In Christ, we have been given a “new self.” (Eph 4:24) We have been born again. (Joh 3:3; 1 Pet 1:23) We must cooperate with the Lord and put on the new man. In other words, we need to make the effort to live through our new man by the power of the Holy Spirit within us.
So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 23 Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24 and you must put on the new self, which is created in God’s likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy. (Eph 4:22-24 GNT)
The Bible tells us to “put on” a number of different things. We are told to PUT ON:
- The armor of light (Rom 13:12)
- The Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 13:14)
- Incorruption; immortality (1 Cor 15:53-54)
- Christ (Gal 3:27)
- The new man (Eph 4:24; Col 3:10)
- The whole armor of God (Eph 6:11)
- The breastplate of righteousness (Eph 6:14)
- Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering (Col 3:12)
- Love—the bond of perfection (Col 3:14)
- The breastplate of faith and love (1 Thes 5:8)
We are being taught, through all of these Bible verses, how to live our born-again lives. The Holy Spirit is tutoring us on the “normal Christian life” so that we may understand our responsibilities and be able to lay hold of our blessings and our inheritance.
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? (1 Cor 6:19)
If we will rely upon God, trust His Word, and live obediently, we will be living the “new man life” which is upright and holy.