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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Five

WALKING IN TRUTH            Page 3
V.21 (Cont'd.)

** Do you recall how our Lord described Himself relative to the truth?

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me".
(John 14:6)
cf. John 1:17 - Truth resides in Christ, is made manifest through Christ and is declared by Christ through the lives of those with whom He has a personal relationship.

V.22 ** "Since" we have effectively heard the marvelous truth regarding salvation in Jesus Christ, what impact did coming to know Him have on our old way of life?

"you lay aside the old self"

** What does that mean?

Lit. - "to strip off", as in the case of removing and old filthy garment. cf. Colossians 3:8-9

This action is very much like that of verse 20, an aorist active indicative - we do this at the moment of our salvation in God granted repentance. cf. 2Timothy 2:25

** Is that the end of the battle, do our clothes ever get dirty again?

Absolutely they get dirty again, our sanctification is the process by which our Lord continually washes off the influence of the world around us.

** How does Paul describe the condition of our old self here in verse 22?

It was constantly undergoing decay! Corrupted translates the word "phtheiro" which meant to destroy or spoil. cf. Ephesians 2:1

** What was doing this?

"in accordance with the lusts of deceit"

** Why would Paul be calling this sinful lust "the lust of deceit"?

Fleshly lust, sinful passion only function in the area of deceit - it never appears as it truly is.
cf. 2Corinthians 11:3 and Hebrews 3:13

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