Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The New Self
A facebook friend asked: "Is it possible to please self and please Christ? Maybe not...."
My response: If you believe that you still have and are a bad self (and I disagree with that thinking), then I’d have to say “No.” Pleasing a bad self, one in conflict with God, which has a nature predisposed to wrath and sin, must be in conflict with pleasing Christ Jesus. Not possible.
However, if you believe (as I do) that you are a new creation, good self, one sharing in the nature of God and in newness of life, my answer is “Yes.” Hooray! The new self has been created in Christ Jesus and is holy, righteous and blameless—pleasing Christ is the nature of the new self. It’s normal.