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GOING TO HELL ON A JET SKI (20 of 36)
We need to remind ourselves that when you come to the
4th chapter of Ephesians, you come to the practical
portion of the book. We might look back at verse 1
and read that verse because that is the verse which
guides our thinking as we move through these practical
chapters. Verse 1 says, "I therefore the prisoner of
the Lord, beseech you that you walk worthy of the
vocation wherewith ye are called." The lead word is
the word walk. It occurs several times in chapter4
and also in chapter 5. It means more than just taking
a walk, just a little stroll. It has to do with your
lifestyle-your manner of life-your behavior-how you
conduct your life on a daily basis.
In a positive vein he has said in chapter 4, verse 1,
"work worthy of the calling the (the salvation)
wherewith ye are called." He is saying to live a
life that is worthy of your salvation experience.
That's the positive emphasis. Now, when you come to
the 17th verse he says, "walk not as other Gentiles
walk." That is a negative on the matter. He is
saying here that the born again believer, the child of
God, is to live a life that is radically different
from the lifestyle of a non-believer. When you did
not know the Lord as your Savior, according to the
Scriptures, you walk the way lost people walk.
Look back at the 2nd chapter, 2nd verse. He talks
about that. "Wherein in time past you (before you
were saved) walked according to the course of this
world." The way lost people are living today is the
way you lived before you came to know Christ as your
Savior. But you have had a born again experience.
You have been made a new creature in Jesus Christ.
The Bible says "if any man be in Christ he is a new
creation. Old things are passed away, behold all
things are become new. Walk not as other Gentiles
walk, but walk worthy of the ...
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