Way back when typewriters were still in use, I was a firefighter in Montreal. Coming back from a fire my clothes were filthy and I smelled of smoke. I would not put on a clean uniform over the dirty one. I would first remove the dirty outfit, then shower and finally put on the clean uniform. The smell of smoke, however; stunk for several days even after the shower.

Ephesians 4: 21-24 describes our spiritual cleansing as follows: “assuming that you have heard .about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 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.”

Just as I would take off my ruined clothes, we are told to put of our old selves. Then like a shower we are renewed by the transforming (or cleansing) of our minds. Finally, like dressing in a fresh uniform, we put on the new self. It is not possible to dress in the new without first removing the old and before putting on the new we need to be refreshed. The problem that many are having is that they want the new without having to give up the old

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