Colossians 4, Jesus abolished Old laws and ordinances, established all New for us to inherit heaven.

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1. Hell, New Earth or Paradise, Tabernacle, New Heaven, and Sion.

"Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven." This verse is a part of the last chapter. If we do our job in workplaces with good conscience, as we are working for Jesus Christ, we will get pay here, and we will get reward in heaven. We may say that it is double pay or, pay and bonus. Every good godly person will get this bonus. This bonus will be in one of the four levels in heaven, according to how much we excelled in our work. If we just have done as children of God, we will get to new earth; it is Paradise. If we serve in his ministry, we will serve in the temple of God in heaven. If we become perfect in life with the holy Spirit, we will be sons of God, then we will be in new heaven; there, we will have the same glory as Jesus Christ. After perfection, if we received a special calling from God and fulfilled it, we will be bride of Christ, and we will live in Zion with God himself. The bride will be called by name New Jerusalem. People think that New Jerusalem is a city, but it is the figurative name for the bride. I wish that nobody, who hear this message, goes to hell, but all go to one of these four levels in heaven. Hell is a place of punishment for not obeying God. God will punish people in hell, but it is not Satan.

2. Continue in prayer and use wisdom in the ministry, redeeming time.

2 says Continue in prayer. 3 says "praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:" The apostle is asking the saints to pray for them so that they me preach the mysteries to good people. Please note that he was in jail for preaching the same. 5 tells, "Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time." So, he tells the saints to use wisdom with people of the world, not wasting their time with evil people. "6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." That is, explain the mystery to good people; be wise, speak in parables, give evasive answers to evil people.

3. Jesus Christ abolished the Old laws, ordinances, and established New.

"Chapter 3:10 says, And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" The one who created us is God. His image is Soul and Spirit. God has created the holy Spirit and the soul of man in the image of God himself. God tells us to put on this holy Spirit upon us as a new man. But God's Spirit is omnipotent. And the holy spirit that God gives us, is very feeble and it can be quenched; however it has the same likeness of God's Spirit. "In Genesis 1:26, God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." Man's soul is exactly same as the Soul of God, and man's spirit is in the likeness of God. For details, please look at the link: "God created man."

Verse 10 also says that the new spirit man is renewed in the knowledge of God. This knowledge comes to him by the fellowship between the born-again spirit, which is the holy spirit, and God the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians second chapter explains how we receive the knowledge of God through our spirit. This knowledge comes not by the old testament laws, but by the spirit that we receive in the new testament. That is, the born-again man knows what God wants him to do, since he has received the spirit from God that God created for this purpose. Apostle Paul says that the saints in Colosse, have put on this man on them; and so, they live righteous life. "Ephesians 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances;" Old testament commandments and ordinances served mostly to keep Jews and gentiles separate as two groups, for that time. When that time was over, God wants to make all things new. God being not a respecter of persons, whether they are Jews or gentiles; or Christians or non-Christians, Jesus Christ has crucified all laws of ceremonies and rituals on the same cross that he was crucified, according to the scripture, and it is spiritual. So, here is the end of all old testament laws; because they were crucified and killed by Jesus; and they are no more. Jesus Christ has done it for our salvation and inheritance in heaven. For details, please refer the link: "Revoked laws."

Even for doctrine, God did not regard the old covenant, but he established the new covenant. Hebrews 5 says, Jesus Christ became the author of eternal salvation, called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec. So, old testament priesthood was removed; and it was completely wiped out when the temple was destroyed by Romans in 70 AD. Jesus Christ established the new covenant upon better promises. "Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second." God says that the first covenant had faulted, since people did not keep it. And so, God removed it and established the second covenant. "10 ...; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:" Verse 13 says, 'the new' is by the Spirit, and God's people will keep it, and the old will vanish away. But our preachers will not let the old testament go, and keep the old pattern of priesthood alive. They are rebellious and deceivers. God's wrath will be upon them. 'The New' will not be stories, but it will tell how to inherit heaven by our lives.

4. Why Preachers preach to Us the Old Testament stories, blessings, etc.

Why preachers preach from the old testament more than from the new testament? The book of Proverbs has plenty of smart tactics and advice of wisdom to excel in the world. The book of Psalms has a lot of praise verses and the blessings of God. Then every book has history of the old, and the stories of every prominent person. So, there are plenty of sermon materials, and the blessings of God that preachers can pick up and distribute to their people. These preachers pick up the blessings that God bestowed on Abraham and David; and give them to a person who lives like Judas Iscariot. Evil Christians also desire such blessings and so, they come to such preacher. They think that these preachers are brokers or agents between them and God. They get the things done from God, and as the fee, people give tithes and offerings. So, preachers are in the business of brokerage, or commission agents with God, which is a profitable business. Further Jesus Christ and apostles will tell what to do and what not to do. Christians do not want to be told. But they will tell God what to do, and they need dealers to get it done, and preachers are well fit there.

Most of old testament stories are heroic and it will praise God also. Preachers will get many chances to excite people with them, since the stories are tangible to worldly mind. Since the name of God can also be lifted up, we may consider them as spiritual. Let us look at a few examples.

Jacob, who was Israel, was a very important person. God himself was called as God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. His stories are great. Deceived his brother and father to rob the blessings of God. He always outsmarts his father-in-law by the help of God. He became rich. We preach Jacob to the church, in so many ways. But how do we get to heaven with them? At one point, God came to him to wrestle, and he wrestled with God. Jacob won, but God broke his sinews, and Jacob became crippled. How to preach a salvation message from here to inherit the kingdom of God?

How about the stories of Moses? Every story of Moses is glorious, but none of his stories will lead you to salvation and to inherit the kingdom of God. Further, Jesus Christ has revoked all Mosaic laws and void them to the new testament believers. There are exciting stories; ten plagues, death of the first born, passover, red sea opened to let Israel go and swallowed up Egyptians, and so on. Jesus told us to be born of the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit, to inherit eternal life. We do not have enemies in the world as Israel had Egyptians. Why do we preach the stories of Moses?

The story of David and Goliath is a fantastic story. Christians sing songs of victory to God and to us. David was young hero, Goliath was big giant warrior, it is a sport match, and just one stone took care of Goliath. Philistines were defeated and great victory came to Israel. It was excellent. It is preached to us; and we rejoice in it. But how do we inherit heaven with this story? Jesus preaches to love our enemies! What kind of gospel will we preach from the story of David? It is good to get excited. But new testament must teach how to live our lives to inherit the kingdom of God.

Daniel was thrown in the lion's den and his friends were thrown into furnace of fire. Neither the lion nor the fire touched them. We sing songs saying that we fell not on the fire, but on the hands of Jesus, and so, the fire could not touch us. The song is a lie. Many Christians are killed by fire, and Jesus Christ did not come to rescue them. They died as martyrs. Do not preach to Christians that the old testament miracles will repeat.

The old testament are also scriptures. However, Jesus Christ made all of them, including prophesies, as biblical history. Whatever are needed from the old testament scriptures, for the salvation of souls, and for the inheritance in the kingdom of heaven, are brought into the new testament by the Spirit of God through apostles. However, in our opinion there could be more old testament scriptures are needed to bring us victory, prosperity, more blessings, etc. Probably the Holy Ghost could have decided that these scriptures are just enough to bring salvation to people and to lead them to inherit the kingdom of God in heaven. So, we must not explore them that Jesus Christ has crucified and obsoleted, for other purposes. But false preachers will go to old testament to bring worldly wisdom, prosperity techniques, and to borrow promises of God, to make themselves famous and rich, and to deceive religious people. The reason that they flourish is that Christians are religious and ungodly, desire to have a show of religion, and they invite these preachers to tell them stories. "2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." Now, preachers tell stories, Christians enjoy them; they are ungodly. Their purpose is not to inherit the kingdom of God, but to have a good time in the world and to get approval of people by a show of religion.

5. Messages and salutation of fellow servants and brethren to saints.

In 7&8 Paul introduces Tychicus as a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord: and he will tell their affairs mutually and will comfort them. 9 says, that Onesimus, one of their beloved brothers, will tell them the things about apostle Paul. Paul was introducing the names of few other important fellow servants and their salutations; it is 10 to 14. Luke is also one among them."15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house." Those days, the church was the fellowship of brethren, which included women; they assembled in houses. At that time epistles were circulated among a few churches for all of them to read. Personal instruction of the ministry was also included in the letters. "18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen." Here is the end of this epistle. The whole epistle is in the form of advice how we must live a good life, and also how to inherit the kingdom of God as grand bonus.

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India
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