"The New Self..."
“The New Self…”
Had a good question asked, based upon what we have seen in Colossians 3.
What is the “new self”?
We are told to put it on.
We are told to walk in it.
What is it?
What saith the Word?
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—
a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
But you did not learn Christ in this way,
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, 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.
The new self:
is created in righteousness and holiness of truth
is in the likeness of God
is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created Him
When one repents…
When one confesses…
When one calls upon the Lord unto salvation…
Then, the Lord creates a new self…literally a new being within us.
We are a new creature.
We are a new creation.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.
For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.
So, we are instructed to “put on” this new self.
We can walk in the flesh and the evil of the past if we choose.
We are exhorted to not do so.
Put on the new self.
Walk in the Spirit.
Abide in the Lord.
Thereby, we will walk holy as the Lord desires.