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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Four

WALKING IN LIGHT            Page 3

Now back in Ephesians, chapter four -

V.18 ** Paul is going to give us a four fold description of the unsaved nations around us. Let's look at these one at a time remembering these are the negative examples that we are to avoid acting like in our own walk with Christ!

1) "being darkened in their understanding"
(1Corinthians 2:14 and 1John 5:20)

2) "excluded from the life of God"
(Ephesians 2:12 and Romans 6:4)

3) "ingnorance that is in them"
(1Corinthians 3:19-20 and Ephesians 1:17)

4) "hardness of their heart"
(Romans 1:24, 26 & 28 and Acts 15:7-9)

If we realize that the unsaved walk in darkness, then our description ought to be very different because we are "Walking in Light" - the light of His Word.

V.19 ** Having thus described the unsaved nations around us, Paul now uses an interesting phrase to expose their current condition. What is it?

They have "become callous".

** We know what that means in a physical sense when we work hard and form a callous condition on our hands, but what does Paul mean by saying the unsaved have become callous?

To exist without feeling or to cease to care! They are completely self-centered, shameless and totally insensitive to the things of God.

** With their souls being blinded, ignorant and insensitive to God, what is the predictable natural course of their lifestyle?

They "have given themselves over to sensuality".

** To what does the word "sensuality" refer?

"aselgeia" - total licentiousness, the absence of all moral restraint, especially in the area of sexual sins. cf. 2Peter 2:9-12, Revelation 21:8 (Judgment)

** How does Paul describe the depths of their sinful practice?

He says they practice "every kind of impurity with greediness".

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