Knowing Jesus Better

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    Ephesians 4:24 says, “and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

    Theological Reflection

    To put on the new self (kanios), is to become the new person; someone who’s life is governed by principles that we see in the life and work of Jesus Christ.

    Romans 13:14 says, Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.”

    When we accept Jesus, as believers we do not become Christ; we put on his likeness; we become God’s new creation in Christ.  Christ-likeness affects, if not transforms our character, personality and attitude. Our lives reflect how God intended us to live.

    Paul says, “to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” God himself is righteous and holy; and these attributes are perfectly manifested in Jesus Christ. Therefore, when we put on the new self (Christ-likeness), are lives are characterized by righteousness and holiness.

    Righteousness is the nature of our covenant membership. As members of the new covenant God’s gives us Himself; He gives us His Son Jesus Christ in whom we can understand and experience the meaning of God’s righteousness.

    Holiness is purity; it manifest in disdain for moral evil. We want nothing to do with condemning, and judging others; even so, we strive to overcome temptation, sin, and the wiles of the Satan. 

    Holiness is divine love we have for one another. We see the ultimate demonstration of holiness in Jesus having died for our sins. In His having died on the cross, we are justified, forgiven, and recipients of grace. The redemptive work of Jesus Christ is rooted (an example) in holiness.

    When we as God’s people reflect God’s character in our daily lives; it is a manifestation of the Kingdom Of God On Earth. Justice is the norm; for justice reigns in God’s kingdom. When justice reigns; righteousness and holiness are intertwined.

    Prayer

    Father, in the name of Jesus we surrender to you, knowing we need you to guide our steps, to show us the path created with your hands; the path we were borne to travel. Bless our eyes to see, and our hears to hear; illuminate our path with signs, wonders and miracles that come down from heaven. For, in this way we will know that it is you leading us.

    Lord, anoint our minds and hearts; so that, with all our strength and being we give ourselves to worship and praise. We worship and praise you O God!  Lord, you are our Redeemer, our Salvation, our Savior, our Lord and God. To you be all glory, honor and praise. In Jesus name we pray. Amen