I hope you are all having a great evening! I want to share this encouraging passage with you tonight from Ephesians. It is a great reminder to all of us that as Christians, we have been changed because of the message of the Gospel and that we now put on the new self.
Ephesians 4:22-24 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.
This passage talks about putting off our old self, with all the sinful desires of our flesh and to put on the new self which is “created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness”.
When we trust in God as our Lord and Saviour, the message of the Gospel changes us as a person, through the work of the Holy Spirit. If we trust in God and don’t see both inward and outward changes in our lives, we aren’t truly living out what we believe in. We die to our “old self” with all the sin, desires of the world. We leave it behind and don’t look back. We then put on a “new self” which reflects God. Our changed self seeks to live out the desires of the spirit and from that we see the fruit of the spirit.
Because we have been changed by the Gospel, we produce the fruit of the spirit and not the fruit of the flesh, because we are created in God’s likeness in true righteousness and holiness. The new self looks to shine God in all we do; in way we interact with others, our thoughts, actions and words in every aspect of our lives. We are never the same because Jesus has paid the price for our sins and has risen again to give us new life. When we put on the new self, it doesn’t happen overnight, it is a process that occurs over time. Each day, we should look to become more like God in all we do and to be like Him. We should continually strive to put the desires of the flesh or old self to death and to repent from them.
Galatians 5:20 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Of course, we cannot be transformed by our own efforts. We need to rely on God to help us. He will, through His Holy Spirit, change us and transform us to be like Him, in true righteousness and holiness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
Help us to become more like you each day Lord. I pray you will continually transform us and shape us to reflect you in our lives. Help us to put to death the desires of our flesh and to produce the fruit of the spirit in our lives. Thank you that we have been made new through what you have done. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Josh Clarke- The Faith Filled Friends