ephesians 4:17-24 commentary

This is what is behind the idea of “putting on the new self.” The word “new” here does mean repaired or re-manufactured, but new as in a different species or character. In Christ, our old man has been crucified, put to death. The conduct which God requires of Christians should not come as a surprise to them after they have been saved. More obvious are those that reject even societal standards and give themselves fully over to sensuality with their practices done openly. It is our commitment to the general exhortations of this passage which will greatly affect our compliance with the commands that follow. Paul persists in emphasizing the continuity between our conversion to Christ and our conduct in Christ, which should be evident in our manner of life. … that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 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; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. Their ideas become more far-fetched all the time while trying to bully and shout down anyone that disagrees. Allow me to point out some of the inferences of Paul’s teaching in our text and its implications in our practical daily living. It most certainly is not the normal way of referring to conversion today. 6). 158 Myers Corners Road Do not men, on every side, walk in the vanity of their minds? To “lay aside” means to “strip off” as in the case of taking off filthy clothes. They can never get enough of it. What we feel is often a far cry from what is true, and even from what we believe. Everyone in the body is important and as Paul says in 1 Cor. They were futile because they failed to produce anything of lasting or eternal value. Stealing is stealing, but certainly that does not include cheating on your income tax, taking home office supplies from your employer or doing personal business on company time. Jesus is the truth. Their rejection of God drives them into even greater foolishness and they become hardened. 3:3. They are, we would say, addicted to the pursuit of satisfying their fleshly urges. In chapters 1-3 of Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians, Paul has spoken of the change which God has brought about in our lives, for our good and for His glory. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God (2 Timothy 3:1-4). In modern terms, they just don’t get it. Through His Spirit, which works in us personally and through other members of the body of Christ, He equips us for serving Him. The Lord can do the same work in them that He has done in us. These are things that have already happened at conversion. Let us not leave this text with a passive view of our spiritual life. Ephesians 4:17-24. The capacity to do so has been given to us upon salvation but we fight against the principle of sin that remains in these bodies of flesh. Gena took the sink end while Amy crawled into the cupboard part. One was a medical office that makes a regular practice of charging insurance companies for procedures they do not do, because other wise they would not be paid their “above customary” charges for what they did do. The final statement of verse 17 through verse 19 describes the way in which Paul’s readers once walked as Gentiles, the way in which their peers still walk, and the way in which the Ephesians saints must no longer walk. It starts off from the fact that Satan has “blinded the eyes of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ…” (2 Cor. As the author turns toward exhortation, the preacher will need to be clear and careful so … Continue reading "Commentary on Ephesians 4:1-16" So called “love” without truth leaves people in falsehood and heading for tragedy. Unser Team wünscht Ihnen zu Hause nun eine Menge Spaß mit Ihrem Ephesians 4! Related Topics: Regeneration, Justification, Sanctification, Robert L. (Bob)Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. The more we seek to rid the gospel of its unappealing aspects (from the unbeliever’s point of view) the more we rob it of its power. We were also slaves to our own fleshly desires, and now as believers we are to “put off” fleshly things and “put on” the things of the Spirit (4:22-24). Our text in Ephesians 4:17-24 describes in very general terms the changes in our thinking and behavior which being in Christ requires. Even many Christian stations and publications contain much that is secular thinking sprinkled with a smattering of spiritual jargon. You were given a moral capacity that those without Christ cannot have regardless of their intelligence (1 Cor. Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Paul speaks of their impairment as the “futility of their mind.” Futility is not to be mistaken for stupidity. We long for the final redemption of our bodies when our position will be matched by our practice and we will be like Christ (1 John 3:2). What we think and how we act, we are told, is the result of our past. The gospel, as preached by John the Baptist, Jesus, and the apostles, called men to repentance as well as to faith in Christ. Now, as those in Christ, we are citizens of God’s kingdom and members of His body, but we have become strangers and pilgrims to this world (see Hebrews 11:13-16; 1 Peter 1:1; 2:11). There is no “small print” left out of our gospel, which comes unexpectedly after conversion. By lowliness, understand humility, which is opposed to pride. Verses 1-6 . Our fight against sin is real and will continue throughout our earthly life. Wolves that come in among the flock will be driven away. It takes very little intelligence to go out and look at creation and understand that this was no accident, and the deeper you look into real science, the more this conclusion is solidified. Everywhere we find Jesus speaking in the gospels, He taught. They may even know Greek and Hebrew and spend their lives in the study of theology, but the truths of Scripture just do not become reality to them, so eventually they come up with their own philosophies in the vain effort to try to make sense of life apart from a personal relationship with the God of the universe. Let us act on what we know to be the truth as revealed in the Word of God, more than on how we happen to feel. Jesus warned of the danger of attempting to remove evil, rather than replacing it (see Luke 11:26). Let us ponder what we are, in Christ, and not what we were without Him. If we would desire to have our minds renewed, then we must find God’s thoughts and immerse ourselves in them. In each instance the imperative is preceded by the word “that.” See A. T. Robertson, Word Pictures in the New Testament (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1931), IV, p. 539. Christ gave us a new mind and now we have to use it and fill it with His word and learn how to put it into practice. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.… 10 And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest (Ephesians 2:1-3). But when God saves us through the person and work of His Son, He transforms us into something entirely new. While the old nature is continually being corrupted by the lusts of deceit, the new nature is renewing us, in accordance with the nature of God and His righteousness and truth. All of the body together becomes a stronghold by which the individuals within it will not be easy prey to our adversaries. 20). But as we stressed last week, as important as these offices are, the real work of the church is not done by evangelists and pastor-teachers, but by the people in the pew. The old nature is being corrupted, the new is being renewed. It is no wonder, therefore, that the mind set on the flesh is vastly different from the mind set on the Spirit (see Romans 8:5-9). Romans 6 brings out the same point. Jesus said that His sheep hear His voice, and those who belong to Him have heard His call in the truth of the gospel message and have responded. Our fleshly behavior is the outgrowth, the expression, of our inner fleshly nature, just as Christian conduct is the outgrowth and expression of the inner man, created and empowered by the Holy Spirit: 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 28:20). Suffering should come as no surprise, if our evangelism has been true to the teaching of God’s Word (see Luke 9:23-26; Acts 14:22; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12). As a rule, faith acts on the facts of God’s Word and disregards our feelings. That is why Paul gives warnings in several places for us to “examine ourselves to see whether we be in the faith” (2 Cor. You’re a new creature and as you grow and mature they just are not going to fit the same. The “world” is, to a great extent, the culture in which we live, which seeks to pressure us to conform to its values, standards, goals, and conduct. Do not … 3:7 saying they were “always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”. 2 Paul uses even more graphic terms to describe our salvation. We talk, for example, of “inviting Christ into our lives,” which is both existential and self-oriented. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. “you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (vs. 3), “you laid aside the old self” (vs. 9), “you have been raised up” (vs. 1), “you have put on the new self” (vs. 9). The NIV actually translates this a little better saying, “created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness,” with the emphasis being that is actual righteousness and holiness as opposed to being self deceived as is the old self (vs. 22). But what is central to our study is what Paul has to say above concerning the unbeliever’s relationship to the world and to the flesh. We were unaware of this because he controlled us through the influence of the world and the flesh. We talk little of “learning” and we think that doctrine and evangelism are not closely related. While the Ephesians saints once lived like Gentile heathen, their fellow-Ephesians still do live this way. In our daily conduct, we should crucify the flesh daily, and put aside the conduct which springs forth from fleshly desires. Paul is taking us back to the very foundations of man’s thinking. Paul teaches us that our thinking and conduct in the past was the outworking of our unregenerate thinking. Just as bad thinking leads to wrong conduct, so wrong conduct leads to bad thinking. When our Lord sought to convey this same sense, He employed the expression, “Truly, truly …”. Ephesians 4:17-24 - NIV: So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. The dominant thought here, as we find elsewhere in Ephesians, is that doctrine determines conduct. Paul will take up this “lifeless” dimension of the unbelievers in our text in chapter 4, in verse 18. It was learning. God choose us for salvation that we might be “saved from this perverse generation (Acts 2:40) and “be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom 8:29). Our daughter Amy is just like me in this regard. Now, in verses 22-24, Paul turns to the subject of our flesh, urging us to put off the “old man” and to put on the new. Away they walked with their find. God chose you for salvation from the foundation of the world (1:4); He redeemed you through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, forgiven you of your sins and adopted you as His children (1:5,7); He has lavished upon you the riches of His grace and given you an inheritance with Christ in heaven (1:11). They are the living dead awaiting death. After dinner, they once again passed by these same items, only this time the temptation was too great. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus. The depravity of man without Christ results in a callousness that is both moral and spiritual. Our text in Ephesians 4:17-24 describes in very general terms the changes in our thinking and behavior which being “in Christ” requires. He also ordained that men are to be informed of the gospel and of God’s standards of conduct, and that we are to act in obedience to His commands, not in our own strength, but in that which He supplies. It is what A. T. Robertson, the Greek scholar, calls an “indirect command.” The same would be true of the parallel infinitives that convey the commands in verses 22 and 23. Romans 1:16-17 – Good News – Good News Pt. Futile efforts are efforts which do not materialize into something worthwhile. Verse 17-19. We await either physical death or the coming of Christ and our transition so that these bodies which encumber us will be put off and we will experience real life. Yet, the elite in the educational end of science become more and more dogmatic about evolution being a fact even though it does not properly qualify as a theory, only a hypothesis. “in the futility of their mind, 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; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.”. (Ephesians 4:17-24) To purity and holiness. God’s blessing comes to those who walk in the counsel of the godly, not the ungodly. You are changed, and radically so. Escaping punishment in Hell is a side benefit of our sins being dealt with and forgiven. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. Jesus is the truth: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me’” (John 14:6). God has made every provision for our sanctification, and we are to obediently make use of them, for His glory and for our good. We are to 1) lay aside 2) be renewed and 3) put on. And so it is that Paul links evangelism and discipleship. He has begun to shift his attention from the Christian’s obligation to resist and reject the ungodly pressures of the world system. Jesus is not just a teacher; He is even more than the teacher. The truth without love is cold, sharp and hurtful and drives people away. In most instances, the devil exercises control over lost men by means of the external pressure of the world and corresponding internal inclinations of the flesh. It often took a considerable period of time for the truth He was teaching to be grasped, and this was only through the ministry of God’s Holy Spirit (see Matthew 16:17).72 When Paul went to the synagogues, he taught from the Scriptures, demonstrating that Jesus was the promised Messiah (see Acts 9:19-22; 13:5, 14ff.). For a comprehensive study of the passage, download the Study Guide (PDF download). God’s says we should not lie, but they will allow a lie here and there for convenience sake. They have not been regenerated by the Holy Spirit, they are not a child of God. So what Paul says here in verses 22-24 is not something out of the ordinary, but what should be the normal response of the Christian. They are greedy for fleshly pleasure. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Ephesians 4:17-24 Exploring the Passage. Neither does ignorance seem to refer to what one does not know. Living according to these things is the simple consequence of them having already ha ppened. By putting off and putting on the things Paul identifies, we conduct ourselves in accordance with our calling. But in addition there will be considerable pressure on the Gentile believers to continue to live as they used to. And so Paul describes the moral outcome of the Gentiles’ mental decadence: “And they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness” (verse 19). 71 The reverse is also true. Here the author turns from describing all that God has done for the cosmos, the church, and Paul himself to consider the kind of life that is the fitting response. The mind of man and the heart of man are closely inter-twined. Ephesians 4:17. Note again what Paul says in verse 17 and 18. The result is people become enslaved to half-truths, lies and falsehoods. Our text falls into three divisions. Q. The idea here would be a person who came home all filthy dirty, took a shower and then put on the same dirty clothes. There is nothing so radical as that. Evolution is a classic case of this. What we believe affects the way we behave.71. Alle Ephesians 4 auf einen Blick. It may be brilliant ignorance, but when compared with the truth of God, it is ignorance. In our study of Ephesians 4 we have learned that the apostles and prophets laid down the foundation by writing down the revelation God had given to them, and that revelation is the Bible, the Old and New Testaments. The way a man thinks does bear heavily on the way he acts. What we can be sure of is that there is a direct relationship between “lust” and “deceit.” I believe it is safe to say that “lust” is “deceitful,” and also to say that “deceit” is “lustful.” Lust is deceitful in that it does not produce what it seems to promise. Paul has already begun the transition from the mental decay of the Gentiles to their moral decadence. The girls both looked over the throw-aways, and gave a momentary thought to making use of them. It is only by understanding our past that we can live as we should in the present. ” There is an ignorance that develops in them and they become hardened in that belief. Modern Psychology is not much different. Commentary on Ephesians 4:17-24 (Read Ephesians 4:17-24) The apostle charged the Ephesians in the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus, that having professed the gospel, they should not be as the unconverted Gentiles, who walked in vain fancies and carnal affections. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body that you should obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. He gives us a new identity and a new function. Why do you think it is so hard to argue with an unbeliever. One of the most foolish statements I have ever heard is, “I don’t worship doctrine, I worship Jesus.” Paul would never tolerate such mindless talk. 2:14). Why are they this way? It is a message of the love of God in paying for our sins so that we would no longer be held in sin’s bondage. Beginning at verse 25, Paul will specifically identify those attitudes and actions which we should “put off” and those which should be “put on” in their place. Paul’s words indicate that our old nature and its deeds are not merely to be rejected, they are to be replaced. But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. Men who are excluded from the life of God do not reflect the righteousness of God in their conduct. God has taken you who where dead in trespasses and sin and because of His great love has extended to you His grace through Christ Jesus and made you alive in Him. Men’s behavior affects the way they think. Im Folgenden finden Sie als Käufer unsere Top-Auswahl an Ephesians 4, während der erste Platz den oben genannten Favoriten definiert. Solomon said it best in Ecclesiastes in summarizing the worldly life as, “vanity of vanities, all is vanity… striving after the wind.” All that the world values is only temporary and therefore ultimately of no worth. Alle hier aufgelisteten Ephesians 4 sind 24 Stunden am Tag im Internet verfügbar und somit in weniger als 2 Tagen bei Ihnen zu Hause. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 4:17-24 The apostle charged the Ephesians in the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus, that having professed the gospel, they should not be as the unconverted Gentiles, who walked in vain fancies and carnal affections. 20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.” (Galatians 2:20). 17 And so I insist - and God backs me up on this - that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. In the first verses of Ephesians chapter 2, Paul described the unbeliever as being subject to the world, the flesh, and the devil. 11 Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. I and the other elders are given to the church by God for the purpose of “equipping the saints for the work of ministry.” It takes every believer, everyone who actually a child of God, every person who is part of the body of the Christ, to be using the gift(s) the Holy Spirit has given you if the church is to do what the Lord has sent us to do and become what the Lord has designed us to become. Ephesians 4 auszuprobieren - sofern Sie von den günstigen Angeboten des Produzenten profitieren - ist eine weise Entscheidung. That reminds me of some recent situations Diane and I have run into. 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, (Colossians 2:6). 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. You were a slave to sin, now you are to be slave of righteousness (Rom. Paul’s command is to cease living the way they used to live and to live in a way that glorifies God. “if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus.” The life of a believer is very different from that of the unbeliever and if your life is not different, then there is a question about your relationship with Christ. Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV. And in between, in verses 20-21, Paul reminds us that in coming to faith in Christ we learned a new way of life through Him who is the truth. 1:21 describes, “they [become] futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart[s] [are] darkened. This does not mean there are not unbelievers who have high moral codes, but it does mean that since they are not based on the absolutes of God’s Word and a relationship with Him, they will not live according to those standards and so they will spiral downward. Let’s face it, getting all cleaned up and putting on some aftershave or perfume is not going to make a bit of difference if you put on the same old smelly, dirty clothes. 13:5). We are to be about the business of “taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. What he is about to say is the instruction of the Lord Himself. (Ephesians 4:25-32) And to take heed of the sins practised among the heathen. God has done something similar to every Christian. We were lifeless apart from Christ, dead in our trespasses and sins. Fortunately the van was dispatched. Paul does more than to simply command his readers to cease living like unbelievers; he commands them not to conduct themselves as their unbelieving Gentile peers. 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. In both areas the new Christian is to reflect the character of God. The Bible reverses this. All these people view themselves as highly moral. Here in our text this morning we find not only a good description of this living death but also the reason that people remain in that state. Lust promises pleasure, but it ultimately produces death (see Romans 6:15-23, especially verse 21). Coming to Christ by faith is the result of learning about Him (see Romans 10:13-17), just as it is also the beginning of learning. It is not what we were that matters, but what we are. Fourth, Paul maintains that the moral conduct of men is the outgrowth of his mental processes. Hardness of heart keeps one from seeing things as they really are. Solomon is an example of this. Die Erfolge damit sind teilweise voneinander abweichend, aber in der Gesamtheit genießt es einen ungemein guten Ruf. I dare say that most Christians spend more time in front of their television sets, radios, magazines, and books than they do in their Bibles. It was learning Christ. The Christian lifestyle will not be lived out by those with a pagan mindset. You will always receive more wisdom and help from those who know the Bible and have walked with God for many years than someone who has not regardless what titles they may have before their name. From verse 25 on Paul gets very specific, describing those things which the Christian must put off and those which he must put on. Paul called them “carnal” in 1 Cor. “Let them first get saved, and then let them learn doctrine,” is the way many Christians seem to think. Our relationship to the world and to our own flesh is simply the outworking of the gospel which we should already have learned in coming to Christ. After describing the mental condition of heathen Gentiles, Paul presses on to disclose the causes of their mental dullness. Just as the Pharisees, who broke all of God’s laws, were able to reinterpret God’s law so they could believe they were living by them, so these will reinterpret their standards so that they will believe they are good and moral people. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Those who are mentally blind become morally callused. To use a computer analogy, you have a new operating system, but you still have to get the old junk off the hard drive. For example, the unbeliever (as a rule) thinks that life ends with death. In order for us to live in the body of Christ according to Christ’s design, we need to understand the genuine reality of the transforming nature of salvation. It is almost impossible to overestimate the importance of the truths conveyed in the passage before us. 2. The spiritually immature, like children will be protected. We are not to be “conformed to this world,” but rather “transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Rom. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. His thoughts have been incarnated in Christ, the Living Word, and recorded in the Bible, His inspired written Word. It could also be a stubbornness in sin in which the person has trouble putting aside the habits of the old life. Romans 1:7-17 – Good News – I am Ready. This was true of Pharaoh, who could not see the “finger of God” in the plagues of the Exodus, even when his own servants pointed it out to him (Exodus 8:19). To come to Him in faith is to come from death to life, from condemnation to justification, from sin to sanctification, and from ignorance to true wisdom. Paul may not even be attempting to distinguish between evangelism and discipleship here, but rather is only seeking to show the continuity between his teaching in this epistle and that which they had already received. (845)-298-8481, Loving the Brethren, Living Your Life, Behavior Toward Outsiders – 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, God’s Will: Your Sanctification – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Extending Ministry – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13. Ephesians 4:1 is a major hinge in the letter. It may be continued ignorance, the person has just not been instructed on living the Christian life, or they have yet to be discipled in the sense of being taught to obey “whatsoever He has commanded” (Matt. We must “put off” the old man and at the same time “put on” the new. 12, it is generally the people that are behind the scenes and not thought of that are most important. God is sovereign in the salvation and spiritual growth of those whom He has chosen. Paul insists that we refuse to allow our past to control us in the present. 5:15). Paul describe these in 2 Tim. Our method of evangelizing seems to be more of a sales presentation, which seeks to get as quickly as possible to the “bottom line”—some kind of assent to trusting in Christ. If the individual continues to live as the gentiles described here, then there is a question about whether they have received the truth, and understood and responded to the gospel. 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, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in [the likeness of] God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. In our study of Ephesians 4 we have learned that the apostles and prophets laid down the foundation by writing down the revelation God had given to them, and that revelation is the Bible, the Old and New Testaments. Consequently, all that is done should be to His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). He saved us to live godly lives, and thus to live in a way that is radically different from our lifestyle as unbelievers. When Christ saved you He also did a work on your mind. 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