by Paul Tautges | March 7, 2012 6:00 am
The goal of the Christian life is to become what we already are. What do I mean? Repeatedly in the New Testament believers are referred to as those who are “in Christ.” Since believers have died to sin and have been raised to new life in Christ we must put off the old man as we put on the new. We must make every effort to put to death those sinful thoughts and attitudes which hinder our growth in Christ. We must put on the new man. And a massive part of this involves our thinking patterns, as mentioned yesterday.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:2-3). The clearly stated reason to change our thinking patterns is our new position. We have already died and been raised to new life. We have no life—except the life that is now ours in Christ. Everything we are is connected to Christ. What a glorious truth!
As we obey this call to “set the mind” on the things of God the more we become in our experience what we already are in our position. The more we take positive action to “think on these things” (Phil 4:8), the more the Holy Spirit [super]naturally confronts the negative thought patterns that hinder Godward faith. Therefore, thinking on the things of the Lord requires its companion discipline of not thinking on the things of the world.
This change of thinking fuels change in our behavior/living. Paul illustrates this as the changing one’s clothes (Col 3:12-14). We must put off the old self (everything we inherited from Adam) and put on the new man (all that we are in Christ). In Christ, God has given us new clothing to wear. What does this new clothing look like? Since we are chosen in Christ, holy (set apart to God from the world), and beloved by God, we must put on the following 8 virtues daily.
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