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Summary: This is a study in Ephesians about the difference between the old and new life.

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Note: This is a study through the book of Ephesians as done in 1995. One of the main sources I used at the time was Beacon Bible Commentary vol. 9.

Title: The Old and New Life

Text: Eph 4:17-32

Last Sunday Night we talked of Unity in the Spirit. How that God wants his church to be unified. To work together. Understanding there are no big "I's" or little "You's" in the church. All have a part we must find what it is and do it.

Paul in the next verses change the subject a little although it still deals with the church but less from a ministry and gift standpoint and more from a life standpoint. Now I believe that the gifts in the church is very important but they can be useless if the life is not lived. When Paul speaks of a Bishop to be one of good reputation he understood that without this people will not listen. He breaks it down into two areas. The Old Life and the New Life.

I believe that most of here today are not focused on the Old Life. We have already crossed that area now we are working on the New Life. A life that is beyond. So I want to briefly skim over the Old Life and look at the New.

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (a meaningless life)

18 Having the understanding darkened, (they don't have the illuminating of the Holy Spirit)

being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: {blindness: or, hardness}

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: (They don't know Christ because if they did they they would have been taught by him and lived the life. The importance is to know Christ)

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; (Philippians 3:9-10 AV)

I. Put off the Old Man

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

We are told first of all to put off the old man. This is the way of the world. This is the old way. "former converstaion" is manner of life. All the past must be changed.

Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (Romans 6:6 AV)

So the old man is crucified with Christ. It should be dead.

II. Put on the New man

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness (right conduct in relation to man) and true holiness (conduct distinctivly relating to God). {true...: or, holiness of truth}

New man is the Christian life with a divine life. Full of Christ.


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