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Put Off the Old Man - Put On The New Man

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new  2 Corinthians 5:17

… you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him Colossians  3:9b-10a.

… you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off … the old man … and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness  Ephesians 4:21-24.


The close relationship of the three passages quoted is obvious. Each speaks of the “old” and the “new.” Each concerns God’s work of creation.


In the third passage there is a major break from the other two. The 2 Corinthians and Colossians passages make the putting off of the old and putting on the new a completed reality.


The Ephesian passage lays responsibility on the believer to put off the old and put on the new.


The three verses are brought into harmony with the words “in Christ” in the 2 Corinthians passage. It is those who are “in Christ” who have put off the old and put on the new.


The foundation passage of the believer’s “in Christ” position is Romans 6:3-5. There Paul informs us that when we were baptized into Christ (by the Holy Spirit) at conversion, we were baptized into His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.


We were—past tense—crucified, buried, and resurrected when we received Jesus as Lord and Savior. The old man has already been put off and the new man put on.


Yet, in Romans 6:11-13 Paul lists five things we are to do to experience putting off the old man and putting on the new man. Do those five things and experience what is already true.