Put on the ‘New Man’

Our daily practice as believers must conform to our new position in Christ Jesus. The Apostle Paul makes an uncompromising and clear statement of the ethical demands of Christianity. What does Christ demand of us? How then shall we live since we have been raised up with Christ and seated with Christ and seated with Him in the heavenly? Therefore, if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Col. 3:1). This is the basis upon which Paul calls for a different ethical standard of living for the Christians. Therefore, consider or remember that you are a dead man. Consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immortality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed which amount to idolatry (col. 3:5).

Paul takes a hard look at a believer’s life. The believer is to put into daily practice the principles of the Word of God by the Holy Spirit. We have a new principle to live by which is that we are to consider as dead or the idea is to imagine as dead. It reminds us of Paul’s summary statement on the first ten verses of Romans chapter 6. He says in Romans 6:11 “…consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” It is an imperative statement. Be constantly counting upon the fact or imagine yourself to be dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Put to death or treat as dead that which is dead; Put into daily practice today what is an accomplished fact in eternity. You died to sin, now bury the beast. The believer who died with Christ has been raised with Christ.

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead; literally put to death the members which are upon the earth. What is it in your life that raises its head up against Christ? What thoughts, attitude, behavior, values that are keeping you from doing the will of God? Is there some self-centeredness that needs to be removed from your life? The apostle Paul calls for a radical transformation of the will. He calls for a change at the center of your life. So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth; something has to die.

What are the members of your earthly body that are used to carrying out the desires that oppose the will of God? Everything that is against God has to go. Treat it as dead. Everything that will keep you from fully surrendering yourself to Christ must be removed. It is a command that requires a decisive action on the part of the believer. God has done his part, now we must act on it. We are to count upon this fact and make personal applications to our lives. Therefore I repeat again, consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed which amount to idolatry. So let us remove it because it is dead. Let me give you the meaning of some things you should put to death.

The first one is Immorality which refers to any kind of illicit sexual behavior outside of marriage relationship. It is all sexual immorality including adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals and close relatives etc.

The next one is Impurity which means uncleanness, filthiness in a moral sense; it is perverted immoral lifestyle.

Thirdly, Passion meaning inordinate affection; a strong drive that does not cease until it is satisfied. This strong desire can be either good or bad but this context indicates depraved passion. This person is a slave to his own evil desires. He is a driven person who is obsessed by his evil passions.

Next, Evil Desire is a desire or longing for something that is forbidden. It is a lust for all evil. Paul probably includes the word here to cover every conceivable evil thing that is against the holiness of God.

These are some of the things we as believers must put to death in our lives if we are going to win this war and take back our nation. We have to start to operate in the spirit and not in the flesh. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Cor. 10:4). We can only pull down strongholds if we are dead to the flesh, then can we engage in spiritual warfare. Let’s do this and save our nation, our family, our children, and our marriage. They are all depending on us, on you.

Let us Pray: Dear God, thank you for your amazing grace that even when we fall short of your glory, you still accept us with open arms. God help us to be victorious in our day to day walk with you. Help us to stand and not be persuaded by the sins of this world. Keep us steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in your work. Give us the strength to die to our flesh daily so that we can walk in newness of life. May we walk by faith and not by sight in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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