Walk Thru The Word: Ephesians 4: 15-19 (ESV)

Contrast How Gentiles Walk In Futile Thinking but Bible Believers walk in truth!

 

15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

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17Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18They 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. 19They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Walk Thru The Word: Ephesians 4: 11-16 (ESV)

God Gives Gifts to Equip The Saints For Ministry

20But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22to put off your old self which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Walk Thru The Word: Ephesians 4: 11-16 (ESV)

God Gives Gifts to Equip The Saints For Ministry

25Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil. 28Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Message map Ephesians 4: 15–32

Ephesians Session #9

“Gut-Level Living” is Living Out The Good Emotions of Gods Grace.

  1. a) The Right way that transforms us into Christs image &
  2. b) The wrong way that leaves us In Our Carnal Nature

 Eph 4: 15-1 We fulfill our roles and responsibilities as Joints Christ Uses To Supply Growth to His body

15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Christianity hinges on speaking the truth in love.

We are joints, who fulfill our roles and responsibilities in Christ, so God uses us as Joints To Supply Growth

The joints are the points of union where the supply passes to the different members, furnishing the body with the materials required for its growth.

God wants His body to grow both quantitatively = in quantity and qualitatively = in quality Spiritual character

The Primary resource through which Christ fulfills the mission to grow His Body both numerically (in quantity) and in mature Christian character (qualitatively) is SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE! 

Calvin notes on Eph 4: 15-16 the following:

  1. But, speaking the truth. Having already said that we ought not to be children, destitute of reason and judgment, he now enjoins us to grow up in the truth. Though we have not arrived at man’s estate, we ought at least, as we have already said, to be advanced children. The truth of God ought to have such a firm hold of us, that all the contrivances and attacks of Satan shall not draw us from our course; and yet, as we have not hitherto attained full and complete strength, we must make progress until death.

He points out the design of this progress, that Christ may be the head, “that in all things he may have the pre-eminence,” (Colossians 1:18,) and that in him alone we may grow in vigor or in stature. Again, we see that no man is excepted; all are enjoined to be subject, and to take their own places in the body.

What aspect then does Popery present, but that of a crooked, deformed person? Is not the whole symmetry of the church destroyed, when one man, acting in opposition to the head, refuses to be reckoned one of the members? The Papists deny this, and allege that the Pope is nothing more than a ministerial head. But such cavils do them no service. The tyranny of their idol must be acknowledged to be altogether inconsistent with that order which Paul here recommends. In a word, a healthful condition of the church requires that Christ alone “must increase,” and all others “must decrease.” (John 3:30.) Whatever increase we obtain must be regulated in such a manner, that we shall remain in our own place, and contribute to exalt the head.”

Eph 4: 17-1 The Gentiles Have A Useless Way of Thinking

17gentiles (1. those unaware of and “unregenerated” by Christ.  2. those of the common culture of unbelievers. Almost always leads to individual perverseness and depravation) have a Futile (aimless, purposeless, nonsense-filled vain, empty, unrealistic, ineffective, unstable, frail and false religious) way of thinking

The Chart gives us the opportunity to determine if the 4-F’s on the left are outcomes and illustrations of the Bible verses on the right, Ephesians 4: 18-19, designated by a-d on the right.

Eph 4: 17 – 19 The 4-Fs of Futile Thinking

4 F’s on the left are the result of which of the elements from Eph 4: 18-19 on the right.

18They 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. 19They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

Characteristics of Futile thinking include these 4-F’s… 

  1. Fantasy = reality = Shape reality by wanting to be and saying you are something you are not (18… because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity)
  2. If fantasy = reality are you suffering from being …
  1. Faith in “Faith” is valid, without christ being the object of salvation in Whom we must place our faith. we place our faith in that His character is reliable to ascribe to us His substitutionary death on the cross. (Colossians 1:16-20 says, “16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.) (= 18alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them) = Their motto is “Just Believe”
  2. If you think you can have “faith in faith” absent of you relying upon what Christ has done to win our salvation, might you be suffering from …
  1. Forgiveness Is Due Us without repentance, and is independent of us consenting or conforming to God’s standards in His Commands! (= 18-19 alienated  
  2. If you think you can obtain God’s forgiveness on your own terms, without repenting on His terms, which includes accepting Christ’s sacrifice as the propitiation of our sins, might you be …

Eph 4: 20-24 There Are 2 ways to Learn Christ:

  1. a) The Right that transforms us into Christ’s image &
  2. b) The wrong way leaves us carnally Uniformed

Thus vss 20-21says, 20But that is not the way you learned Christ! — 21assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus. Thus vs 20 reveals there is right way and a wrong way to learn Christ.  Really there only is One Way, — John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life

2021 The Wrong Way To Learn Christ keeps us from being able

22to put off your old self(formerly Gentile ways) which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt (spoiled , by moral deterioration & decomposition (break-down), due to the corrupting influence = the corrosion of sin) through deceitful desires, (desires that come on so strong, yet are so wrong, and leave us unfulfilled.

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The Right Way To Learn results from Christ enabling us …

23 … to be renewed (made cooperative in God’s process that intensifies through higher stages & levels of sanctification) in the spirit’s work of your minds (reasoning & intellect — Rom 12: 1-2), 24and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness (what is deemed right in the eyes of the Lord) and holiness (that which God sanctions, defines,  ordains as holy and just.)

  1. John 14:6-7 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me; you would have known my Father also. (d = d 7 Or If you know me, you will know my Father also,) Bottom line is, the only way to know God is through Christ. Not through a church.  God has no stepchildren. 

Thus Transformation accomplishes the following:

2021 The Wrong Way To Learn Christ keeps us from being able …

The Right Way To Learn Christ enables us …

Eph 4: 11 (Five-Fold Ministry) These Gifts Accompany Callings

25Therefore, having put away falsehood (falsehood, (conscious and intentional inconformity to fact or truth; untruth; includes false religion), let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

NW 1828 — FALSEHOOD, noun fols’hood.

  1. treachery; deceitfulness; perfidy.
  2. Counterfeit; false appearance; imposture.
  3. To define “falsehood,” the NW 1828 uses Galatians 5:17 The flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other. Galatians 5:17.

26Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,

  1. Anger = (irritated to show settled-opposition, which is positive when inspired by God – and always negative when arising from the God’s anger is a fixed, controlled, passionate feeling against sin.
  2. and do not sin (sinful unnecessary anger” focuses on punishing the offender rather than the moral content of the offense) do not let the sun go down on your anger,

 27and give no opportunity (foothold, place) to the devil. 28Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

29Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Eph 4: 28 God wants us working to share vs. Stealing

28Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.

Which of the following is true? God tells us not to steal because

The 10 Commandments codify that people have a right to keep what they earn. 

Eph 4: 28-31 Violating Gods 10 Commandments Grieves the Holy Spirit of God

28Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30And do not grieve (VEX) the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

See Chart on this Slide of Eph 4: 28-31 & 10 Commandments

Eph 4: 32 Eph 4: 32 Forgiveness Covers Our Failures

29Let no corrupting (rotten, useless, corrupt, depraved) talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up (spiritual advancement, edification), as fits the occasion, that it may give grace (Lord’s favorable perspective, as God freely extends Himself, reaching (inclining) to us because He is disposed to be near and bless us) to those who hear. 30…by whom you were sealed (legally attested to as being owned by God, authorized & validated, by the Holy Spirit Who guarantees our salvation) for the day of redemption.

Eph 4: 32 “living with gutsForgives & Covers Our Failures

32Be kind you to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

32Be kind (serviceable, good useful, gentle, pleasant, kind; able to be used of God to furnish what is suitable.)  to one another, tenderhearted (compassionate, tender-hearted, merciful, exercise positive gut-level sympathy, empathy, compassion) – i.e. “living with guts.”) forgiving (freely giving favor to grant forgiveness (pardon)

God gives us grace that grants His favor to pardon us by cancelling the debt we owe Him due to our sin (Rom 6:23) 

  1. Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is freely done and therefore not based on any merit of the one receiving forgiveness. 

Eusplagchnos  (yoo’-splangkh-nos) =

Living Out The Good Emotions of God’s Grace.

Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!

 Let’s Pray:

Thank You, LORD for giving us Your grace through the Cross of Christ that grants us Your favor to pardon us by cancelling the debt we owe You due to our sinWe ask that You continue working in us to make us the kind of people who can

Eusplagchnos  (yoo-splangkh-nos) and Live Out The Good Emotions of Your Grace in the Fruit of Your Spirit!   Amen! 

 

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