"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him" (Colossians 3:9-10).
God has brought you out of darkness into His Kingdom of light; the Kingdom of His dear Son (Colossians 1:13). Therefore, you must let go of any attitude that’s not of God. In 1 Corinthians 6:5-9, the Apostle Paul rebuked the Christians in Corinth because their way of life didn’t portray the new nature of righteousness they had received. As a new creation, it’s important you recognize that you’ve been completely delivered from the worldly lifestyle. You’re not the same man you were before you were born again. Your old nature was supplanted with God’s nature of righteousness.
The Bible says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and-look!-all things have become new!" (2 Corinthians 5:17 ISV). The old lifestyle, old ways of thinking and of doing things have been supplanted. People may still call or address you by the same name with which they knew you prior to your rebirth; they may call you a smoker, a drunk, a liar or any other name; it makes no difference. The Bible says, "And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God" (1 Corinthians 6:11).
Notice it didn’t say "and such are some of you…", rather it says, "…and such were some of you," because now that you’re in Christ you’ve been cleansed of all unrighteousness. You’ve been separated from sin unto God, and declared righteous, in the Name of the Lord, and by the Spirit of our God! The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, has purged your conscience from dead works to serve the living God (Hebrews 9:14).
God wants you to recognize your new identity— see the picture of the new you and live that way. You don’t know what you really look like until you look into the mirror of God—His Word. It’s the mirror that shows your real picture in Christ Jesus. It shows that the old life with which you were born by your parents doesn’t matter now, for things have changed! You’re now a new creation. Your conduct as a Christian must now reflect your new personality in Christ Jesus—your new nature, which is the nature of righteousness.
I’ve put on the new nature of righteousness. I have in my spirit the incorruptible life of God. This new life is in every cell of my blood, every bone of my body, and in every fiber of my being! Today, I walk in the reality of the new life of righteousness which I’ve received in Christ. Amen.