Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him . . . (Col 3:9-10)
In order to put on the “new man,” we need to put on a new heart, or new heart-felt motivations inspired by God’s love and grace.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12 NIV)
The reason that we have the ability to put on the new man, with his new heart, is due to the fact that we’ve been made new in Christ, our Savior.
- We are born again when we are baptized (Jn. 3:3, 5).
- We are a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 6:15).
Paul instructs us in this new way of living.
. . . 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. (Eph 4:22-24)
We bear with one another and forgive each other. (Col 3:13) We put on love, the perfect bond of unity, and are unified with our brethren. (Col 3:14) We allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts, and we are thankful. (Col 3:15)
As we obey the Bible passages in Colossians, we are given wisdom and insight into how to live this blessed way of life. As we obey the Word, we are transformed into people of prayer with a thankful attitude who have godly wisdom towards unbelievers.
We are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power. (Col 2:10) Walk in this wonderful newness of life!