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The Ephesian believers were Gentiles. Paul tells them to make a clean break with their old ways of life and stop living by the standards of the unsaved people around them (v. 17). These pagan Gentiles had given themselves to a lifestyle without any personal standards. Their minds have been clouded by all types of impurity to the point that they are unable to distinguish between right and wrong (v. 18). Their conscience is not functioning, and there is no hatred of sin and no love for Christ (v. 19).
In contrast to this pagan life, Christ teaches men to renounce sin and cultivate holiness and virtue. The phrase, “But ye have not so learned Christ” (v. 20) does not say “learned about Christ.” It is possible to learn about Christ and still not be saved. To “learn Christ” means to have a personal relationship with Christ so that you get to know Him better each day. I can learn about Abraham Lincoln because I can secure many books about his life. But I can never “learn him” because he is dead.
Christ is alive so I can “learn Christ” through a personal relationship with Him. This relationship is based on Bible study (II Tim. 2:15) and prayer. The better we understand the Word of God, the better we will know the Son of God. He is the truth, and you heard about him and learned about him (v. 21). You were told that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits (v. 22).
My old way of life before I was saved should be completely in the past. I should put it behind me like old clothes to be thrown away. I am not to be driven by desire and impulse.
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Ephesians 1:1-6Our Riches in Christ
Ephesians 1:7-14Redemption For The Believer in Christ
Ephesians 1:15-23Prayer For Knowledge And Power
Ephesians 2:1-3How we Were ’Before’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:4-10How He Works in Us ’After’ Salvation
Ephesians 2:11-13My Position in Christ As a Gentile
Ephesians 2:14-18We Are One Body in Christ
Ephesians 2:19-22Fellowship Needs to Be a Priority
Ephesians 3:1-6Missionary to The Gentiles
Ephesians 3:7-13Mystery of God’s Grace
Ephesians 3:14-21Prayer For God’s Power And Love
Ephesians 4:1-6Spiritual Unity
Ephesians 4:7-16Gifts From The Risen Messiah
Ephesians 4:17-22Walk As a New Person in Christ
Ephesians 4:23-29Be Holy And Not Sinful
Ephesians 4:30-32Grieving God’s Spirit by The Way we Live
Ephesians 5:1-7Who do You Try to Imitate?
Ephesians 5:8-14Walk as Children of Light
Ephesians 5:15-21Evidences Of a Spirit-filled Life
Ephesians 5:22-24Instructions to Wives
Ephesians 5:25-33Instructions to Husbands
Ephesians 6:1-4Training Children to Obey
Ephesians 6:5-9Living Under Authority
Ephesians 6:10-13Armor of God
Ephesians 6:14-17Stand Protected During Our Daily Battle
Ephesians 6:18-24The Warrior’s Resource