Putting Off the Old
The objective of My Healing Choice and Free Me to Live, is to help you reach this point of “Putting Off the Old” so that you can “Put On the New!”
What is the old? It is the old, sinful nature of your natural self.
We have all been born with a sin nature.
Our flesh has an insatiable desire to be gratified.
This is the very self that has experienced the painful past experiences.
Thus, the step that must be made is to die to that old nature which is called “psuche” in the Greek.
Then, as you die to that old nature, a new nature called “pneuma” comes alive.
Collossians 3:1-6 King James Version (KJV)
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
In these six verses, there are two realities at work, two dynamics fighting against each other.
Vs 1 shows you that if you have risen with Jesus Christ then you are alive with Christ. Jesus died on the Cross for you.
He was raised from the dead on the third day.
When you called upon the name of Jesus, in faith, believing, not doubting, you were made new.
Vs. 5 shows a markedly different reality at work. These are the things you are to “put off!”
Reflect upon your life and identify any of these things in your life.
Fornication (immoral sexual intercourse outside of marriage)
uncleanness (unclean living, eating unclean food, watching unclean television, listening to unclean music)
inordinate affection (immoral affection for sin, the lust of the flesh,
evil concupiscence (sexual desire, the lust of the flesh, an ardent sensuous longing)
covetousness (coveting, wanting what others have, idolatry)
The old or first man is the carnal mind, or principle of selfishness.
It begins with caring for the flesh even before its action can have any moral character, and continues to care for the flesh ever after.
Hence it is called a carnal mind, or a minding of the flesh.
Its characteristic feature is that its own gratification is its supreme end.
The passage represents God as working in us to will and to do, and Christians as walking with the Spirit, or after the Spirit and not after the flesh.
Look at Ephesians 4: 22-24: “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 holiness.”
By being renewed in the spirit of your mind!
14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind, I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
PRAY PSALM 139! Search me O God and show me the things in my life that need to be put off!
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