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.
There is no middle ground. The old self is corrupted and the new self is like God. Paul says to put off the old, natural self and to put on Jesus. Paul said in other places things like: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) and “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20).
There is a crucifying of the old pre-Christ self that is required when we receive the Good News of Christ and accept the free gift of salvation. We cannot receive Christ but keep the old self operating in some way. The flesh battles against the soul. We are new creations! We are created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness… so it is righteousness and holiness that we pursue.
There’s one person that does not like this… my old self. It clamors for attention. It demands its rights. It refuses to be crucified willingly. (Why does this surprise me?) Even so, the choice must be made. Either allow the old self to live on or to be made new in the attitude of my mind. I cannot do both.
Lord Jesus – I choose this new life… this new person that I am in You. Thank You for such grace! I live for You today.