Ephesians (W8D3) The New Self

May 2, 2018

 

Week 8. Wednesday:  The New Self

 

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

 

READ:  Ephesians 4:22-24

22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

 

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Put Off (Greek: apotithēmi): to put or lay aside, to get rid of

  • Old Self (Greek: palaios anthrōpos): the former person, past lifestyle

  • Corrupted (Greek: phtheirō): to become depraved, to be destroyed

    • Our old self is corrupted by its sinful desires.

    • We can also be corrupted by the company we keep (1 Corinthians 15:33).

  • Deceitful Desires (Greek: apatē epithymia): literally deceitful lusts

  • Made New (Greek: ananeoō): renewed, specifically in the mind

  • Attitude (Greek: pneuma): the spirit of the mind is a better translation

    • Our attitude drives all that we do.

    • Paul taught that the solution is a constant renewal of our mind (Romans 12:2).

  • Put On (Greek: endyō): to sink into, to clothe oneself (Romans 13:11-14)

  • New Self (Greek: kainos anthrōpos): a new kind of person

    • This is not just a modified version but a whole new person.

    • Paul is referring to a new creation (see 2 Corinthians 5:17).

  • Like God (Greek: kata theos): created by God to reflect God

    • We are called to reflect God’s character (righteousness & holiness).

    • God explains His character in Exodus 34:4-7.

 

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

The goal of the Christian life is to become more like Christ every day. As we grow in our understanding of who God is, we will start to become more like Him. We have to start by putting off our old self and leaving behind the desires of our sin nature. Then we can reflect a gracious God to those around us.

 

What deceitful desires come from our old self?

 

What godly desires come from our new self?

 

Read Exodus 34:4-7. What part of God’s character most describes you?

PRAY:
 Thank God for giving you the ability to live a new life.

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