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Devotional - week of December 1, 2002


NEW “CONVERSIONS” EVERYDAY

… the new man who is renewed … Colossians 3:10

The verb translated “renewed” is used only two times in the New Testament—as is the noun form of the word. Three of the usages describe changes in believers. In Titus 3:5 one of the nouns describes the conversion experience.

This implies that believers can have conversion-like changes. 2 Corinthians 4:16b expresses daily renewals.

… though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.

The above statement is part of a discussion on the theme of suffering. Verse 18 explains why suffering results in daily renewal.

… while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:18

Suffering changes our thinking from thoughts of this physical world to thoughts of the spirit world where God is. Romans 12:2 also presents the renewal of our minds as the basis for deliverance from worldly thinking: “… do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind …

Colossians 3:9b-10 shows that “renewal” comes through our thinking—when we put off the old man and put on the new man.  

… 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 …

When we continue to put off the old man and put on the new man, God continues to give new knowledge—leading to our becoming more like Him.

Through our sufferings and through our continually living out our oneness with Christ, we experience repeated “conversions” into the image of God.