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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you like CHRIST? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To be like CHRIST. IV. TEXT: Ephesians 4:22-24 (Amplified Bible) Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you like CHRIST?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To be like CHRIST.

IV. TEXT:

Ephesians 4:22-24 (Amplified Bible)

Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;

And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],

And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.

V. THESIS:

We are like CHRIST in this world.

VI. TITLE:

Make new the attitude of my mind

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: 60 A.D. to 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: To show believers their position in CHRIST and encourage them to walk accordingly

D. To whom written: church at Ephesus

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Put off old self

"Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self]"

Old self of sin as mentioned in the Bible is described as or summarized as corrupted by it's deceitful desires

1. Body of sin made effective and active for evil, as slaves of sin

Romans 6:6 (Amplified Bible)

We know that our old (unrenewed) self was nailed to the cross with Him in order that [our] body [which is the instrument] of sin might be made ineffective and inactive for evil, that we might no longer be the slaves of sin.

2. It lies to one another, with it's evil practices

Colossians 3:9 (Amplified Bible)

Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices,

3. Living in shameless, insolent wantonness, in lustful desires, drunkenness, reveling, drinking bouts and abominable, lawless idolatries

1 Peter 4:3 (Amplified Bible)

For the time that is past already suffices for doing what the Gentiles like to do—living [as you have done] in shameless, insolent wantonness, in lustful desires, drunkenness, reveling, drinking bouts and abominable, lawless idolatries.

4. Blind, shortsighted and oblivious

2 Peter 1:9 (Amplified Bible)

For whoever lacks these qualities is blind, [spiritually] shortsighted, seeing only what is near to him, and has become oblivious [to the fact] that he was cleansed from his old sins.

B. Made new in the attitude of my mind

"And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude],"

Psalms 51:10 (Amplified Bible)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right, persevering, and steadfast spirit within me.

Romans 12:2 (Amplified Bible)

Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

2 Corinthians 4:16 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore we do not become discouraged (utterly spiritless, exhausted, and wearied out through fear). Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day.


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