Holiness and Sanctification
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:22-24
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV)
By the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, sinful men and women are made into new creatures. They are justified before God and made truly righteous. From Ephesians 4:22-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that the old man has been crucified with Christ and we now live according to the Spirit of God that dwells in us. However, there is a sense in which the old man is still with Christians. This old man, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out, refers to the sinful principle in our bodies called the flesh. This is why though Christians are saved, regenerated, and justified, they nevertheless continually struggle with sin. This struggle is something that will go on throughout the entirety of the Christian life as we battle sin and the flesh. But all believers can rest assured knowing that Christ Jesus will return and bring to completion what he has begun in us. This should encourage all Christians struggling with sin to put off the old man and flee to Christ Jesus knowing that he cares for us and loves us. We ought to flee all legalistic moralism, run to Christ, and pursue true holiness as we seek to glorify him in all we do.