Ephesians 4:22-24 - Experiencing the New Life in Christ.

Eph.4:22-24; Experiencing the New Life in Christ.

Eph 4:22-24 (KJV)  That ye put off concerning the former 
conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 
and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the 
new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true 

Eph 4:22-24 (TEV)  So get rid of your old self, which made you 
live as you used to--the old self that was being destroyed by its 
deceitful desires.  Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, and 
you must put on the new self, which is created in God's likeness and 
reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.  

The old self . . . the new self; the old is what we were before 
we were saved, and the new is the new life we have in Christ.  
[Ryrie SB] 

Since the new self is created, it cannot refer to the indwelling 
Christ, but rather to the kind of person he produces in the new believer 
- - this is a new way of life that one not only "puts on" 
positionally at conversion but is also urged to "put on" experientially as a 
Christian.  [NIV SB] 

Our old way of life before we believed in Christ is completely 
in the past. We should put it behind us like old clothes to be 
thrown away. This is both a once-for-all decision when we decide to 
accept Christ's gift of salvation and also a daily conscious 
commitment. We are not to be driven by desire and impulse. We must put on 
the new role, head in the new direction, and have the new way of 
thinking that the Holy Spirit gives. [Life Application SB] 

The grace of Christ is essential every day, every hour. Unless 
it is with us continually, the inconsistencies of the natural heart 
will appear and the life will present a divided service. The 
character is to be full of grace and truth. Wherever the religion of 
Christ works, it will brighten and sweeten every detail of life with 
more than an earthly joy and a higher than earthly peace.  6BC1117 

Under God's Searching Eye
Provision has been made whereby every soul that is struggling 
under sinful practices may be made free from sin. "Behold the Lamb of 
God, which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). The 
Christian is not to retain his sinful habits and cherish his defects of 
character, but he is to be renewed in the spirit of his mind after the 
divine similitude. Whatever may be the nature of your defects, the 
Spirit of the Lord will enable you to discern them, and grace will be 
given you whereby they may be overcome. Through the merits of the 
blood of Christ you may be a conqueror--yes, more than a conqueror. . 
. .  
Ask the Lord to reveal to you yourself; place your life under 
His searching eye, and when He lays hold upon your case you will see 
that you have made grievous mistakes, and what you supposed was of 
little importance was offensive in the sight of Heaven. You will see 
that there is a decided need of thorough transformation of character. 
You will realize that you must put away the evil of your doings, and 
cooperate with God and heavenly angels who are sent to minister unto those 
who shall be heirs of salvation. . . .  
Self must die. Every practice, every habit, that has a harmful 
tendency, however innocent it may be regarded by the world, must be 
battled with until overcome, that the human agent may perfect a 
character after the divine Pattern. . . .  
The crooked ways, the perverse doings of those around us, are 
not to dim the luster of our piety or to lead us to conform our 
habits to, and assimilate our customs and practices with, the world's. 
Let the prayer go forth from the lips of those who claim to be the 
sons and daughters of God, "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try 
me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, 
and lead me in the way everlasting" (Ps. 139:23, 24). 

Eph 4:22-24 (CWB)  Then put off the old self which is corrupt 
and deceitful and full of lust.  Determine to live totally for Him.  
Begin each day with a commitment to live for Christ.  This is what it 
means to put on the new self, to be a new person in Christ, one who 
has been re-created in uprightness and holiness.