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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Four

WALKING IN LIGHT            Page 4
V.19 (Cont'd.)

** Is there any limitation to the kinds of impurity that is pursued by those who walk in darkness?

No - They will chase after "every kind".

** What motive do they display while engaging themselves in this immoral pursuit?

Greediness - they simply can't get enough

** What are the chances of someone like this ever being saved?

Excellent! Remember what we have already seen in this wonderful letter.

Ephesians 2:8-10 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God not as a result of works..."

Ephesians 2:1-2 "And you were dead in your tresspasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world..."

V.20 ** What refreshing contrast does Paul now offer for our consideration?

We are NOW different because, we "did not learn Christ in this way".

** What does he mean by the expression "learn Christ"?

manthano - can be used in reference to the process of learning truth. However, it can also mean "to come to know". In Walter Bauer's A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, he points out that the verb is used here in an aorist active indicative form, indicating a one-time act at the moment of our salvation. cf. 1John 2:4, Matthew 11:29

** To what "way" is Paul referring when he implies that we are different?

The "way" of the unsaved, unbelieving world around us. Because we are "Walking in Light" our walk should be radically different from the darkened, excluded, ingnorant, hard-hearted life of those who do not know Christ! cf. Ephesians 5:8

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