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Daily Bread - October 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 11 October 2017 10:48
Ephesians 4:22 - You shall lay aside, concerning the former behavior, the
old man, which is corrupt according to deceitful desires.

The former behavior of the old man has no place in the life of the person
that has been born again. The old man and his affections were crucified
with Christ, and the body of sin belonging to that nature was destroyed
(Romans 6:6; Colossians 2:11; Galatians 2:20). When we were made a new
creation, we stepped out of the old and into the new to learn a whole new
way of living (2 Corinthians 5:17; Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 4:17-24).
Therefore now being in Christ Jesus, everything old has passed away, and we
should have no desire to turn back. Each day, we grow and mature in the
ways of God, and discover the wonderful life that was instantaneously given
to us.

The Greek word for, 'lay aside', is first found in Exodus 16:33, "lay it up
before the Lord." The Authorized Version translated this word as, 'lay
aside', in Hebrews 12:1. We are constantly being presented with evil; and
every time that it is presented to us, we are to lay it aside and not
accept it. The will of God is that we should possess our vessels (bodies)
in consecration and honor -we are to resist the devil, and he will flee
from us (1 Thessalonians 4:4; James 4:7). We are to cleanse ourselves from
all of the former ways of darkness so that they do not have any place in
our lives (2 Corinthians 7:1).

The Greek word 'palaion' refers to the 'ancient state of things', or the
'original condition'. In this case, the application is the original
condition of sinful man and his desires -thus describing the spiritual
paleontology of the unredeemed man now made new, from the shame and sin of
Adam to the glory and splendor of Christ. The old man has been crucified
with Christ Jesus, and the new man now lives (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians
3:10). The old man was destroyed, so that the body (or dominion) of sin
could also be destroyed (Romans 5:14,21, 6:12,14). As a result, the
redeemed individual -who was made a new creation- may now walk in the
divine nature and newness of life, having been made new and free from sin
(Romans 6:4-7; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17). This is a miracle life
that is well worth living, and is dependent upon walking in the Spirit
(John 3:3-6; Romans 8:14).

Referring to the life before redemption as "old" leaves no doubt of the
view of Scripture concerning the nature of sin. By the free gift of
salvation and the miracle of the new birth, "the old" has been entirely
removed from the redeemed man, having been washed away with the waters of
regeneration (Titus 3:5). Although sin has no right to execute dominion
over a child of God, the fact remains that every child of God must resist
the temptations of the former behavior (Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 3:9;
Romans 6:13; 1 Peter 1:14). Just because our Savior Jesus Christ came and
delivered us from the nature of sin and the power of the devil does not
mean that we cannot return into captivity and be imprisoned once again.
Every person that received the miracle of salvation was set free; and, like
Adam, was given the right to choose daily if they will serve God, or turn
to sin. We must put on the beautiful garments of salvation, being clothed
with Christ; and let's never take them off! (Isaiah 52:1; Romans 13:14;
Galatians 3:27, 5:1,16,25; Romans 6:17-23; 1 Peter 1:13-16)

Sing this song of the Spirit today and everyday:

Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever,

Oh, the glory and the majesty, when only Jesus Christ is seen,
Oh, the glory and the honor, when the Holy Spirit takes control.

Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ! (Romans 13:14)
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