The New Self-Colossians 3:10-11

Colossians 3:10-11 “and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Colossesi 3:10-11  “e vi siete rivestiti del nuovo, che si va rinnovando in conoscenza a immagine di colui che l’ha creato. 11 Qui non c’è Greco o Giudeo, circoncisione o incirconcisione, barbaro, Scita, schiavo, libero, ma Cristo è tutto e in tutti.


     A Christian is supposed to put on a new self, i.e., a new way of thinking and disposition directed toward the things of God. According to the text, it must be constantly renewed (present passive tense) as a believer comes to a personal, deep knowledge of and fellowship with Christ. This renewal is according to the image of its Creator for the purpose of making believers like Him. Ephesians 4:24 echoes the same sentiment: “and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” This does not come automatically. It is the responsibility of the believer to put on the new self every day. In doing so, the believer becomes increasingly more like the Lord as they refresh their new knowledge and yielding to the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work. 

     The old self with all its distinctions and prejudices are removed when the new self in Christ takes control. The list mentioned in the text couldn’t have been more diverse and culturally opposite. They are naturally antagonistic to each other. But the new self creates a new mindset. The national distinctions (Greeks or Jews), the religious distinctions (circumcised or uncircumcised), the cultural distinctions (anyone foreign to Greek culture was a barbarian and a Scythian was a wild, savage nomad) and economic or social distinctions (slave or free) are gone (“Here there is no….”) and “Christ is all, and is in all.” All believers are truly created equal.

Pray with me: Lord, I know that my knowledge as a believer must be renewed daily.

Help me to remove all traces of the old self as I see all believers as created, like me, in Christ Jesus.

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