Yesterday, we continued our discussion on grace, not good works, being the root of our salvation. We also discussed the fact that although it is not the number of good things we do that saves our soul, good works should be a byproduct of having a spiritual relationship with Christ. Today, we are going to take a closer look into the latter and gain a better understanding of what that means. This brings us to our key text coming out of Ephesians 4:23 — 25 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor; for we are members one of another.
When we accept Christ into our hearts, we should literally become a new person. Some people pride themselves on never changing: “Oh, I’m the same ole Bob I was 30 years ago.” When a person gives their life over to Christ, however, we should be growing everyday in our spiritual walk, and the first step in this process is being renewed in the spirit of our minds. To achieve this, we must read God’s Word. Everything about us — what we say and do — originates from our brains, and when we fill ourselves with scripture it changes the way we think. For example, if we were once quick tempered, we would have learned through God’s Word to be quick to listen and slow to wrath. The example Apostle Paul gives in verse 25 to the people of Ephesus is putting away a lying tongue.
The actual practice of these Biblical teachings is what allows us to “put on the new man” God desires for us to be. As we are blessed to grow in age, there should be new spiritual changes in us at least each year if not each week or day. No, our willingness to change our ways for Christ is not what saves us, but it is certainly what shows God that we love Him and appreciate all that He has done, is doing, and will do for us.
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