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Ephesians Devotional—Week Four, Day Three (12/23/09)

Ephesians 4:17-21

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. {18} They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. {19} Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. {20} You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. {21} Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” That pretty much sums up our text here in Ephesians 4.

The Lord has done a brand new work in the life of every true believer in Jesus Christ. The changes He makes are both instantaneous and progressive; there are “right now” changes upon receiving Christ, and “from glory to glory” changes that take place over the entirety of one’s life.

Whether a believer is new in the faith or has been in Christ for some time, there are definite commands that apply to all. They are to be constantly and unquestionably obeyed. The believer is not to copy the lifestyle of the world around him. Specifically, the believer is not to be spiritually ignorant, living in the darkness of his old ways. He is to keep an open and pliable heart while he avoids the sensual lusts which are common in every culture.

The lifestyle of the Gentiles is diametrically opposed to the way we’ve been taught by Jesus. His truth has brought us into an understanding of Divine mysteries and into the light—that we might live lives of contentment, purity, and self-control.

It’s important that we remember exactly how Jesus has taught us. This will help us live the way He has called us to live as His own.

  1. What immediate changes did you notice in your life upon receiving Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?
  2. How has the world attempted to “squeeze you into its mold” (as J.B. Phillips put it)? What have you done to resist? Consider Romans 12:1-2 as you contemplate God’s method for avoiding conformity to the way of the Gentiles.
  3. Think about the phrase “the truth that is in Jesus.” Where do we find this truth? How is your life based upon it?
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