“..throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.”
Paul was writing this letter to the church in Ephesus not only encourage their faith but to also teach them how to live as renewed believers in Christ. There was a tendency in the church for the believers to keep going back to their old sinful ways of living. Paul, in addressing this issue, encourages the believers to ‘throw off’ their old sinful natures and old ways of living. Throwing off, means that you are making a decision to not let something cling to you or be on you. It is a decision that you want to undress yourself from your previous lifestyle, becoming completely vulnerable before God and then allow Him to cloth you in your new nature, clothing made from the righteousness of Christ.
Our old sinful nature leads only to death and disappointment. It is corrupted by lust, deception and all works of the enemy. Yet in Christ there in fullness of joy, freedom and grace. Let us not return to ‘our‘ old ways but allow Christ’s work of redemption and the Holy Spirit’s work of renewal to transform our lives. Let daily come before God to renew us and make us more like Him. Let the Holy Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes (for it is God’s work alone that make us whole). Let us run away from the temptations that try to attach themselves to us again. Moreover, let us walk and live in the power of the Holy Spirit and in the victory of the cross. As Paul encouraged the church in Ephesus “Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused… But that isn’t what you learned about Christ….Instead let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”