"Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and with high-sounding nonsense that come from the human thinking and the spiritual powers of this world" (the kingdom of darkness). "For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. so you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority" ~ COL 2:8-11.
Rejoice! We have been
rescued from the kingdom of darkness. How are we rescued? It is God the Creator that draws
You/His Creation to Him. Natural man, that is fallen man left to
himself is merely a thing having free will, does not have a 'heart' for
God. His natural tendency in this fallen world is to reject his creator as
natural 'fallen' man is a
thing in and for itself. The Old Testament was God's Will for natural
man that was given in the form of law so that natural man could overcome
the sin of being a thing in and for itself. However, God saw that the
law was too much for him and God sent His Son to overcome that sin.
Testament is like the Old Testament ~ the Word of God. What is different
is that God came into the world ~ Jesus Christ to lead the way out of
'being for and in oneself'. He came into the world to draw us to Him
the Creator of Heaven and Earth- God the Father and to tell us that The
Old Testament/Will of God is no longer necessary for our salvation. The New
Testament/Will of God is no longer the law but has been written on our hearts.
What remains is free will. We have the free will to make the conscious
choice of accepting that truth. If we choose to look in our hearts, we will find Him there and
His Will for us. If we choose of our own free will to look, find and
accept this new condition; then, we have been born again.
this information, we no longer seek/want to indulge in the old natural
man who was only for him/herself, seeking to indulge in the flesh in the pleasure of the selfish body. Nor
do we seek to justify that sin, or seek to have other people applaud that sin with new law to cover it up. We
do not desire the flesh, but desire the Holy Spirit. Thus, we would not declare
that we love Jesus Christ and He loves us and then purposely with
determination: hate, envy, steal, fornicate or engage in any sexual immorality, commit adultery or murder.
see, "when you accept Christ, you were circumcised, but not by a
physical procedure as in the Old Testament. Christ performed a spiritual
circumcision, the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were
buried with Christ when You were baptized. And, with him You were raised
to new life because You trusted the mighty power of God, who raised
Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because
your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with
Christ, for He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the
charges against us and took it away nailing it to the cross" ~ COL
"You have died with Christ, and He has set you
free from this world. So, why do You keep on following the rules of
this world? "Don't handle! Don't taste! Don't touch!?" (the teachings and law of the
Such were the rules/laws that were mere human teachings
(God ordered for and because of natural man's fleshly indulgence) about
things that deteriorate as we use them.They were many such teachings (laws) and yet not
near enough to deliver natural man from him/herself as they provide no help
in conquering a person's evil desires ~ COL 2:20-23.
That is why we give Thanks and Praise to God..."For He has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us
into the Kingdom of His Dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave
our sins ~ COL 1:13. "And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your
Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into
Him and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will Grow strong
in the truth you were taught and you will overflow with
thankfulness" ~ COL 2:6.
God's wrath then is His bringing in the Harvest!