“Put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:24
In Ephesians 4, Paul reminds his readers that when they received salvation, they were given new life. The old man that was governed by deceitful lusts was gone, and was replaced by a new man governed by the truth of Jesus Christ. In the verse above, Paul claims this new man “was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Does this remind you of Genesis 1 where it says God originally created the first man, Adam, in His image and likeness?
Sinclair Ferguson wrote that the concepts found in Ephesians 4 “are bigger than simply saying we lived an old life and we now live a new life. In our new life in Christ our destiny for which Adam was created will now come to fulfillment. When we were born again we were created again after the likeness of God. His image, marred and broken by the fall, is restored. We reflect once again His character and glory - we are recreated in righteousness and holiness.”
According to what Paul tells us, we shouldn’t strive to live holy and righteous lives because we want to be accepted by God, rather we should strive to live holy and righteous lives because our eyes have been opened to the fact that we were created in the image of a holy and righteous God. This is our true identity. Therefore, living a holy and righteous life will not only bring us the most fulfillment, but also will make the greatest testimony to the world of the new life found in Christ.
Join us Sunday as we open Ephesians 4:17-32 and discover what “Life as a New Man” looks like. God bless you all and hope to see you there!