The New Man
Ephesians 4 20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Have you ever watched children play dress-up? A girl, putting on simple plastic crown, becomes a princess, complete with up-turned nose and parent-servants. A boy who puts on a cape can immediately fly and vanquish bad guys with ease.
My children begin to so identify with their pretend character, that they will answer to no other name. Maeda becomes Princess Rosa, Aemon becomes Batman, and so on until I no longer have any children that I know!
Have you identified with the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness? Is this who you see yourself as? Is this who you recognize yourself as?
Or do you still identify with the old man, the old you, the pre-Christ person who was corrupted according to deceitful lusts? Are you still clinging to a sense of worthlessness, of helplessness, of sinfulness?
We must be renewed in the spirit of our mind so that we can continually identify with who Christ says we are. Do you see the expectancy of Paul here? He expects for Christians to have been taught by Jesus Christ, to have learned truth from His mouth. Perhaps he was thinking of the prophet Ezekiel’s words of promise:
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Ezekiel 36: 24-27
As you walk out your calling, seek to abide in this new man, because abiding in who Christ says you are gives you confidence to abide in Christ. Your new man is not a costume to be put off like a person pretending, but it is the truest identity of your life. Act out of the new man, live out of the new man, and believe out of the new man. Regardless of how often you fall, never fail to get back up and pursue the calling of God in your life.
The force is strong with this one.
Colossians 3 is great reading along these lines.