BCL Grow: The New Self — Ephesians 4:24

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Ephesians 4:24 (Sanctification)

Bible Passage

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. — Ephesians 4:24


“These works, proceeding from the good root of faith, are good and acceptable to God, since they are all sanctified by his grace. Yet they do not count toward our justification—for by faith in Christ we are justified, even before we do good works. Otherwise they could not be good, any more than the fruit of a tree could be good if the tree is not good in the first place.” — The Belgic Confession, Article 24.

Steps to Take

1. Consider: In his commentary on the book of Ephesians, theologian S. M. Baugh makes the following point about the works believers do as part of the new creation in Christ: “Believers are (re)created for these good works (2:10). We walk in light because we are now light (5:8). Put in terms of dogmatics, personal sanctification is the necessary fruit of justification. They are distinguishable but inseparable.” — S. M. Baugh, Ephesians: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary, pp. 377-78.

2. Reflect: The constant battles we face between the old self (our flesh) and the new self (our new life in Christ) can cause us to doubt whether we are really saved. Take a moment to reflect on the specific sins that you struggle to kill in your life.

3. Remember: As a believer, you can trust God that you will bear fruit because the Holy Spirit indwells you, and you are a new creation! The Belgic Confession makes the important point that our works are acceptable in God’s sight because they are the fruit of the Spirit. Seek to honor God in all you do today, and everyday, as you “put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:24).

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