I heard, “Your head will surely be lifted up!”
Discovering Christ In Ephesians
We saw from our last discussion that, as those that are of the family of Christ, as those that have learned Christ, we are not to walk as other Gentiles walk in the emptiness of their mind, but we are to walk in the righteousness of God as those whose mind are enlightened with the knowledge of the Son of God.
Then the apostle continues;
“That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” Ephesians 4:22.
This is a very strong exhortation. “That ye put off concerning the former conversation….”
The apostle looks at them as regenerated sons of God, thus their former way of living ought to be put aside. By saying “former” he affirms they are already created in Christ Jesus.
Now who are they to put off? We hear “the old man” the depraved nature we inherited from the womb as sons of Adam.
We all are naturally born with this fallen nature, until we receive the nature of the second man called the Christ.
We are born after the flesh sinners because of the old man we inherited from the womb. A man fashioned in sin who by the fall lost his innocence and became “corrupt according to the deceitful lusts….”
Now observe carefully the last part of the verse “deceitful lust….”
This is saying all the passions, the propensities that the world offer, all the promises of a better life, a true satisfaction, a glorious estate are just vain promises. All what the world offers outside of Christ is deception.
Whatsoever pleasure the world promises is illusive. It is a plunge to ruin. Many follow a promised better life but end up in blunt betrayal.
The passions of the world are mere flatteries orchestrated for betrayal. As the enlightened, we are not to yield to these vanities, we are not to be led astray by these empty deceits.
Then we hear the apostle continue;
“And be renewed in the spirit of your mind….” Ephesians 4:23.
Let your mind be renovated. Let your soul be renewed after your new nature. Let your character be reformed after the image of him who created you.
It is not just enough to be regenerated, the end cause is that we be confirmed to the image of his son. For this reason you were saved.
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29.
God lives in you, he is the one you have be fashioned after. But your mind and body needs a conformation to your new spiritual state. Your spirit is created perfect, which we are to always put on.
“And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24.
Observe carefully the above verse, it says, “put on the new man….”
This means the new man is accessible by you. And who is the new man? Your very nature, the spirit of Christ in you.
This is your regenerated self. The real you. Let it manifest in your soul, and body. Put the light on!
You see, that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:6.
If you are born of the Spirit then you are spirit. You are spirit, having a soul and living in a body. If the real you is the spirit, then how are you created?
We hear, “Which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness….”
You are created righteous and truly holy. You are righteous by nature. You are righteous and holy by creation, and not by what you will do or have done. You are born again righteous.
If you are created by God a man then you will always be a man by creation. Even so are you. You are created after God, you are created exactly like God, you are created in every aspect according to God in righteousness and true holiness.
Where the old you was fashioned in sin (Psalm 51:5), the new you is fashioned in righteousness and true holiness.
You can not help but be righteous for this is how you were created. You are by nature righteous and truly holy.
This same truth is expressed by the apostle in his letter to the church at Corinth.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Observe carefully the word “made” from the above verse. The Greek word translated for made is the word ‘ginomai’ which means to cause to be, to generate, to become, to come into being (Strong’s G1096).
Observe again the words used in the definition, to generate, and to come into being.
In Christ we are generated righteous. We are brought into being or existence righteous and truly holy.
We are skunked when we consent to a religious calumny about who we are. Every conceited importunity to seek for what we already are is a demonic shenanigan.
So here is a wise exhortation by Paul to let your life and nature that is created in God come forth. Wear in your consciousness who you truly are and let the world see and experience the righteousness and holiness of God flowing through you. Turn on the lights O’ righteous and truly holy one!
I am a new creation. Born again righteous. I am truly holy.
The righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. The light of the world in Christ. A chosen generation. I am a royal priesthood. I am a divine species — a peculiar people.
A living manifestation of the righteousness and holiness of God. I am conscious of who God has made me. I know who God says I am. I put on the new man, bold and fearless.
I cannot be deceived. I walk in the wisdom and power of God. Doing mighty works that are only synonymous with who I am in Christ Jesus. Hallelujah!
I heard, “I have not left you, so do not think I AM unconcerned. My Word is coming into being. Yes, the Fire, but it is for purification.
Not a single hair on your head shall be lost as you stay focused looking to Me. Soon it will be over and you will be restored.
Your head will surely be lifted up above your enemies. You will surely enjoy the days of prosperity.”
“Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance.” Psalm 105:19-21.
Blessings in Christ,
~ Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Living Hill Christian Church, Headquartered in Benue State Nigeria, with a vision to restore the earth with the Gospel of God’s Grace. Called to be a pastor, he is mightily used of God in the Healing, Prophetic, Teaching, Music and Writing Ministries.
The author of “A Sure Foundation,” “The Truth About The Gospel,” “Galatians Commentary” and more he is also the author of Royal Life Daily Devotional and Prophecy published on the Church’s website and internationally on prominent websites.
Pastor Jahfas is the creator of the online Mentorship School: Grace Bible College