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We must here leave the subject, but shall (D.5:) take it up again in our next paper.
Meanwhile, may we, who have died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, hold the
Head, remember our completeness in Him, set our affections on things above where
Christ is, and leave the doctrines and commandments of men, the touch not, taste not,
handle not satisfying of the flesh, and confess that ALL OUR SPRINGS, O GOD, ARE
Its connection with the resurrection.
"For I through law, to law died, that I might live
Unto God" (Gal. 2: 19).
In our last article we sought to lay before the reader passages of Scripture which
taught that the sanctification of the believer, like justification, is primarily and
foundationally connected with and results from the atoning death of Christ. We now seek
to show that the resurrection also has a great bearing upon this important subject.
Many of our readers will at once think of Col. 3: Before quoting from this chapter,
however, let us see what leads up to its wonderful teaching. The saints at Colosse, like
all the redeemed, were "perfect," "complete" "made meet," "presented holy" (1: 12-22,
2: 10). Not only had they died with Christ, and had been buried with Him, but they were
risen with Him, quickened together with Him (2: 12, 13), which meant that "the body of
the sins of the flesh" had been "put off," the divine inference from these two passages
being, "Let no man, therefore, judge you in meat, or in drink, or of sabbath days" (2: 16);
"Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of
angels" (2: 18); "Wherefore if ye died with Christ from the religious codes of the world,
why as though living in the world are ye subject to ordinances?" "Touch not" (see
I Cor. 8: 1 for meaning, and compare the same element in the false holiness of the
apostasy in the last days of I Tim. 4: 3), "taste not, handle not" (Col. 2: 20, 21).
Here is sufficient to point the contrast between holiness according to God, and
holiness according to man. True holiness is only possible in the power of resurrection.
The saved sinner looks back to the cross and sees Christ dying in his stead, and says, "I
died there too." He looks up to the right hand of God where Christ sitteth, and says, "I
have been raised together with Him." This is the argument of Col. 2: and 3::--
"If ye, then, were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the
earth (cf. Phil. 3: 19, 20). For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When
Christ, our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. Mortify,
therefore, your members which are upon the earth" (Col. 3: 1-5).