for the New Life
dressed in grave clothes or wedding garments?
Now that we have been saved by grace how then shall we
live? How are we to walk in this new life?
Paul uses an illustration in terms of taking off one set of clothes and putting on another
in Colossians 3:9-10. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self
with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a
true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.
The verbs in
this passage are in the past tense. You have taken off your old self . . . and have
put on the new. The aorist tense indicates something that has already taken place.
It has already happened, and not something to be done.
is to take off completely; to strip off ones self. If the old self really has been
put off, one must not at a critical moment revert to the way one acted before his
conversion. The plural describes the deeds, which characterized the former life.
3:10, the idea of new is the newness in quality, and it is the continual
action which is ever being renewed.
We are to
take off once for all, definite concluding action. Stripping off is to be done at once,
and for good. The old manner of life is to be done with.
reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self (Lit. man), which is
being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the
spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been
created in righteousness and holiness of the truth (Ephesians 4:22-24).
old man is your manner of life which Paul described in 2:3. Westcott said,
The whole character representing the former self was not only corrupt but ever
growing more and more corrupt. Every aspect of the old mans
behavior is putrid, crumbling, or bloated like rotting waste or
cadavers, stinking, ripe for being buried and forgotten.
action is to put on ones self, to cloth ones self. It is newness
in quality that is put on. Paul is not suggesting the restoration of the original state.
The old and new is contrasted.
tense in Ephesians 4:23 emphasizes the continual renewing. We are to put on in the sense of
putting on a garment (v. 24). Thus, the believer puts on, or fulfills the divine demands
God places upon men. This is the habitual action that is to characterize the life of the
Christian (v. 25).
renewing in the spirit of the mind of which Paul speaks in Eph. 4:23 is to
make new again, or to renew. It is also found in Rom. 12:2 when he speaks of the
renewing of the mind. This renewal is kin to make new, different. It is an
adjustment of the moral and spiritual vision and thinking to the mind of God. The stress
in Rom. 12:2 is on the continual operation of the indwelling Spirit and the willing
response of the believer. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may
prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
speaking of a radical change, being transformed which is the same word for
transfiguration of Jesus in Matthew 17:2. It is to change into another
form, which is an inner change, a radical renovation. We are changed from the inside
practical everyday sanctification is the restrained and obedient powers of the personality
brought into subjection and submission to Gods will by the Holy Spirit.
responding to the appeal of the Holy Spirit to put off all conduct associated with your
former life apart from Christ and put on a new pattern of behavior that looks like Christ?
We are to follow Christian standards because God has already made us new creatures in
Christ Jesus. The apostle is demanding a high form of behavior on our part because
something decisive has already taken place in our lives. We have already been made new in
Christ by the new birth. Because that has already taken place, we must live like it.
clothes are ok for a corpse, but they are completely inappropriate for wedding garments in
preparation for the wedding supper of the Lamb. If you are the Bride then dress like one.
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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