Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator (Colossians 3:9-10)
I have to flip the channel when I see that commercial where a girl tries to pay for her cigarettes by picking patches of her skin off and placing them on the counter. It’s haunting! When you see these terms like we have to put off the old self and put on the new self, you can start to think weird things like What, do I need to pay for this “new self” by shedding my old skin like that nasty ad?”
The new self is a back to Eden mindset. Before the Fall, our way of thinking followed the compass of God’s good revelation, void of evil. As we know, evil entered as the corrupting agent in our thought life with just one bite.
But we have a Lord who purchased this curse. One who calls us from the deathly bite in the garden to the fruit of the Spirit that will renew our knowledge after the image of its creator. To this Lord we are able to submit every thought for his dealing.
Just like we put on new clothes each day (hopefully) we must decide to put on the new self that is progressively refreshing to the original design.
Lord let us be done with the old and embrace the new that has been ushered in by the grace of our creator.