Studies in Ephesians – Ephesians 4:17-24
A – D – O – R – N
Deceitfulness – vs. 18, 20 – What once appeared to be delightful may soon prove to be poisonous. We must see the ruin that sin brings.
Off putting – v. 22, 25 – Reptiles shed their skin. We should shed the old life like a coat we lay aside. Recently I heard the Reverend Billy Graham during his birthday celebration. As he closed his comments he called for listeners to repent. Repentance is part of our walk of faith.
Righteousness – v. 24 – We are to put on a new self. This is the new life in Christ. As a babe comes forth from the womb we are to arise from our baptism as a new creature to live for Christ.
New mind – v. 23 – Put on a new mind for God. So many of the trial we face are part of a devilish mind game. Our minds must be dedicated to God. While others may think what they will, we must think upon the goodness and work of God in Christ.
Exemplary story: Nowadays we can view on film almost any natural event happening in the world or the heavens. While I did yard work I had the privilege to view the emergence of a butterfly from its chrysalis. If I had seen the event recorded by time lapse photography I might have missed the important messages. The shell had just split open and a speckled insect began to emerge. As its wings started to open it appeared very like an unfolding umbrella. Then it sat motionless. It was too new and vulnerable to take flight. Its wings had to harden in the sun. Later in the afternoon I enjoyed seeing it take its maiden voyage. As babes in Christ we must harden ourselves against the world and we must rest on the uplifting power of the Holy Spirit.