Put Off, Put On
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; and to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
It is so interesting to see how fashion has progressed over time; that the clothes that once seemed to suit, now repulse. This is what Paul picks up on in Ephesians 4; not the progression of fashion, but wearing that which doesn’t fit or suit properly. Paul is speaking about the fundamental beliefs of the mind and heart, comparing them to earthly garments. So, let me ask you; is what you’re wearing comfortable? Does it fit properly? Does it suit?
Part of Paul’s fundamental theology is the believer’s participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. So, let me say outright that these verses are not talking about you ‘dying to self’. The bible repeatedly states that we have already died with Christ (Rom. 6 etc.). You, that is the old you, the spiritually dead you, was eradicated. You have been rebirthed in Christ’s resurrection, you are new, you are holy, YOU are a Saint (look at how often Paul addresses believers as Saints regardless of their behaviour).
As a Saint though it will be far more comfortable for you to wear clothes (the beliefs of the mind and heart) that are in your heavenly wardrobe! As a holy, righteous Child of the Most High God, as regal son or daughter, it will suit you to wear clothes from the royal chambers. So, put off those beliefs that belong to the Adam (rule based thinking, striving, lack, sin-consciousness, fear). And put on those beliefs which correspond to your new identity (grace based thinking, prosperity, the idea that you are effortlessly holy in Christ). As you change the beliefs of your mind and heart, get rid of law, rules and striving, and believe what God has said about you, you will manifest the full stature of God.