“Put Off the Old Self and Put on the New Self!”
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; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
I’ve been told many times, that some people miss Heaven by the distance from the mind to the heart. In other words some have a knowledge of salvation, but they don’t possess it. They accept it in their mind but not in their heart. And a prime example of someone who has done this is; that they have NOT put off their old self, but are still clinging to their old thoughts and ways.
The Apostle Paul says that we are to “put off the old self, which is corrupted by its deceitful desires, and to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” This is not possible if you are still clinging to those old, sinful corrupt desires and ways.
When a person ‘repents’ of their sins, it means that they ‘turn away’ from those sinful ways and put off the old self, then they turn to Christ and put on a new self, one that is created to be like God in a right relationship with Him and to be holy as He is holy. We are to walk away from our old, sinful corrupt self, and turn to a new, righteous, holy life that is made possible ONLY through the regeneration process brought about by the work of God’s Holy Spirit that indwells the TRUE believer.
When a person accepts God’s gift of salvation in their mind ONLY, they do not possess God’s Holy Spirit. They may have a head knowledge, but without the heart knowledge, they are still living the old self and have not experienced a TRUE repentance, or turning away from the old sinful self and therefore they do not possess what they profess to be, and that is to possess a true righteous and holy life with God. A person must be drawn to God by the Holy Spirit. It cannot be something that they decide to do on their own, whenever they want to. But the Holy Spirit of God brings them under conviction and draws them to God for the salvation of their souls. They are then given the opportunity to ACCEPT or REJECT His gift of salvation, but it must be a HEART thing.
When one accepts God’s gift of salvation from a HEART knowledge, then they are to ‘put on the new self,’ and allow the Holy Spirit to change their way of thinking and living. He will guide and lead them to living a righteous and holy life before the Almighty God.
If you have not accepted God’s gift of salvation and are living in your old self, or if you have thought that you have accepted it, but are still living in your old self, then you are deceiving yourself and are not TRULY possessing what you are professing, and you are headed for an eternity in Hell, a place that is void of anything good. A place of torment and misery, the likes of which mankind has never experienced. The Holy Spirit may be drawing you to God, right now for the salvation of your soul, if you feel that tugging on your heart strings then it is a strong possibility that He is convicting you of your sins, if this is the case, what you should do NOW, is: Confess your sins to God and ask Him for His forgiveness, believing, with all your HEART, that Jesus died for you, and is alive in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then accept His gift of salvation, and put off your old self, by turning away from your sins and turning to Christ and live a TRUE righteous and Holy life for God. Do it now, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming soon!!!