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Importance of this issue: “This I say therefore, and affirm together with the Lord”

Paul and the Lord on the same page on this important issue

I. (:17-19) WALK DIFFERENTLY FROM THE UNSAVED – Characterized by:

“walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk”

A. Intellectual Futility

1. “in the futility of their mind”

cf. the message of futility in the Book of Ecclesiastes

2. “being darkened in their understanding”

B. Spiritual Death

“excluded from the life of God” — talk about being left out!


1. “because of the ignorance that is in them”

Points backwards to the point already made

2. “because of the hardness of their heart”

Points forward to the next point

It is more of a moral and heart issue than it is an intellectual issue.

C. Calloused Conscience

“and they having become callous”

D. Fleshly Sensuality

“have given themselves over to sensuality”

1. Manifold Impurity

“for the practice of every kind of impurity”

2. Majoring in Greed

“with greediness”

Not just indulging in impurity, but never satisfied and always craving more.

Or talking about greed in a more general sense in terms of craving for money and material possessions.



A. (:20-21) Follow the Lifestyle of Christ = the one that Corresponds to Truth

“But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus”

Good Definition of True Discipleship = learning Christ

3 Key Steps:

B. (:22) Put Off the Old Man

“that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self”

Problem with the Old Man: “which is being corrpupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit”

C. (:23) Be Renewed in Your Mind

“and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind”

D. (:24) Put on the New Man

“and put on the new self”

Potential of the New Man: “whch in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”



A. (:25) The Christian’s Commitment to Integrity

1. Negative: “Therefore, laying aside falsehood”

2. Positive: “speak truth, each one of you with his neighbor”

Note: never enough to just cease the negative; you must replace it with the corresponding positive trait

3. Why? “for we are members of one another”

B. (:26-27) The Christian’s Anger Management

1. Positive: “Be angry”

Martin: “If you are angry, be sure it is the kind of anger that is not sinful… Even a righteous wrath by overindulgence may pass all too easily into sin.”

2. Negative: “and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger”

3. Why? “and do not give the devil an opportunity”

C. (:28) The Christian’s Work Ethic and Philanthropic Spirit

1. Negative: “Let him who steals steal no longer”

2. Positive: “but rather let him labor”

3. Clarification (Nature of Christian work): “performing with his own hands what is good”

4. Why? “in order that he may have something to share with him who has need”

D. (:29) The Christian’s Speech

1. Negative: “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth”

cf. sitcoms today on TV — difficult to fine a 2 minute segment without an unwholesome word or sexual innuendo

2. Postive: “but only such a word as is good for edification”

cf. how the world thinks it is funny to try to outdo one another on putting other people down

3. Clarification: “according to the need of the moment”

not some canned, rote presentation

4. Why? “that it may give grace to those who hear”

E. (:30) The Christian’s Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit

1. Negative Catch-all: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God”

Stott: Re what grieves the Holy Spirit — “Since he is the ‘holy Spirit’, he is always grieved by unholiness, and since he is the ‘one Spirit’ (2:18; 4:4), disunity will also cause him grief. In fact, anything incompatible with the purity or unity of the church is incompatible with his own nature and therefore hurts him… For the Holy Spirit is a sensitive Spirit. He hates sin, discord and falsehood, and shrinks away from them. Theefore, if we wish to avoid hurting him, we shall shrink from them too. Every Spirit-filled believer desires to bring him pleasure, not pain.”

2. Why? “by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”

F. (:31-32) The Christian’s Tender Spirit of Kindness and Forgiveness

1. Negative: “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”

2. Positive: “And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other”

3. Why? (The Standard is Christ) “just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”