A New Set of Clothes
In our last study in the Book of Ephesians, we saw that we all have an old nature and a new nature to deal with. It is the battle of the flesh and the Spirit. The old Nature tells us to do that which we know is not right for a child of God, and the new nature tells us to do right, or order to keep a good testimony before God and man! If you will remember that chapters one through three deal with what we are, and what we have in the Lord. Chapters four through six reflect upon how we are to live as a result of what we are! Since God has foreordained before the foundation of the world that we would be adopted into the family of God, then we should get rid of the old man's habits, and put on the righteous habits of the new man.
As we look at this passage of Scripture this evening, Paul elaborates more on the battle between our new nature, and the idea that Paul presents is to shed the old habits, and put on the new habits that are pleasing unto God. This is a simple passage, and one that I am sure that you could read and apply without my help. But I will try to emphasize the virtues of godliness and the perils of ungodliness that we gain from the reading of the passage.
1- The Habits of the Old Man
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
The first area that we examine is that of lying! Paul advocates that we are to replace lying with truth! In our world today, lying has become one of those acceptable sins. It seems to go on in every segment of society! From the highest officials in Washington, down to the person who sleeps in the streets or under the bridge, there are those who lie and think nothing about it! Listen to this scripture:
King James Version (KJV)
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolater ...
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