Chapter Four, Lesson Four
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Walking in Light
V.17 ** Before Paul addresses what is on his heart, he gives us
the reason for which he is going to share it by using the word "therefore".
To what is he referring?
Since he has called us "to walk in a manner worthy of the calling
with which [we] have been called" by "Walking in Love",
"Walking in Grace" and "Walking in Unity" - we therefore
should avoid the extreme negative example he is about to give us.
** Is Paul the origin of what he is about to say?
No - he is merely "affirming together with the Lord" what
we need to hear. It is not that the Lord was affirming an idea of Paul's!
We need to adopt this practice - not merely sharing our ideas with others,
but the richness of God's Word instead. cf. Colossians 3:16
** Alright then, what is the negative example that Paul and the Lord
are calling for us to avoid?
"that you no longer walk as the Gentiles walk"
** What does that imply regarding our former manner of life, and for
some Christians, even their current manner of life?
They had been and were still acting like the unsaved world around them!
cf. 1Corinthians 3:1-3, 1Peter 4:3-5
** It is understandable that before our salvation we would "walk"
in this manner. How does Paul describe the mental state of this type of
It is futile! The phrase "the futility of their mind" describes
that which fails to produce the desired result or that which never succeeds.
All - cf. Acts 14:8-15
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