When Not to Pray; but to Act
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)
It's a fact of the Christian life, we will always fight sin and temptation. With Ephesians 4:22-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones highlights this spiritual battle as we put off the old man and all his ways. Christ commands us to flee sin and the devil as we pursue a life that is consistent with who we are as children of God, benefactors of Christ and his work. This putting off of the old man and pursuit of Christ is not something that Christians do passively, but are commanded to do actively. Simply praying about sanctification, but never acting in pursuit of holiness, lands believers in a bad state. They do not take account of the many commands that God’s Word gives us. Nor do they see that as Christians we are able to flee temptation and flee sin. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones continues, all Christians are called and able to obey God, growing in sanctification. For in the power of the Spirit all Christians are to fight against the old man. They are to wage war against all ungodliness and worldliness that still dwells in them. This is done by consistently seeking to put off the flesh and put on the spirit of righteousness. For God who has called us to salvation also calls us to pursue holiness and sanctification.