What Does Ephesians 4:24 Mean?

and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Ephesians 4:24(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Having believed the truth of the gospel of Christ for salvation, an outward demonstration of a holy life should be the result of that inward regeneration through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Having been renewed in the spirit of our mind, the inner fruit of that new life in Christ should, through God's almighty power, be made manifest by a life that is righteous and holy.

The new sinless self is not a patching up of the old corrupt self. The new nature is not an improving of the old sin nature.

The old nature was imputed to us through Adam and inherited from our earthly parents. Though Adam was created in the image and likeness of God, all his progeny are begotten in the image and likeness of fallen Adam.

The new nature is imputed to us the moment we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Our old self is put to death and our new nature, in the image and likeness of Christ, is given to us through the Spirit.

Because we have put on the new self, we have a brand new position in a brand new creation, with a brand new life and a brand new nature. That brand new life was given to us directly from God's Holy Spirit when we were born-again, and that brand new self, which is in the image and likeness of God, has been created in the righteousness and holiness of God Himself.

Let us make the right choices in our lives and seek to life a righteous and holy life as unto the Lord, for we have been commanded to "be holy," because our Father in heaven is holy.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You that by believing on Christ, I have been made a new creation and that my new life has been created in Your likeness. Lord, I know that I have been created in righteousness and holiness, and pray that You would help me to walk in spirit and truth. Help me to put off all my former ways of life which would quench the working of Your Spirit within. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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