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Old Self vs. New Self.

I’m teaching Bible classes this semester at Blackhawk Christian School and as we finished up Galatians in the freshman class, we took some time to reflect on it.  One of the main points Paul hits on is old self vs. new self. I don’t think it can be more clear as to what it’s saying as he says it so many times in so many ways.  Here’s a list from Galatians:

  • Slavery vs. Freedom
  • Child vs. Man
  • Slave woman (Hagar) vs. Free woman (Sarah)
  • Ishmael vs. Isaac
  • According to flesh vs Through promise
  • Present Jerusalem vs. Jerusalem above or New Jerusalem
  • Persecuting vs. Persecuted
  • Gratify the desires of the flesh vs. Walk in the Spirit
  • Under the law vs. Led by the Spirit
  • Works of the flesh vs. Fruit of the Spirit
  • Sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. vs. love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
  • Reaping corruption vs. Reaping eternal life.

Now, Paul says you can’t have both, that you’re either in the Spirit or you’re of the flesh.  With so many ways to justify what we do, what if we made a list of some of the major areas of our lives and then checked how well that area lined up with either the Spirit or the flesh. Take a few minutes and take an honest look at these and compare them to the old/new self list above.

  • Your faith (more about relationship or about making sure you do certain things)
  • The relationship with your parents
  • Your appearance – why you dress the way you do
  • Social media – Facebook, Myspace, Twitter…
  • Technology – Web, texting, pictures, iPod, computer
  • The relationships you have with your friends
  • Boyfriend or Girlfriend
  • Your daily attitude
  • Media – Music, TV, movies
  • Where you find your identity
  • Your conversations, what you spend time talking about.
  • Forgiveness

At the core of who you are, taking these earlier points into account, are you more still living as your old self of the flesh or in your new self in Christ?

It’s a good self-reflection to see just how much of our lives we still crave to hold on to and how much we’ve given over to the One who gives us life.

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