Session 9- Put Off and Put On
Central Theme: Pursuing Change
Objective Statement: Every believer can pursue change by living out three expressions.
- Imagine going outside and raking the leaves, mowing the lawn, painting the house and pressure washing the driveway.
- You complete your job and its time to go on a date with your significant other.
- You go in to shower, and instead of taking off your smelly clothes, you just walk into the shower, clothes and all and attempt to clean up.
- You get out an towel off, and then you go to your closet. You start to put on new clothes.
- How confident are you in this process?
- Will the date go well? Probably not!
- If you’re going to change your look, smell, and readiness for the date, you have to get out of the old clothes and put on the new ones.
- This really is the process that Paul talks about when it comes to spiritual change for us.
- Once we know Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit indwells us, sealing us until the day of redemption.
- From the inside out, God wants to change us.
- This process is like the illustration- we take off the old and put on the new.
- It’s like remodeling- We take out the old, and we put in the new.
Every believer can pursue change by living out three expressions.
Expression #1– “Out with the Old”. V. 17-22
(17) This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
(18) Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:
(19) Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
- The lifestyle and behavior of one who is in Christ is fundamentally different form the lifestyle of one who is lost.
- The believer has a renewed mind, while the lost person has a futile mind.
- The believers understanding has been increased by the Lord, while the lost person has been alienated from God, His Wisdom, and life.
- Because of this they are “past feeling”. They are callous, insensitive to the will of God.
- They have been given over to lasciviousness (lewdness), uncleanness (sexual and otherwise), and greediness (selfishness at the expense of others and them selves.
- Believers ought to be sensitive to God’s will, clean, selfless, and constantly pursuing the will of God.
- We ought to be people who think well, and who let that thinking impact our behavior.
(20) But ye have not so learned Christ; (21) If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (22) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
- Those who are living unclean lives in verses 17-19 are by definition not living out anything learned from Christ.
- Believers should abandon this old way of thinking and living.
- The Bible says to resist the devil and he will flee from you.
- Yet it’s not enough to just abandon wrong thinking and living.
- We must begin to think and live differently.
Expression #2- “In with the New”. V. 23-25
(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.
- The teaching and Truth of Christ should lead to clean living borne out of a renewed mind.
- We must put on God’s frame of reference. We must think rightly . We must think truthfully, and put off wrong thinking.
- Right behavior always follows right thinking and beliefs, while wrong behavior always follows wrong thinking and beliefs.
- Nothing is different until I think differently.
- This is what the purpose of the Bible.
(16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
(17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
- Scripture helps us to know what to believe and not to believe, what to do and not to do so that we will be mature and completely equipped for every good work.
- This is the process that Paul is describing. Out with the old, and in with the new.
- To use the Biblical terms, “put off” and “put on”.
- He then goes on to describe what it would look like to do this in our lives. Thus the next expression.
Expression #3- “Embrace the Process”. V.26-32
(25) Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
- This is Paul fleshing out the put off/put on imperative.
- Put away lying, and put on speaking truth.
(26) Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
(27) Neither give place to the devil.
- Put off anger that leads to revenge or is ungodly. Put off behaviors that will give an opportunity for Satan.
- What should we put on instead – Kindness, forgiveness, service- by my implication.
(28) Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
- Instead of being selfish and steal what is not yours, labor and work so that you can be generous.
- Put of stealing, and put on hard work, generosity, and gift giving.
(29) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
- Put off corrupt (death giving) communication.
- Put on edifying (life giving) communication that ministers grace. Mature believers speak the truth in love.
(30) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
- When I put off what I should and put on what I should I avoid grieving the Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit lives inside of me, and so I ought to be obedient to Him through this process.
(31) Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
(32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
- Put off:
- Evil Speaking
- Put on:
- What is the right motivation for this forgiveness? Christ’s forgiveness of us!
- Paul places all of those put off and put on actions in vs. 31 and 32 in the person and work of Christ.
- The motivation to forgive, be kind, and be tenderhearted is Christ’s treatment of us.
- He could have dealt with us in wrath righteously, but instead He was kind, compassionate and forgiving.
- We should allow the vertical kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness that we receive be reflected horizontally to those around us.
- They don’t deserve it, just as we did not deserve it from God, but we give it to them because of what He did for us.
- Why is it important for us to remember what life apart from Christ was like?
- How did believers’ transition from futile thinking to a right way of thinking?
- Why was it important for you to take off the old self and put on the new self?
- Of the practices listed in this text, which one do you find to be the most challenging to change in your own life?
- How can you as a believer walk differently than the world?