Our Character

Ephesians 4:17,32

As those who have learned of Christ (v. 20), the apostle exhorts the Ephesian brethren that their manner of walk must be different from other Gentiles,” who walk in the “vanity of their mind, with there understanding being darkened and alienated from the life of God,because of ignorance and blindness of heart.” (v.17,19).

What a sad picture this is of the unrenewed man, (1Co 6:11) tell us “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Note what the apostle had to say here about these people. And such were many of you at one time.

But ye are washed with the water of baptism, in token of you having vowed to lead a new life;

But now, we are consecrated to the service of God; and we have been delivered from paganism’s ignorance, by the power of the Lord Jesus, and by the influences of his Holy Spirit.

The grace of God must be apparent in our character and conduct. To this Christ honouring end he calls upon us to,

Paul tells us to put 0ff the old man in (v.22).This old man is the same age as yourself. You cannot put him off like an old coat, nor can you put him off with promises.

It is the natural carnal mind, whose motto was “Me first”-the self-seeking, self -praising, self-satisfying spirit.

The unrenewed man is not under the direction of reason and sound sense, but is controlled by his passions and desires

Fleshly passions are deceitful. They lead people astray. They plunge us into ruin.

All the passions and pleasures of the world are unreal and do not last.

They promise more than they perform; and they leave their victimize disciples to disappointment, and to tears.

Nothing is more “deceitful” than promised pleasures of this world; and all who yield to them find at last that they have been mislesd.

It is the old, corrupt heart, that loved the things that dishonoured Jesus Christ our Lord. Shake him off as you would a poisonous viper! Let him be crucified (Rom. 6:6).

Paul tells us to put on the new man.This new man is after the image of God in righteousness and true wholeness (v.24).

This new man is the “second man, the Lord from Heaven” “Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the old man” (Rom.13:14).

Let us put on the Lord Jesus Christ. This is in reference to what is said in, (Rom.13:13) Let us put on decent garments, let us make a different profession, let us unite with God’s people, and maintain that profession by a appropriate conduct.

Putting on, or being clothed with Jesus Christ, signifies receiving and believing the Gospel; and consequently taking its teachings for the government of life, having the mind that was in Christ.

Let us put on the shechinah, or Divine majesty, to signify the soul’s being clothed with immortality, and rendered fit for glory.

To put on Christ is to put on His Spirit and the yoke of His will.

When He has His rightful place in the heart and life there is no room for any other. Jesus must reign in our life.

Let us put away all unreality. Every deceptive and untruthful thing (v.25).

Does it seem strange to be warning those who have been made anew after the likeness of Christ, of lying, anger, and stealing?

We all know that the thoughtsof the heart, as well as the words of the tongue, often betray.bIn their most incipient stage these things are to be hated and disowned.

Give No Place to the Devilacording to(v.27).The Devil is always in search of a place in our lives.

He knows that if he can but get his poison into the blood, that the whole man will be affected.

The apostle Paul forgave others, “lest Satan should get an advantage of us” (II. Cor.2:10,11).

Our hasty temper and the unforgiving mood gives Satan a great advantage. “Resist the Devil and he will flee from you.”

Let our communications be free from corruption, and Good for Edifyingaccording to(v.29).

When conversation degenerates into mere gossip, there is little thought of obeying this injunction of making

it a ministry of grace to the hearers.

Many a God-given opportunity has been utterly lost by silly mood displayed at times by God’s servants in the presence of quiet, thoughtful, anxious souls “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man (Col. 4: 6).

We must not Grieve the Holy Spirit.

This is an awful possibility on the part of a Christian person.

The Holy Spirit may be grieved by ignoring His presence, by unholy talk and temper which misrepresent His character, by resisting his teaching, by depending on our wisdom and strength.

A grieved Spirit means the loss of the enjoyment of God’s love, the loss of communion which is by the Holy Spirit, the loss of power for service “But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them” (Isa. 63:10).

Israel was rebellious from their leaving Egypt through all the ages as they continued to be the professed people of God;

They provoked him by their murmurs, idolatries, and multiplied crimes;

They resisted and vexed or grieved his Holy Spirit, by despising and persecuting his prophets; and especially by rejecting and crucifying their promised Messiah,

They opposed the gospel when preached by the apostles, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven to attest their doctrine by his miraculous operations.

Grieve Him not, for by the Holy Spirit are ye sealed andsecured unto the day of Christ’s final redemption (v.30)

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