Ephesians 4:17-32

By Jerry Wierwille

Eph 4:17-29

Without Christ, things go very wrong in life. Paul lists 4 problems for those who do not know Christ.

  1. They walk in the futility of their minds.
  2. They are darkened in their understanding.
  3. They are alienated from the life of God.
  4. They have lost all sensitivity and given themselves over to unrestrained behavior.

Eph 4:20-24

Christ followers are called to change. Paul commands 3 changes that we are called to make after having learned the truth that is in Jesus.

  1. Put off the old self (cf. Eph 2:1-3).
  2. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind (cf. Eph 3:16).
  3. Put on the new self (Col 3:5-9; Rom 13:11-14).

Eph 4:25-28

Verses 25-32 begin the ethical instruction for living Christ-like according to the new self.

Eph 4:29-32

Out of all the godly behaviors Paul lists, he ends with the need to show forgiveness. Forgiveness is to be a defining characteristic of Christ’s followers.

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