#27 Christ Replacing Culture in the Book of Colossians (2)
Brother Paul Cooke continues our series on Christ Replacing Culture in the Book of Colossians.
Scripture Reading: Col. 1:15-18, 27; 2:9-10, 16-18; 3:4, 10-11
III. The preeminent, all-inclusive, extensive Christ is our life and the unique constituent of the one new man—vv. 4, 10-11:
A. The constituent of the church as the new man is Christ and Christ alone; the content of the church is nothing other than the all-inclusive, extensive Christ— 1:15-18; 2:9-10.
B. As our life and the constituent of the one new man, the all-inclusive, extensive Christ replaces our culture with Himself—3:11.
C. The issue of enjoying Christ as our portion is that we experience Him as the content and the constituent of the one new man, and ultimately, the Christ we enjoy becomes the constituent of the new man—1:12; 3:11.
D. According to Colossians 3:11, in the new man there is no possibility for the various cultural distinctions to continue to exist:
1. There are no cultural distinctions in the one new man, for every part of the new man is constituted with Christ—v. 11.
2. In the church as the new man, there is no room for regional, cultural, or national distinctions and no place for any race, nationality, culture, or social status.
E. Because Christ is the unique constituent of the new man, there should be no differences among the believers who are part of this new man, and there should be no differences among the churches—1 Cor. 4:17; Rev. 1:12, 20; 22:16.