In Christ, I Am Freed, Renewed And Yielded To God.
New Creature: In Jesus Christ, you are made a new creature by God. This means that old things have passed away and all things become new. The Bible refers to this as our “old man” and “new man.” As we understand we are a new creature in Christ, we have to start living it out. We have to “put off” the old man and “put on” the new man. We do this through knowing our union with Christ, renewing our minds and yielding our lives to God.
Romans 6:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 3:27
In Christ, I Am Free From Sin (Know Your Union With Christ)
- Know that all believers who were baptized in Christ were baptized (planted) into His death and burial. This means that we were spiritually immersed into His death. The Holy Spirit through our faith in Christ unifies and identifies us with the death of Jesus.
- Know that our “old man” (who you were before faith in Jesus) was crucified with Jesus. This means that you died to sin. Your sinful nature died. You are no longer a slave to sin nor do you have to serve it but you are free from sin.
- Know that all believers who were baptized in Christ were also raised up from the dead to walk in newness of life. Jesus was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father defeating everything evil including death. The Holy Spirit through our faith in Christ unifies and identifies us with the resurrection of Jesus. This enables us to live unto God.
Romans 6:4-5; 8-10
- Reckon these truths to be true. In the same way that Jesus was crucified dying unto sin and then was resurrected to live unto God, likewise, we are to see ourselves as dead to sin and alive unto God. This is only possible through Jesus Christ. Not only does He save us and promise us eternal life, but makes us a new creature who is able to overcome sin and live for God.
Romans 6:11,22; Colossians 3:1–4
In Christ, I Am A New Man (Renew Your Mind)
- We no longer act according to the “vanity of our minds,” but we are renewed in the spirit of our mind. Before we were saved, we were alienated from God and lived in sin, but now we have trusted in Christ and are no longer separated from God, therefore we have a new understanding that we are to live out. As believers, we think and act differently.
- The Holy Spirit is constantly renewing our minds through the Word of God. This renewing transforms the way that we live. We don’t live as unwise, not knowing what the will of the Lord is, but redeem the time living Holy Spirit-filled lives to the glory of God.
Romans 12:2; Colossians 3:16–17; Ephesians 5:14–21; 2 Corinthians 4:16
- As we renew our minds, we are to put off the old man—our sinful nature before faith in Christ. This old man is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. We are at war with our old man and we are to mortify those members of sin.
Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:5–9
- As we renew our minds, we are to put on the new man—our righteous nature after faith in Christ. This new man is created in righteousness and true holiness. It is created in the likeness of God. Based on our position in Christ as the elect of God, holy and beloved, we are to put on those things that are characteristic of God himself.
Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10–14
- Practically this means that we are to stop doing certain things and start doing other things. For example: we are to stop stealing and start giving; we are to stop using corrupt communication and start using edifying communication; we are to stop being bitter and start forgiving.
Ephesians 4:25–32; 5:1–4
In Christ, I Am A Servant Of God (Yield Yourself To God)
- We no longer yield to sin. We don’t have to let sin reign in our bodies. Sin has no dominion over us (we live under grace not the law). Spiritually we are righteous before God, but we still live in our earthly bodies that are capable of sinning. Our body and it’s members tempt us to sin, but we are to control them and not let them be instruments of unrighteousness—doing things against the will of God.
- We yield ourselves to God. Because of our union with Christ, we were made free from sin (we don’t serve sin) and became the servants of God. Therefore, we are to yield our members as instruments of righteousness—doing things according to the will of God.
Romans 6:13, 16-23
- We yield ourselves as living sacrifices. A sacrifice in the Old Testament was the offering of dead animals to God, but we no longer need to offer sacrifices because of Jesus’ death and resurrection; so our only reasonable service is to offer our entire lives to God, as if we were actually giving our lives like a sacrifice requires. This means we are willing to completely be yielded to God, living lives that are holy and acceptable to Him.
- How am I set free from sin?
- What does it mean to be free from sin?
- What does it mean to yield yourself to God?
- What does it mean to renew our minds?
- What does it mean to put off the old man and put on the new man?