The New You

And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.  Eph 4:24

It’s true in life that one’s belief determines their behaviour; one’s creed determines their character. This is why Paul spent the better part of four chapters of this book describing in detail what God has done for us in the gospel, prior to getting very practical and telling the saints at Ephesus to step into this wonderful new reality. Thanks to what God has done for us, we are no longer who we used to be! God has created a new nature in us which is divine, holy, and Christ-like. When Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden, God’s image in them was marred and distorted beyond human repair. God’s work in us through our salvation not only forgives us and reconciles us to the Father, but also creates and deposits within us a brand new nature! This new nature is now the real you in God’s sight. Our belief, however, must lead us to the action of clothing ourselves in, and walking in, this wonderful new reality. It can’t just be a topic of study – it must become a living reality. Not only are we to ‘put off’ the old man, but we are to ‘put on’ the new man. This is to be done daily, consciously, deliberately, and intentionally; through contemplation, prayer, and visualisation, until the nature of God within us becomes more real to us than the air we breathe. We all live out of our deepest convictions, and this is why it is so important to meditate on who God is, what He has done for us, and what He has done in us, until we embody and manifest these spiritual realities in our day to day lives. Let the world see the new and beautiful recreated you!

Prayer: Lord, today as I come to You, I lay aside my old broken and sinful nature, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I step into and clothe myself with the new man which is created according to God in “true righteousness and holiness”. Help me to fully accept, embrace, and live out of my new God-given identity in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scriptures for Reflection: Gen 1:26-28; Gen 5:1-3; Gen 9:5-6; Eph 4:21-24; Col 3:5-10, 1 Pet 5:5; 2 Cor 5:17

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