TRUST: Putting on Our New Self: Offerings and Sacrifices


In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self from Ephesians 4. They were the things that we were to do or not do. We also learned that participation in the ministry of reconciliation is the TRUTH: The Why of the Dos and Don’ts of Being a Christian.

Today, we move into Ephesians 5 where Paul continues to expound upon the instructions for Christian living.

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Remember Jesus’ Words to his disciples. He said, ““Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23  Here, Paul picks up on that mandate as well as to tie the new self or new man with imitating Christ. After all, the word Christian means a follower of Christ; to be Christ like or like Christ. Paul is clear in the imperative – Follow God’s example. TRUST: Putting on Our New Self: Offerings and Sacrifices 

Paul equates Jesus as God and rightly so. We are told to walk in the way of love. Then Paul qualifies what the way of love really means – just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. To walk means to live like. The way of love means to give yourself up as an offering and sacrifice to God. Ultimately, we are not doing anything for anyone else other than God. Our allegiance, our focus, our commitment must be to God and God alone. TRUST: Putting on Our New Self: Offerings and Sacrifices 

This explains how Jesus could know Judas would betray Him, Peter would deny Him and the other disciples would distance themselves from Him; yet, He remained resolute in His commitment to die on the cross for the redemption of those whom God had given Him. TRUST: Putting on Our New Self: Offerings and Sacrifices 

How many times have you gotten mad at someone because they did not appreciate your sacrifice? Our offering and/or sacrifice to someone should always be out of our commitment to God as we imitate Jesus. Remember the post, TRUTH: The Why of the Dos and Don’ts of Being a Christian. Ephesians 4:23-24 describes the new life as “23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds;24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” We learn from Peter “15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16

TRUST: Putting on Our New Self: Offerings and Sacrifices calls for us to follow God’s example which was to love us and give himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Will you do the same for God today?

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