Old Self Versus New Self

Ephesians 4:17-24 NASB

17 “So I say this, and affirm in the Lord, that you are to no longer walk just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their minds, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecent behavior for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus22 that, in reference to your former way of life, you are to rid yourselves of the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you are to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.” (Emphasis is mine)

With all the controversies that are currently rampant and all of the arguments that are being proliferated throughout all of the various media outlets these days, these are some of the responses that I have infrequently been the recipient of, or have seen articulated, in the last little while:

My sources are biased but yours are not. Right.
What and who authors your unbiased sources?
My facts are misleading but yours are “spot on”. Right.
What and who validates your “spot on” facts?
My perception is clouded but yours is crystal clear. Right.
What and who validates your perception as being crystal clear?
My conclusion fails to take in the “big picture” but yours does take in the “big picture”. Right.
What and who validates your “big picture” as being the only “big picture”?
My logic is illogical but yours is logical. Right.
What and who validates your logic?
My investigation is superficial but yours is thorough. Right.
What and who validates your thorough investigation?
My determination is based on misinformation but your determination is based on truthful information. Right.
What and who validates that your determination is based on truthful information?

And it is noteworthy that many of these accusations feed back into one another. Your facts are authoritative because of your trustworthy sources and of course, my sources are not trustworthy and consequently not authoritative. And consequently, because your sources are more authoritative, your “big picture” is determined as being more all inclusive than my “big picture” but I would submit, it actually depends upon which sources and which “big picture” one is actually looking at. I could go on but the end result is that these “accusatorial discussions” just continually feed back into one another.

If your sources are not the Word of God, where Jesus is defined as the very essence of God’s truth, as a Christian, I would contend, that there is a problem.

And just for clarification purposes, no, I am NOT advocating that we should not keep ourselves informed of current events, in order to make our own personal decisions for health and other democratic processes we are personally responsible for.

But as to working towards the extension of the Kingdom of God, we do, as Christians, have the following clear directive:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
16 “All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.”

One of the biggest errors that Christians can make is deliberately selecting Scriptures that validate our perception of what is required and accepted by God as being correct, and ignoring those Scriptures, on the same subject, that would indicate that we are incorrect. We are told in God’s Word to allow God’s Word to renew us in the spirit of our minds and put on the new self wherein we are conformed into the likeness of God, which is created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. (Ephesians 4:17-24) (Emphasis is mine) We are to read and contemplate on the Holy Scriptures and allow God’s Word to conform our minds, to His perception of truth, not our perception of truth. We conform to God’s truth, we don’t try to conform God’s truth to agree with our truth. One method basically ends up creating our perception of God, to agree with our own perceptions, versus allowing God’s Word to renew our minds and hearts into His declared perception of Himself. And the two methods are NOT one and the same.

Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB

8“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

So, with that clarification in mind:

What DOES God’s word tell us about how to deal with conspiracies?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about how to deal with our countries leaders?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about how to deal with our enemies?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about dying to self?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about being in the world but not of the world?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about the need for repentance?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about the need for forgiveness?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about our dependency in Jesus?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about how we are treat and esteem one another?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about the need for Church discipline?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about our responsibility to defend the faith?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about Who has already overcome the world?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about following the Commandments of Jesus?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about the prime commission we have been given?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about Who will supply all of our needs?
What DOES God’s Word tell us about what can separate us from God’s love?

So my question to all those who strive to proactively correct all of the wrongs that they see in our society and the rapid path of destruction that we do appear to be headed towards, is this: which big picture are you focused on and where are your sources coming from, the old self or the new self?

And you’re welcome to correct me if you think I am wrong, but I have a strong suspicion that the source that we focus on and invest our time in, will have a large influence on determining the fruit that we bear.

Something to think about.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!


9 comments

  1. Amen amen

    On Sun, 25 Jul 2021, 8:59 PM Reasoned Cases For Christ, wrote:

    > Bruce Cooper posted: ” Ephesians 4:17-24 NASB 17 So I say this, and affirm > in the Lord, that you are to no longer walk just as the Gentiles also walk, > in the futility of their minds, 18 being darkened in their > understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ” >

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  2. We can speak the Truth, but we can’t make anyone believe it. Unless that is, they love the Truth and are seeking the Truth from their heart. Blessings, Bruce!

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