PUT ON THE NEW MAN
Scripture: Revelation 1:5 "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood."
can do nothing to wash our own sins away except to come to
Jesus and "confess with our mouth that He is Lord, and believe in
our hearts that God raised Him from the dead" (Romans 10:9).
However, once we have confessed our sins and have been washed in His
precious blood there are things that we can do to stay clean.
you imagine putting your dirty clothes back on after you have taken a
refreshing shower? The dirty clothes would cause you
to still look and feel unclean. The Apostle Paul tells
us that if we have been born again, we are a new person. We
have been raised to new life through Christ Jesus and we are to set our
minds on the things above and think differently. Once
cleansed by the blood of Jesus, we are not to go back and put on the
old filthy deeds that oppose the will of God in our lives.
lists these deeds in Colossians 3:8-9 and says, "Put away and get
rid of all the old ways such as anger, rage, bad feelings toward
others, curses and slander, foul mouthed abuse, and shameful
utterances. Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off
the old unregenerate self with its evil practices." We are not to
even consider putting these things back into our cleansed lives.
Putting dirty deeds over a cleansed heart would be like putting dirty
clothes over a cleansed body. The unclean sinful
ways destroy our witness and testimony for Christ because people
are not able to discern that we have been born again.
Our outward sinful and unclean nature hides our cleansed and
We are to put on the new man, or to "clothe
ourselves with the new spiritual self ... after the image and likeness
of God" (Colossians 3:10). The next few verses tell us what our
new spiritual clothes are to be. We are to put on behavior that
is marked by tenderhearted pity and mercy. We are to be
kind, gentle, and patience. We are also to be long suffering
and have the power to endure whatever comes, with a good temper.
We are to have a lowly opinion of ourselves and be ready to pardon and
forgive others as Christ forgave us. Above all, we must "put
on love...and let the peace of God rule in our hearts." The
Apostle Paul speaks the same message in Ephesians 4:22-32. He
says that we are to put off our former nature and old self, and we are
to put on the new nature that has been created in God's image.
Jesus redeemed and washed us on the inside with His blood but we are
the ones who have to decide to put on the new nature that has been
provided for us. +++