and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24 ESV).
After a while, even a slob will change his clothes, because they stink or they are worn! Putting on clean, or even new, clothes is an outward change which teaches a valuable spiritual lesson. Jesus died so we could exchange an old nature for a new nature – like taking off dirty clothes and putting on clean clothes. Every day is laundry day for the believer.
Salvation is the start of a transformation. Jesus told Nicodemus that “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3 ESV). This rebirth experience produces a “new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:24 ESV), but Paul here reminds us that we must we “renewed” (Ephesians 4:23) daily and live for Christ. It’s a daily process of taking off the dirty clothes and putting on the clean.
Today, examine your life and make sure you have put on the new self. It’s time for clean laundry. Ask the Lord to show you anything in your heart and life which has not been made new through Christ, and ask for his help in putting on the new self in every part of your heart and life. Do not let the sin nature return, but let the Holy Spirit reign with righteousness and holiness in you. You were created for righteousness, not sin. Remember to read the Bible and to pray; these are important parts of living in the new self. When you put on the new nature in Christ, every day is laundry day for the believer.
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