THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS
CHAPTER FOUR

4:17-32
" ... Be renewed in the Spirit of your mind."

J. Deering, AncientPath.net

Quick Links to specific locations in the text: 

1.     The Visualized Text
2.     Questions To Be Explored
3.     Cross References

 


THE VISUALIZED TEXT(conjunctions & prepositions, words not in original text in italics) (alternate text in purple)

(4:17)
    This I say
therefore,
and
    affirm together
with the Lord,
        that you walk no longer
          
just as the Gentiles also walk,
              
in the futility of their mind,
(4:18)
             being darkened
in their understanding,
             excluded
from the life of God,
              
because of the ignorance that is in them,
              
because of the hardness of their heart;
(4:19)
and
they,
                    having become callous,
                    have given themselves
over to sensuality,
                      
for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
(4:20)
But
    you did not learn Christ
in this way,
(4:21)
       
if indeed you have heard Him and
        have been taught
in Him,
          
just as truth is in Jesus,
(4:22)
 
that,
   
in reference to your former manner of life,
        you lay
aside the old self,
          
which is being corrupted
              
in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
(4:23)
 and that
        you be renewed
          
in the spirit of your mind,
(4:24)
 
and
        put
on the new self,
          
whichin the likeness of God
                    has been created
in righteousness and
                        holiness
of the truth.
(4:25)
Therefore,
    laying
aside falsehood,
    SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE
of you,
       
WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.
(4:26)
    BE ANGRY,
AND
       
yet DO NOT SIN;
    do not let the sun go
down on your anger,
(4:27)
and
    do not give the devil an opportunity.
(4:28)
    Let him who steals
        steal no longer;
but rather
        let him labor,
            performing
with his own hands
              
what is good,
       
in order that he may have something to share
          
with him who has need.
(4:29)
    Let no unwholesome word
        proceed from your mouth,
but
            only such a word
as is good for edification
            according to the need
of the moment,
   
that it may give grace to those who hear.
(4:30)
And
    do not grieve the Holy Spirit
of God,
       
by whom you were sealed
              
for the day of redemption.
(4:31)
    Let
all bitterness and
        wrath
and
        anger
and
        clamor
and
        slander
            be put
away from you,
       
along with all malice.
(4:32)
And
    be kind
to one another,
        tender-hearted,
        forgiving each other,
           
just as God in Christ
              
also has forgiven you.


About:  (Topics to be explored based on this study's verses)

(4:17)
This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,
 

 

THEREFORE............
WALK NO LONGER AS THE GENTILES, IN THE FUTILITY OF THEIR MINDS
(The Ephesians were walking in futility of their minds)
peripatew - stop walking around with the world !!!!!!!
Darkness
Futility
Excluded
Ignornace
Hardness of their hearts
callous
sensual
impure
greedy
BUT YOU DID NOT LEARN CHIRST IN THIS WAY
(1 jOHN 2:6)
IF indeed you know Him !
THE TRUTH IS IN JESUS CHRIST
THE THREE COMMANDS:
YOU LAY ASIDE THE OLD SELF
YOU BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND (Rom 12:2)
YOU PUT ON THE NEW SELF
HOW??????
The church is a new man, since it is in Christ, it should not live as the Old man.
OLDSELF
NEWSELF
fifteen ways - 4:25-4:32
YOU - lay aside falsehood - speak the truth wit your neighbor - in the body
YOU - be angry yet do not sin
YOU - do not give the devil an opportunity
YOU - do not steal - work with your hands
YOU - no unwhosolem words
YOU - do not greive the Holy Spirit
YOU - no bitterness
YOU - no wrath
YOU - no unrighteous anger
YOU - no clamor
YOU - no slander
YOU - no malice
YOU - be kind
YOU - be tender hearted
YOU - forgive each other
UST AS GOD IN CHRIST ALSO HAS FORGIVEN YOU
 

(4:18)
being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
 

(4:19)
and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
 

(4:20)
But you did not learn Christ in this way,
 

(4:21)
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
 

(4:22)
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
 

(4:23)
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
 

(4:24)
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
 

(4:25)
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE of you, WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.
 

(4:26)
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
 

(4:27)
and do not give the devil an opportunity.
 

(4:28)
Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.
 

(4:29)
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.
 

(4:30)
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
 

(4:31)
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
 

(4:32)
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
 
REFERENCES:


(4:17)
This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,
Colossians 2:4 -
Luke 16:28
Ephesians 2:2
Ephesians 4:22
Romans 1:21
Colossians 2:18
1 Peter 1:18
2 Peter 2:18

(4:18)
being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;
Romans 1:21
Ephesians 2:1, 12
Acts 17:30
Hebrews 5:2
Hebrews 9:7
1 Peter 1:14
Acts 3:17
I Corinthians 2:8
Mark 3:5
Romans 11:7, 25
2 Corinthans 3:14
 

(4:19)
and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
1 Timothy 4:2
Romans 1:24
Colossians 3:5

(4:20)
But you did not learn Christ in this way,
Matthew 11:29

(4:21)
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,
Romans 10:14
Ephesians 1:13
Ephesians 2:17
Colossians 1:5
Colossians 2:7

(4:22)
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
Ephesians 4:25, 31
Colossians 3:8
Hebrews 12:1
James 1:21
1 Peter 2:1
Romans 6:6
2 Corinthans 11:3
Hebrews 3:13

(4:23)
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Romans 12:2

(4:24)
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Romans 13:14
Colossians 3:10
Romans 6:4
Romans 7:6
Romans 12:2
2 Corinthians 5:17
Ephesians 2:10

(4:25)
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE of you, WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.
Ephesians 4:22, 31
Colossians 3:8
Hebrews 12:1
James 1:21
1 Peter 2:1
Zech. 8:16
Colossians 3:9
Ephesians 4:15
Romans 12:5

(4:26)
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
Psalm 4:4
Deuteronomy 24:15

(4:27)
and do not give the devil an opportunity.
James 4:7
Romans 12:19

(4:28)
Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.
Acts 20:35
1 Corinthans 4:12
Galatians 6:10
1 Thessalonians 4:11
2 Thessalonians 3:8, 11ff
Titus 3:8
Luke 3:11
1 Thessalonians 4:12

(4:29)
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 5:4
Colossians 3:8
Matthew 12:34
Romans 14:19
Colossians 4:6
Ecclesiasties 10:12

(4:30)
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Is 63:10
1 Thessalonians 5:19
Ephesians 1:13
John 3:33

(4:31)
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Colossians 3:8, 19
Romans 3:14
Ephesians 4:22
1 Peter 2:1

(4:32)
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Colossians 3:12f
1 Corinthans 13:4
1 Pether 3:8
Matthew 6:14f
2 Corinthans 2:10

 

 

 

problems wit the Ephesian Chruch:
4:25 steeped in falsehoods
4:26 Unrighteousness in anger
maintaining unrighteous agner
4:27 giving the devil place
4:28 stealing from one another
having idlehands and lives in greed
4:29 blasphmers
tearing down
depriving grace
4:30 greiving the Holy Spirit
4:31 steeped in
bitterness
anger
wrath
clamor
slander
malice
4:32 uprooting each other
stiffed necked
unforgiving
forgeting what Christ has done for you

(That He Hath Done This - Psalm 22)

4:25
Is falsehood (lying) a part of the Christian’s life?
According to this verse, who is your neighbor?
Why would speaking the truth be important within The Body of Christ?

4:26-27
How can you be angry, and yet not sin?
How is anger, with a member of the Body, to be dealt with?
What will be the result of anger that is not properly dealt with?

4:28
Accoding to this verse, how is an outward sin to be dealt with?
What does this verse have to do with “going the extra mile” concept of Christianity?
4:29
How are we to speak?
How should we contain anger and frustration?
How should others be effected by our speach?


4:30
How does one grieve the Holy spirit of God?
Accoring to this verse, what is one of the jobs of the Holy spirit?

4:31
Make a list of your attitudes towards others and compare them with the list in verse :31
How do you attitudes measure up to the Ephesians list?

4:32
How are we to treat one another?
Why?
 

Walk in a manner worthy of your calling

BODY TALK

In Chapters 1-3 we have learned the "What You Have In Christ" and the "Why Your Have It In-Christ" parts of the book of Ephesians. Now in Chapters 4-6 we enter into the "How Your Respond In-Christ" part.

________________________________________
Ephesians 4:17-24 - STOP walking around as if you were Unsaved!________________________________________

Ephesians 4:17-19 - STOP acting like you are Ignorant of Christ!
(4:17) YOU, STOP!
This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,

"YOU, STOP Walking around as if YOU were .NOT. a Christian. (Gk. Peripatein - pres, act, inf)
Compare with 4:14 "YOU, STOP Being Carried Around"
You are IN-CHRIST
Christ: In - You
God the Holy Spirit: In-You
God the Father: In-You
Affirm - TOGETHER WITH THE LORD - THAT you will NO LONGER WALK after the manner of the Gentiles. God calls you to WALK According to HIS Calling, as those who are UNITED in Christ's Authority.

(4:18) STOP Acting - You are Ignorant and Hard Hearted.
being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

Excluded - Alienated from the Life of God.

(4:19) STOP Reflecting the world's Impurity and Greed.
and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

We are to GROW-UP into the Things Of Christ.

(4:20-24) IN CHRIST

(4:20-22) LAY ASIDE YOUR OLD SELF
(4:20) BUT YOU DID NOT LEARN CHRIST THIS WAY
But you did not learn Christ in this way,

1 John 2:6
"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."


(4:21) THE TRUTH IS IN JESUS
if indeed SINCE you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,

You know the Truth - and the Truth is IN Jesus.

(4:22) YOU ARE ACTING CORRUPT IN THE LUSTS OF DECEIT
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

YOU Lay Aside - (Gk. apothemenoi) Putting off the old self - Take-off, like taking off clothing, one layer at a time.


(4:23) YOU BE RENEWED
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

YOU Renew - (Gk. avanesusthai) Renew is the perfect word.

Romans 12:1-2 - The Way of Righteousness
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (doing this is only Reasonable)

(4:24) PUT ON THE NEW SELF
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Take off the Old clothes, cast them aside - throw them away - burn them, and put on the New clothes

________________________________________

Ephesians 4:25-32 - THEREFORE: Paul's List of Changes YOU are to make!
(Paul's Seven Examples of Putting OFF the Old and Putting ON the New)
(Seven Changes the Ephesian Believers needed to make)
(15 Ways to Change)
(Evidences of the Presence of Jesus Christ in our lives)

(4:25) STOP LYING
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE of you, WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

YOU Put-off the lie - (Gk. apothemenoi) Taking the Lie off like discarded clothing.

Speak the truth - you are not free to lie! You are only free to speak the truth.

We are members of one another (body parts - body parts do not lie to each other)

(4:26-27) STOP BEING ANGRY
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.

The Parameters of Anger - Short of sin.

Opportunity - STOP setting a place for the devil at your table!
No Place - no chair set for him
No Place Setting - set for him
No Plan - he is not in the plan
No Alternate Plan - he is not invited to "drop by"
Not Influenced - he is unimportant
Not Included - he is not your friend or relative
Not Invited - he is not welcome

DO NOT go to bed UNCONFESSED!

(4:28) STOP STEALING
Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.

Actions (Sin is in the Doing)

STOP Stealing from the Body of Christ (Time, Money, Fraud, Things, etc.)
WORK that you may share with the Body of Christ.

(4:29) STOP DEGRADING
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Words

STOP Tearing Down the Body of Christ.
GIVE GRACE that you might Build Up the Body of Christ.

Moment by Moment reliance upon The Holy Spirit of God.


(4:30) STOP GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

YOU CHANGE - so that your do not STEAL JOY (In You) from God's Holy Spirit.

(4:31) STOP BEING BITTER
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Let it all GO!

(4:32) STOP HURTING ONE ANOTHER
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

The Results of Taking Off the Old Self and Putting On the New Self!

STOP FORGETTING WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR YOU!
________________________________________[1] 2006 Chip Brogden and http://www.TheSchoolOfChrist.Org Permission is granted for non-commercial (free) distribution provided this notice appears.

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(4:7)
"To Each One of Us Grace was Given According to the Measure of Christ's Gift."
"To Each One of Us Grace was Given According to the Measure of the gift of Christ."

The following comes from Chip Brogden and The School of Christ.org

The Gift Of Christ
"As the fullness of God - all that He is and all that He has - dwells in Christ, so the fullness of Christ - all that He is and all that He has - dwells in you (Colossians 2:9,10a)."

I am afraid that we do not truly appreciate the fact that God has never given us things, but has summed up everything into Christ, having poured Himself into His Son. Having the Son, possessing the Son, being one with the Son, we have and possess everything God is. It never has been a question of seeking ten, one hundred, or one thousand different things from God. If we do not know from our experience, we should at least know from the Scriptures, that Christ is the Gift of God.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)."

All we have and all that we are as Christians is based upon our union with Christ. Apart from Him, we have nothing, and we are nothing. But in Him we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. Think upon the ramifications of that. If this is true then we have very little to ask God for, and very much to praise God about.

For most of my life as a Christian I sought God for things. When depressed, I would seek joy. When worried, I would seek peace. When weak, I would seek strength. When angry, I would seek self-control. When defeated, I would seek victory. Most Christians are taught to approach God and seek these things when they are conscious of some lack. For a time it seems they are given what they ask for, but soon they are back asking for more of the same thing. Today we ask for patience, and tomorrow we ask again, and the day after that we have to ask yet again. So it is with peace, joy, victory, and everything else.

Eventually we must learn that we have everything in Christ already. That thing called "patience" that we are so diligently seeking is not a thing at all, it is Christ. "Victory" is no longer a "thing", it is a Man. And so it is with everything else we need. It is certainly possible to seek spiritual blessings from God apart from Christ, or in addition to Christ. What a difference it makes to realize that He HAS (past tense) blessed us already - not with three or five or twenty blessings - but with every spiritual blessing. However many there may be, we have them all. Where and how has He done this? Thank God, it was done the moment we received Christ and entered into Him as our All in All. God would have us seek Him first, and not His things. To Him there is no "thing", for they are all summed up into Christ.

Again, it is the preciousness and extreme worth and value of the Lord Jesus that we have in mind here. May we see before God that God's Gift is Christ - not a lot of spiritual blessings that we must diligently seek after, one by one, until we accumulate them like a collection of virtues or special graces. That is not to say there are not many spiritual blessings we can obtain from God, only that they are all found in Christ. Having the Son we have all that pertains to the Son.

"If God did not spare His own Son, but freely delivered Him over to death on our behalf, how will He not also, with Him, freely give us all things (Romans 8:32)?"

Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like a man who found treasure buried in a field. With great joy he went out, sold all his possessions, and purchased that field. The point of the parable is this: the one who owns the field possesses all that lies buried within the field. It is not a matter of getting the individual pieces of treasure, but of gaining the field. Once we have the field, we have the treasure.

The Scriptures tell us that hidden in Christ are "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3)", "every spiritual blessing (Ephesians 1:3)", and "all the fullness of God (Colossians 1:19)." Since this is the truth, we maintain before God that His Gift to us is Christ, and to the extent that we appreciate the value and preciousness of the Lord Jesus, to that same extent will we be satisfied spiritually. We will find fullness in the Son, and will not find it necessary to be continually pumped up or propped up as we go about our daily walk as Christians. Imagine the foolishness of asking God for a "few coins" to get you through until Sunday while wealth is buried just below your feet. Or, imagine the vanity of thinking we have to go "here" or "there" to get something from God (such as a "blessing", a "word", an "anointing", etc) when we already have everything He has. I will go so far as to say that when we know the preciousness and costliness of the Lord Jesus we will not ask God for anything else. The one who must ask God for "things" has not yet fully appreciated the treasure he has in Christ already. [1]
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Ephesians 4:7-16
WHY BRING THIS UP?

Six Problems among the "called-out ones" in Ephesus.

(4:7) Gifts - The First Problem – 4 Parts (The Wrong Purpose Sought)
1. The Ephesians had a basic misunderstanding of the Purpose of Christ's Gift and His giving of Spiritual Gifts to every believer through the Holy Spirit.
2. The Ephesians were seeking the Wrong Gifts (Self Aggrandizement).
3. The Ephesians were seeking the Wrong Grace (Source of Power).
4. The Ephesians were NOT GIVING CHRIST PROPER CREDIT.

(4:8-10) Gifts - The Second Problem (The Wrong Source Sought)
The Ephesians were ignorant of the Position, Power and Place of the Lord Jesus Christ (Who He Was).

(4:11-13) Gifts - The Third Problem (The Wrong Use)
The Ephesians were misusing the gifts
1. As Apostles
2. As Prophets
3. As Evangelists (good news-ers)
4. As Pastor/Teachers
5. For Equipping the Saints for the WORK of SERVICE
6. For the BUILDING UP OF THE BODY
7. For the ATTAINMENT OF UNITY OF FAITH
8. For the ATTAINMNET OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE SON OF GOD
9. Resulting IN THE MATURE MAN
10. Resulting IN THE STATURE
11. Resulting IN THE DISPLAY IN US OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST

(4:14) Gifts – The Fourth Problem (Doctrinal Instability RESULTS FROM IMPROPER UNDERSTANDINGS OF THE GIFT OF CHRIST)
If they had exercised their Gifts they would NOT BE:
1. CHILDREN at Sea
2. DECEIVED by False Doctrines
3. Spiritually TRICKED by men
4. VICTIMS of Deceitful Scheming

(4:15) Gifts – The Fifth Problem (Using these WRONG GIFTS to Hurt and Destroy FELLOW MEMBERS OF THE BODY OF CHRIST)
1. INSTEAD – Speak the Truth
2. INSTEAD – Speak in Love
3. INSTEAD – GROW UP – IN ALL ASPECTS – IN HIM (Christ)

(4:16) Gifts – The Sixth Problem (Defective Knowledge of THE BODY OF CHRIST)
1. EACH INDIVIDUAL – part of the ONE BODY
2. EACH INDIVIDUAL – "is being FITTED" into the ONE BODY
3. EACH INDIVIDUAL – PARTS HELD TOGETHER BY THE GIFTS (JOINTS)
4. EACH INDIVIDUAL – Needs to WORK PROPERLY as it's OWN PART
5. EACH INDIVIDUAL – SHOULD RESULT IN BODY GROWTH
6. EACH INDIVIDUAL – SHOULD RESULT IN THE WHOLE BODY BUILDING ITSELF UP
7. EACH INDIVIDUAL – SHOULD DO ALL THIS IN AGAPE (No Self)


________________________________________

________________________________________Ephesians 4:17-24 - STOP walking around as if you were Unsaved!

Ephesians 4:17-19 - STOP acting like you are Ignorant of Christ!
(4:17) YOU, STOP!
This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,

"YOU, STOP Walking around as if YOU were .NOT. a Christian. (Gk. Peripatein - pres, act, inf)
Compare with 4:14 "YOU, STOP Being Carried Around"
You are IN-CHRIST
Christ: In - You
God the Holy Spirit: In-You
God the Father: In-You
Affirm - TOGETHER WITH THE LORD - THAT you will NO LONGER WALK after the manner of the Gentiles. God calls you to WALK According to HIS Calling, as those who are UNITED in Christ's Authority.

(4:18) STOP Acting - You are Ignorant and Hard Hearted.
being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

Excluded - Alienated from the Life of God.

(4:19) STOP Reflecting the world's Impurity and Greed.
and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

We are to GROW-UP into the Things Of Christ.

(4:20-24) IN CHRIST

(4:20-22) LAY ASIDE YOUR OLD SELF
(4:20) BUT YOU DID NOT LEARN CHRIST THIS WAY
But you did not learn Christ in this way,

1 John 2:6
"He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked."


(4:21) THE TRUTH IS IN JESUS
if indeed SINCE you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,

You know the Truth - and the Truth is IN Jesus.

(4:22) YOU ARE ACTING CORRUPT IN THE LUSTS OF DECEIT
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

YOU Lay Aside - (Gk. apothemenoi) Putting off the old self - Take-off, like taking off clothing, one layer at a time.

(4:23) YOU BE RENEWED
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

YOU Renew - (Gk. avanesusthai) Renew is the perfect word.

Romans 12:1-2 - The Way of Righteousness
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (doing this is only Reasonable)

(4:24) PUT ON THE NEW SELF
and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

Take off the Old clothes, cast them aside - throw them away - burn them, and put on the New clothes

________________________________________

Ephesians 4:25-32 - THEREFORE: Paul's List of Changes YOU are to make!
(Paul's Seven Examples of Putting OFF the Old and Putting ON the New)
(Seven Changes the Ephesian Believers needed to make)
(15 Ways to Change)
(Evidences of the Presence of Jesus Christ in our lives)

(4:25) STOP LYING
Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE of you, WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.

YOU Put-off the lie - (Gk. apothemenoi) Taking the Lie off like discarded clothing.

Speak the truth - you are not free to lie! You are only free to speak the truth.

We are members of one another (body parts - body parts do not lie to each other)



(4:26-27) STOP BEING ANGRY
BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity.

The Parameters of Anger - Short of sin.

Opportunity - STOP setting a place for the devil at your table!
No Place - no chair set for him
No Place Setting - set for him
No Plan - he is not in the plan
No Alternate Plan - he is not invited to "drop by"
Not Influenced - he is unimportant
Not Included - he is not your friend or relative
Not Invited - he is not welcome

DO NOT go to bed UNCONFESSED!

(4:28) STOP STEALING
Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.

Actions (Sin is in the Doing)

STOP Stealing from the Body of Christ (Time, Money, Fraud, Things, etc.)
WORK that you may share with the Body of Christ.

(4:29) STOP DEGRADING
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Words

STOP Tearing Down the Body of Christ.
GIVE GRACE that you might Build Up the Body of Christ.

Moment by Moment reliance upon The Holy Spirit of God.

(4:30) STOP GRIEVING THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

YOU CHANGE - so that your do not STEAL JOY (In You) from God's Holy Spirit.

(4:31) STOP BEING BITTER
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Let it all GO!

(4:32) STOP HURTING ONE ANOTHER
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

The Results of Taking Off the Old Self and Putting On the New Self!

STOP FORGETTING WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE FOR YOU!
 

 

 

 


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