17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord:You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts. 19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more.
20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, 21 assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus. 22 You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; 23 you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; 24 you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth. (Ephesians 4: 17-24)
These are my personal reflections as I study verse by verse. I welcome your observations, as we all learn to walk with Him for His glory!
Living the New Life
Paul describes the wickedness of the gentile world this way; Darkness. Paul describes early Christian’s as ‘darkened in understanding, excluded from the life of God.’ Early believers had the saving knowledge, but chose to live in darkness, giving into their sinful lives and desiring more of the same. Ignorance and hard hearts prevail. Doesn’t this sound like the same world we currently live?
God wants us to live in Him, in purity, righteousness, truth and goodness, BUT most of this world has a dislike for a life of holiness. We get so comfortable in the sins of this world that it becomes normal, we lose sense of what sin is, pick and choose how to live and are blind to the dangers and consequences of our sins; at least until the world comes crashing down upon ourselves and others we love.
The truth is in Jesus! When we finally understand and set our hearts upon Christ, we begin to separate ourselves from the world. Our character changes. Our thoughts change. Our actions change! God changes us! We now have learned not to do as others do, but to do as Christ has instructed us. God teaches us through His Word, His Son and His Spirit.
You will know when you have been renewed by His Spirit. You will exhibit a new nature, you will have new principles, you will have received the grace that makes you a new creation in Christ. God’s power is beautiful, true and excellent! If you are not there yet, take a moment to ask God to help. Only He can change you … you can not do it alone.
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