PRAISE AND POWER                    PUT OFF AND PUT ON               July 31, 2021

Ephesians 4:22a says: “That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man [old nature].” While Ephesians 4:24 says: “And that ye put on the new man [new nature created in Christ].” This is the process for renewing the mind. It is like dressing and undressing. There something to put off, the old man, and something to put on, the new man. Just like putting off dirty clothes and putting on clean ones.

Let’s look at this whole section of Scripture in order to clarify the context. “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not [do not conduct your life any longer] as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind [a mind set according to worldliness rather that Godliness], Having the understanding darkened [corrupted by carnal thoughts rather than enlightened by God’s Word], being alienated [separated] from the life [spirit] of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart [unable to see the spiritual things of God]: Who being past feeling have given themselves over [surrendered] unto lasciviousness [uncontrolled lust], to work [practice] all uncleanness with greediness.” (Ephesians 4:17 - 19) This is what walking with and for God is not. This describes what the unsaved, natural man is like.

“But [in contrast] ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him [Jesus Christ], and have been taught by him [Jesus Christ], as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation [manner of life] the old man [the unsaved, natural man of body and soul], which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man [the new nature according to the new birth], which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:20 - 24) What wonderful truths we find here!

Believers are to put off the old natural man, those ways of thinking, living, acting and speaking. The old man nature is corrupt. It acts according to worldliness. Not having the gift of holy spirit, the natural man cannot have spiritual access to the knowledge of the spiritual things of God. He or she is limited to the senses and is lustful, selfish, ignoring God and His Word. Ignorance is either the result of not knowing the truth or knowing truth and yet ignoring it. This is how the Gentiles lived; which is still true of those natural men and women who live according to the flesh today. For those who want to be freed from such things, God has provided the new man ways for living by way of the new birth gift of holy spirit. It requires renewing one’s mind to spiritual new nature realities.

When a person confesses Jesus Christ as lord and believes God has raised him from the dead; that person becomes a new person of body, soul and spirit. But that person’s mind has not yet changed The old man ways, habits and practices are to be put off, discarded as a person would take off a garment and set it aside. The new man is then to be put on. This is done by replacing the old ways of the body and soul man with the new ways of the spiritual man. He or she is new spiritually but needs to change what is thought, done or said to line up with the new nature. This is accomplished by a person changing what or how he or she thinks and behaves. This is done by what God’s Word calls the renewing of the mind. The renewed mind includes getting rid of old thoughts and old ways by putting them off and putting into the mind the new spiritual thoughts, concepts, words and actions as prescribed in the Scriptures regarding the new nature which we have by way of new birth.

This is a lifetime endeavor, which is a day by day activity of those born again of God’s gift of holy spirit. We continue to put off and put on.

************************************************************************************************"PRAISE AND POWER” is an independent ministry, continued in honor of Milford and Betty Bowen by Earl and Nancy Burton.  Our prayer is as theirs was that you will be edified as you apply the principles of God’s Word in a practical way in your life.  You may contact us: PO Box 473, Earlysville, VA 22936 or by email:  073121 ENB



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