In this passage, Paul is describing some attributes of true Christian behavior. He starts on stressing the importance of keeping a Heavenly perspective by “setting our minds on the things that are above, not on the things of this earth.” This can be better understood by striving to put Heaven’s priorities into daily practice; concentrating on the eternal rather than the temporal. While it is true that our service and conduct do not earn our salvation, they do serve as tangible results of it. If you’ve turned from your sin and put your faith in Christ alone, take heart that your salvation is sure and live each day for Him.
Questions for further thought:
1. What does it mean to “put on the new self”?
2. Have I committed my life to putting on the new self? Can I call out some evidences in my life that would prove this to be true?
Challenge: Every Christian is in a continuing education program. Commit to maturing in your faith and growing in holiness.
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