Christ is Your Environment (Part Eleven) Identifying With The Nature Of Christ In You - Part One



Continued from the last episode:

In the last few episodes we have dealt with the things that we should add to knowledge and as a result be fruitful in the knowledge of Christ. However, it is important for us to look into the things we are asked to put off as believers. Those things that are considered as loads that weighs the believer down. The instruction says put off, again it suggests that it is the responsibility of the believer not God’s. This is coming up because many have been misled that the gospel of grace is an opportunity for one to live his life the way and manner he or she so desires, this is a fallacy and should not be accepted. This we shall be discussing in another topic but for now let’s see what Apostle Paul said to the Colossians in his epistle to them and I quote “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;” (Colossians 3:8-9). And to the Ephesians Apostle Paul wrote thus; and I quote “But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus 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;” (Ephesians 4:20-22). 

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Let's start with the last quotation before we go into most of the things he said we should put off in the former quotation. Here he made mention of things like, not so learned Christ, been taught by Him, the truth is in Jesus, putting off the former conversation the old man, corrupt according to the deceitful lusts and then be renewed in the spirit of your mind. These are cogent points or statement one shouldn’t just overlooked but consider while reading these texts. We have not so learned Christ and been taught by Him, implies that, Jesus Christ should be the standard for every believer. Whatever the believer sees in Christ is what he should go for and never veers from it. The truth is in Jesus, infers that Jesus Christ is the reality and that there is not fakeness in Him, what He says He is, is what He is and no two ways about it. Therefore, a believer in Christ should as a matter of fact replicate what he sees in Him and as a result should not be anything less than true. And because the truth is in Christ and the believer has learn of Him there is no way a life of corruption should be found in the believer hence the important step of putting off the former conversation which is the life he has lived before coming into Christ. This former life or nature is corrupted according to the deceitful lusts in the world which is engineered in the mind of the former man or old man, and for the new man who is now in Christ to be well established the tendency is there for renewal of his mind. This is where the life in Christ begins, yes in the mind, once the mind is renewed, there is an assurance that whatever that is learned of Christ must be established and remains. 

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When the mind of the believer has been renewed, putting off these things mentioned in the above quotations will not be a glitch for him, in the sense that the ability has be built in him. So we begin to look at the things to put off and why we should put them off. Firstly, let me begin to answer why, Like said in the earlier episodes, a believer is someone who has heard the gospel of Christ and believed in it. The action to believe is a function of faith in the word preached and it brings him into the fold of Christ and he is sealed with the Holy Ghost as God’s property. Since he has believed the word preached to him, he’s now born of the Word or the Spirit and as a result should live in and by the Word or the Spirit. Which implies that his nature becomes what the Word or the Spirit offers him and whatever the Word or the Spirit has to offer will not be something he has to put off but be established in. That is to say whatever he has to put off will not be anything of the Word or the Spirit, and anything not emanating from the Word or the Spirit is known as carnal or flesh, see (Galatians 5:19). 


So these things we are asked to put off are the carnal things and because they are not of the Word or the Spirit we should as a matter fact put them off and these includes Anger and wrath. Now why must we put off anger and wrath, notice that this two attributes stem from the same source and one and the same in nature. Apostle James says in his epistle that, I quote “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”(James 1:20). Therefore, a believer supposed to put off anger and wrath because they don’t showcase the righteousness of God in the believer. These two doesn’t reflect the nature of Christ who the believer has learned and therefore they should be done away with.

To be continued......

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