Ephesians 4:21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him,
Taking it off, and putting it on; January 9, 2014
Assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4: 21-24)
Paul uses an interesting word “assuming” that you heard about Jesus. Do we take for granted that someone is a Christian just because of their moral behavior? Pastors do you assume because someone has been attending church for many weeks that they know Jesus? Do you assume that because a family member know some scripture they are saved? The thing we need to look for is do they bear fruit, do they daily take off the old self, we would not think os wearing soiled cloths, no we would take them off immediately. Our do they only remove their soiled clothing on Sunday for Church?
As long as we live as Christians we have to deal with the flesh.This is a daily struggle, we need God’s Grace to help us walk according to the Spirit. Every day we are tempted to go back to our old desires, just as the Israelite kept looking back to Egypt. We are drawn to the pleasures even though temporary. We need to put on the new self created after the likeness of God. The Christian walk cannot be fulfilled in the flesh, no matter how hard you try. In fact the harder you try to please God in the flesh the more you will fail. The key phrase ” being renewed in the Spirit of out mind” totally in contrast to the flesh. Are you wearing soiled clothing six days a week then on Sunday you put on new clothing, your not fooling anyone, especially God. You have the Grace of God to help you. every morning when you arise, take off the old and put on the new, being renew in the spirit of you mind.
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 1: 24,25)