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From:  Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.
A Word In Due Season
 

PUT ON THE NEW MAN

Scripture:  Revelation 1:5  "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood."

We 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.

Can 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.

 

Paul 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 reborn spirit.

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. +++

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