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Ephesians 4 Walk worthy of your calling. The Unity of the Spirit Bond of Peace 2 Attitudes (4:2-3) Lowliness Gentleness Longsuffering Forbearance Love.

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1 Ephesians 4 Walk worthy of your calling

2 The Unity of the Spirit Bond of Peace 2 Attitudes (4:2-3) Lowliness Gentleness Longsuffering Forbearance Love Endeavor Basis (4:4-6) One… Body Spirit Hope Lord Faith Baptism God and Father Worthy Walk “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called” (4:1) Grace and Gifts (4:7-12) Growth in Love (4:13-16)

3 3 Put off old man--Put on new man Ephesians 4:17-24  Purity of the church, Col. 3:1-4; Eph. 5:25-27  Emphasis given the new man:  Character (heart), Eph. 4:17-24  Conduct (life), Eph. 4:25-32

4 OLD MAN  Former conduct  Grows corrupt (moral depravity)  Deceitful lusts NEW MAN  Spirit of your mind  Created (Eph 2:10)  Righteousness (just, upright)  Holiness 4

5  The new man: Righteousness and holiness of truth, 4:20-24; Col. 3:8-10 (Eph. 2:15) › New character: The pattern of Christ › New (4:24): “Renovated, better, of higher excellence” (Moulton) › New birth – New creature, Jno. 3:3, 5; 2 Cor. 5:17 5

6  The new heart in Christ, 4:17-19  Once walked as the Gentiles walk, but no longer… 1)Futility of mind: Vanity, emptiness, devoid of truth, depravity, Rom. 1: )Understanding darkened: Faculty of thinking (emotion and intellect), Rom. 1:21 6

7  Once walked as the Gentiles walk, but no longer… 3)Alienated from the life of God: Without God, 2:12 (Rom. 1:21, 23, 25, 28) 4)Ignorance: Lack of moral knowledge, Rom. 1:24 5)Blindness of heart: Hardened, Rom. 1:28 6)Past feeling: Apathetic, cease to feel pain, no shame, 1 Tim. 4:2 7

8  Once walked as the Gentiles walk, but no longer… 7) Gave themselves over: to deliver into custody, to hand over, Rom. 1:24, 26, 28 8) Lewdness (lasciviousness): Unbridled lust, Rom. 13:13-14; 1 Pet. 4:3 9) All uncleanness: Moral impurity, Rom. 1:24 10) Greediness: Covetousness, Rom. 1:29 8

9  How you learned Christ, 4:20-21 › Heard Him through His gospel, Heb. 1:2; Rom. 10:17 (Acts 8:12, 35) › Taught by Him, Matt. 11:28-29 (Lk. 10: 16; Jno. 13:20) › By hearing and learning the truth, Jno. 8:31-32 (14:6) 9

10  Renewal of the mind, 4:23 (Eph. 2:3)  Without a change of heart there will not be a change of life, 4:24 (Rom. 12:1-2) 10

11  Put away, Eph. 4:22, 25, 31  The result of repentance, Acts 17:30 (Lk. 3:8, 10-14) 11

12 OLD MAN  Lying  Anger and wrath  Stealing  Corrupt words  Grieve Holy Spirit  Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, malice NEW MAN  Speak truth  No place to the devil  Working / Giving  Impart grace  Believe His word  Kind compassion that forgives like God forgave us 12

13  Honesty, 4:25 (Col. 3:9); Zech. 8:16-17 › God hates a lying tongue, Prov. 6:17 › Abolished in the body of Christ  Self-control, 4:26-27 (Psa. 4:4) › Anger (orge): Settled, abiding provocation › Wrath (thumos): Agitated outburst, fierce exhibition of anger 13

14  Labor, 4:28 › Honest labor avoids lacking the necessities of life as well as the corresponding temptation to steal (1 Ths. 4:11-12) › Equips us to help others (Acts 20:33-35) 14

15  Purity, 4:29; Jas. 3:8-11 › Take care of what and how we speak › Concerned for the purity of others › Purity attempts to edify others  Godly motives, 4:30-31 › Sin pains, sorrows and distresses the Holy Spirit who secures us, 4:30 (1:13) › Purge ungodly motives, 4:31 15

16  Kindness, 4:32 › In contrast to sinful agitation, loud quarreling and hurtful language, 4:31 › Since God is kind to the unthankful and evil, we can (must) “be kind to one another”, Luke 6:35-36 › Compassion and forgiveness personify kindness, Col. 3:13 16

17  Practical changes: › Put away falsehood, wrath, stealing, corrupt speech and ungodly motives › Put on honesty, self-control, labor, purity, godly motives and kindness  God has created us to be “new creatures” in Christ, 2:10; 4:24; 2 Cor. 5:17 17


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