Saved From Your Old Self
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
There are some things that are obviously not included in the all things that are become new. We still breathe, walk, think, have pain, are overweight, bald, etc. Our physical bodies are not included in the all things that have become new. The things that have become new are spiritual, non-material and eternal. They are on the inside. These were changes that took place the moment we received Christ and were placed in Him. There are other changes that will take place when Christ returns. The things that will be changed when Christ returns are our bodies.
1 Corinthians 15:52: In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
When we get saved we usually think about what we are saved from in the future. (Hell) But we are also saved from being the person we were in the past. The old creature had desires that are now passed away. His willingness to sin became an unwillingness to sin. He was for sin and now he is against it. He was against righteousness and now he is for it. What he was and who he was on the inside are passed away and become new. When we get saved from drowning, we don*t jump right back into the water until we learn to swim. When we escape from a snare, we try to avoid stepping back into it. When we get saved from our sin, we don*t want to jump right back into that either.
The old things were parts of a dead thing. The dead thing was dead because it was not connected to God, the source of life. The new things have been made new because they are now connected to God, made alive by Him and strengthened by His power.
Ephesians 3:16: That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
2 Corinthians 4:16: For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
The old self was alienated from God and an enemy of God. The new self is reconciled to God and a child of God.
Colossians 1:21: And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
Ephesians 4:17-18: This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
Romans 8:16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
God saved me from my old self and I wouldn*t want to be my old self again. Has he saved you from your old self?
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