Spirit Controlled Living
INTRODUCTION: In the Old Testament when the people of God were desiring a closer relationship with their Lord; they often were told to wash themselves and change their clothes. It was a picture of consecration and obedience to His revealed word.
We see the principle of changing clothes in Ephesians 4:22 and 24. It pictures replacing sinful habits with righteous and holy habits. Sin must not only be rejected, repented of, but also replaced.
This passage before us gives a list of examples on how to live out of a new relationship in Christ. These are behaviors we are to pursue that hopefully will be behaviors that mark our lives.
There would have to be a reason the Apostle Paul gave these exhortations.
Tony Merida said, ''these practical exhortations are relational. Our new union with Christ should change the way we live in community. Our sin affects others negatively, just as our righteousness will bless others positively.''
In each of these practical exhortations there is a negative action and a positive action.
Holiness (godly living) is not just about saying no to sin; it is also about saying yes to God. Remember, it's about changing clothes; we must take off the dirty and put on the new.
Note there is a major reason for this action, ''because we are members of one another'' (25).
Paul not only tells us what not to do, but what we are to do.
He deals with lying, being angry, stealing, as well as unhealthy speech. Believers are to live differently because of what they believe. Relating to each of these negatives, Paul speaks of belief in God, sin, the Devil, the Spirit, the Church and Christ's death on the cross (Ephesians 4:25-32).
''The only reliable evidence of a person's being saved is not a past experience of receiving Christ but a present life that reflects Christ.''
1 John 2:4
''He who says, ''I know Him,'' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, ...
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