ascended, glorified man; specifically the New Testament epistles. In 1 John 2:14 we are told to have God’s Word abiding in us in the broadest sense; to be well-acquainted with the whole revelation of God. Here it is more specific to the epistles (see notes on the Word and Words of God).
17 And everything, whatever ye may do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.