The Worthy Walk: The Old & New Man

I. Christians are not to walk as other Gentiles walk (Ephesians 4:17).

A. The foundational reason (therefore) builds from the product (Ephesians 4:15-16).

1. We are to speak the Truth in love.

2. We are to grow up (in Christ) in all things.

3. We are to be joined together and compacted

4. We are to effectually work together.

5. We are to produce an increase through edification.

B. The obvious behavior to avoid is the “walk” of other Gentiles.

1. The NT word is peripateo, conveying the strong sense of “purpose” in lifestyle.

a. That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit (Romans 8:4)
b. For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? (1 Corinthians 3:3)

2. The specific warnings are focused on a mindset and condition.

a. Gentiles have a “vanity of their mind” (1 Corinthians 3:20)
b. Gentiles have their “understanding darkened” (Romans 1:21)
1) They are “alienated from the life of God” (Ephesians 2:12)
2) They are guided only by “the ignorance that is in them” (Romans 10:3)
3) They have a “blindness of their heart” (John 12:40)
c. Gentiles are “past feeling” (separate from conviction – away from pain)
1) They are “given over to lasciviousness” (Jude 1:4)
2) They “work all uncleanness with greediness” (Romans 1:24)

II. Christians have not learned about Christ that way (Ephesians 4:20-24).

A. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 -- But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

B. We are to put off the Old Man (Colossians 3:9).

1. The Old Man is to be “cast aside” (conscious action).

a. Hebrews 12:1 – “lay aside” every weight
b. James 1:21 – “lay apart” all filthliness…etc.

2. The Old Man is “corrupt” with “deceitful lusts.”

a. Jude 1:10 – like “brute beasts” whose nature is corrupt
b. Matthew 13:22 – “deceitfulness of riches” choke the word.

3. The Old Man is “crucified with” Christ (Romans 6:6-14)

a. That the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. (6:6)
b. For he that is dead is freed from sin. (6:7)
c. Dead with Christ … shall also live with him (6:8)
d. Death hath no more dominion over [Christ] (6:9)
e. [Christ] died unto sin once…he liveth unto God (6:10)
f. Likewise [you are] dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (6:11)
g. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body (6:12)
h. Neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin (6:13) Yield yourselves unto God
i. You are alive from the dead
j. Yield your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
k. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace (6:14)

C. We are to “be renewed in the spirit of our mind” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

1. We are “transformed” by the “renewing” of our mind (Romans 12:2)

2. We have been given a “sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7)

3. We have been given the “mind of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:16).

D. We are to “put on the New Man” (Romans 13:14)

1. The New Man is “created” in “righteousness and true holiness”

a. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – a new “creature”
b. Galatians 6:15 – nothing avails except a “new creature”
c. John 3:3-7 – must be born “from above”
d. 1 Peter 1:23 – born again by “the word of God”
e. James 1:18 – by “his own will” he “birthed” us “with the word of Truth”

2. The New Man is “renewed in knowledge” (Colossians 3:10)

a. John 17:3 – eternal life is to “know” God
b. Colossians 3:12 – as the “elect of God”
c. Titus 3:5 – “washing of regeneration” and “renewing of the Holy Ghost”
1) The “Comforter” will teach us and remind us (John 14:26)
2) The “Spirit of Truth” will testify of Christ (John 15:26)
3) The “Spirit of Truth” will guide us into all truth (John 16:13-15)

III. Christians must put away the Old Man behavior patterns and replace them with the New Man character and lifestyle.

A. There are several obvious contrasts (Ephesians 4:25-32)

1. Put away lying – speak truth to your neighbor.

2. When angry, do not sin; settle the issue by the end of the day.

3. Do not “give place” to the devil.

a. Faith quenches the “fiery darts” (Ephesians 6:16)
b. We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11)
c. Resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7)
d. Steadfast resistance in the faith protects us (1 Peter 5:8)

4 Do not steal -- work with your own hands.

5. Do not let corrupt communication out – minister grace through the “business” of edifying

6. Do not “grieve the Holy Spirit of God”

a. Those that know right and do wrong, grieve the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 3:17; James 4:17)
b. Those that participate in ungodly activities, grieve the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:13-20)

7. Put away all the mental sins of personal vengeance.

a. Bitterness (Hebrews 12:15 – “root of bitterness”)
b. Wrath (Romans 2:8 – possible to “obey” warth)
c. Anger (James 1:20 – wrath does not work good)
d. Clamor (Revelation 21:4 – crying in anguish or frustration)
e. Evil speaking (Jude 1:9 – railing accusation – “blasphemy”)
f. Malice (1 Peter 2:16 – maliciousness)

8. Our relationships with one another must be “edifying”.

a. Kind (supportive, easy) – Matthew 11:30; Jesus’ yoke is easy and light
b. Tenderhearted (having strong emotions; pity) – 1 Peter 3:8
c. Forgiving (granting grace, favor)
1) Parable of two debtors (Luke 7:41-43)
2) God, for Christ’s sake, has “forgiven” you.

B. There is a remarkably parallel passage in Colossians 3.

1. Put to death the sins of the flesh (Colossians 3:5-7)

a. Fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness
b. God’s wrath comes on those who do so.

2. Put off the sins of the mind (Colossians 3:8-9)

a. Anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, lying.
b. You have put off the Old Man and those deeds.

3. Put on the New Man (Colossians 3:10-14)

a. The “new: is “renewed in knowledge” after Christ’s image (Romans 8:29)
b. The “Image” has no nationality or culture limits (Galatians 3:28)
c. The “elect of God” are to “put on” God character.
1) Strengthened: mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering.
2) Forbearing and forgiving one another
3) Using “love” as the “glue” of perfection.

4. Let the peace of God reign in your hearts (Colossians 3:15-17).

a. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly
b. Whatever you do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Series: 
Identity
Lesson: 
#10
Book: 
Ephesians
Verses: 
4:17-32

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