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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Five

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V.22 (Cont'd.)

** Having "heard" the truth, and knowing that we now belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, should we ever enter into this kind of deceptive lifestyle, the very kind we lived in gladly before we were saved?

God forbid - Romans 6:1-2, 1Peter 4:3 (last week)

V.23 ** As you consider your life everyday in Christ, what part of your body controls what we say and do?

Our minds!

** Is the Lord concerned about how we use our minds?

Yes - that is why He has renewed "the spirit of [our] minds".

See: Romans 12:2 - we are transformed by the renewing of our mind
Titus 3:5 - the washing of regeneration
Eph.5:25-26 - washing of water with the word
1Peter 1:13 - gird your minds for action, keep sober in spirit
1Peter 4:7 - sound judgment and sober spirit
1Peter 5:8 - be of sober spirit, be on the alert

Paul is saying that we have been renewed in the spirit of our mind for the purpose of using it in the process of life, committed to Christ in humble devotion; no longer corrupted or spoiled by this world.

V.24 ** When we function in this fresh mindset, what drastic or radical change will become manifest to all who are around us?

They will know that we have "put on the new self".

** Is that something we generate or create?

NO - only God can do that.

** What will our new self resemble according to Paul?

Our new self, "which in the likeness of God..." What an amazing statement, men should be able to see what Almighty God is like by looking at our new life in Christ!

** What two characteristics does Paul draw from to illustrate this portrait we are to paint with our new life before the watching world?

We should manifest the "righteousness and holiness" of our Heavenly Father. That is in practice and position, we should be the same.

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