The New Self – Gospel in Life
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The New Self

Tim Keller |  December 11, 2011

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Topics:
  • Identity
Duration:
36:28
Scripture:
Ephesians 4:17-24
SKU:
RS 333-11

Overview

Jesus Christ was born into this world. Why? So we could feel peace, love, and warm vibes at the end of December? Not quite. This sermon deals with Jesus’ birth into this world in order to give people a second birth. Jesus Christ, the spiritual Son of God, underwent a human birth so we, human beings, could undergo a spiritual birth and have a new self.

Ephesians 4:17–24

Christianity is all about change, specifically a spiritual makeover that happens because of Jesus’s birth. Ephesians teaches us four things about how this change happens: making choices, inner change, changing how we think, and being amazed by Jesus. Essentially, Christianity gives us the tools to become new people who live in a good and holy way.

1. Make a decision

The main idea is about choosing to let go of our old selves and become new people, recognizing how empty life can be without God. It’s important to know that true purpose in life comes from God. Without Him, everything else we find meaningful will eventually lose its shine. This change isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a journey that involves making decisions and commitments over and over again, just like keeping wedding promises every day.

2. Change from the inside

It’s not just about letting go of old habits, but also about developing new ones. Real change happens when you’re driven by the right reasons, a new sense of who you are, and what you know, not just because you’re scared, proud, or trying to fit in. The gospel can change your reasons and sense of self in a deep way, giving you a solid base for life’s ups and downs and a kindness and grace that just being good can’t give you.

3. Transform your thinking

Changing how we think is a big deal in this process. When we throw out our old selves and become new, it changes what we think at the most basic level. Think of a person who used to be angry and bitter, who changed how they thought because of the gospel. Or Saint Augustine, who was able to say no to temptation because his identity had changed.

4. Being captivated by him

Real change isn’t something we do by ourselves. It comes from thinking differently because we’re amazed by what Jesus has done. It’s not just about learning new rules, but about focusing on what Jesus did at Christmas. He traded his glory for our weaknesses, making it possible for us to become beautiful and glorious. This process of change requires commitment and a regular practice of taking the gospel message to heart.

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