by Jerry Vines

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Your Makeover (21 of 36)
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 4:20-32

Have you ever had a make over? It's pretty obvious that I haven't. Like to have a new hairdo. Like to have a new look. Sometimes the ladies get what they call a makeover. They change their hair a little bit. Men do that, too. Just get tired of the old you and want to be a new you. Want to have a new look. The verses we are going to study tonight really have to do with a makeover—a spiritual makeover. I've been talking about physical makeover—your outward appearance, your cosmetic appearance, but the Bible talks in terms of a spiritual makeover also. You will notice this passage of Scripture which deals with this makeover and how to renew the new you begins in verse 20 by giving a contrast.

"But ye have not so learned Christ." That conjunction which begins verse 20 ties us to the previous verses. If you were here last Wednesday night, you remember that we looked at verses 17-19 which is one of the most devastating passages in the Bible on what it means to live outside of Christ. It is a withering description of what the Bible means when it says that we were dead in trespasses and sins. It talks about mental darkness, it talks about emotional hardness, and it talks about moral deadness. But now in verse 20 he switches right back to you and to me—those of us who are born again believers.

If you are in this building tonight and you are lost, you are still in verses 17, 18 and 19. That's the description of you. But if you are saved, if you have been born again, verses 17, 18, and 19 describe the old you who you used to be. Now in contrast he says in verse 20, "but you (born again believers) have no so learned Christ." That's not the way you've learned the Christian life. That's not what life is intended to be for you.

The Christian life is radically different from the life of the non-believer. One of the ways you can check to see if you are truly born again is to see if there is any difference be ...

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