(From: EPHESIANS #6 - 4:17-5:14)
H. 4:17-24 NEW MAN IN CHRIST: REPLACES GENTILE BEHAVIOR
a. 4:17-19 THE CLOTHING TO BE PUT OFF
TOUto oun LEgo, kai marTUro-mai  en KuRIo,
17 This I say therefore, and testify in theLord,
meKEti huMAS pe-ri-paTEIN kaTHOS kai ta ETHnepe-ri-paTEI, en ma-taiOte-ti  tou noOS auTON,
that you no longer should walk as the nations also walk, in thevanity of their :mind,
es-ko-tisMEnoi  tedi-aNOIa  ONtes, a-pel-lo-tri-oMEnoi  tes zo-ES  tou TheOU,
18 being darkened in theirunderstanding, alienated from the life of :God,
diA ten AGnoi-an  ten OUsan en auTOIS, diA ten POro-sin  tes karDIas auTON;
because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their :heart;
HOIti-nes a-pel-geKOtes  he-auTOUS paREdo-kan  tea-selGEIa ,
19 who being past feeling gave themselves up to :lasciviousness,
eis er-gaSIan  a-ka-tharSIas  PAses en ple-o-neXIa .
to work all uncleanness with covetousness.
b. 4:20-24 THE CLOTHING TO BE PUT ON
HuMEIS de ouch HOUtos eMAthe-te  ton ChrisTON; EI ge auTON eKOUsa-te,
20 But you did not so learn the Christ; 21if so thatyou heard of him,
kai en auTOe-diDACHthe-te , kaTHOS es-tin aLEthei-a en toIeSOU:
and were taught in him, even as truth is in :Jesus:
a-poTHESthai  huMAS, kaTA ten proTEran a-nas-troPHEN ,
22that you put away, as concerning your former behavior,
ton pa-laiON  ANthro-pon, ton phtheiROme-non  kaTA tas e-pi-thuMIas  tes aPAtes ;
the old man, that waxes corrupt after the lusts of :deceit;
a-na-neOUSthai  de toPNEUma-ti tou noOS  huMON,
23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your :mind,
kai enDUsas-thai  ton kaiNON  ANthropon, ton kaTA TheON ktisTHENta 
24and put on the new man, that after God has been created
en di-kai-oSUnekai ho-siOteti  tes a-leTHEIas.
in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
I. 4:25 – 5:14 CHRISTIAN OBLIGATIONS IN A DARK AND WICKED WORLD
1. 4:25 – 5:2 THE REPLACING POWER OF NEW AFFECTION
a. 4:25 TRUTH REPLACES LYING
Di’ HO, a-poTHEme-noi  to PSEUdos 
Wherfore, putting away the lie
laLEIte aLEthei-an HEkas-tos meTA tou pleSIon auTOU: HOti esMEN alLElon MEle.
speak truth each with his :neighbor: for we are members one of another.
b. 4:26-27 CONTROLLED ANGER DISPLACES THE DEVIL
orGIzes-the , kai meha-marTAne-te : ho HEli-osmee-pi-duEtoePI pa-ror-gisMOhuMON:
26Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
meDE DIdo-te TOpon todi-aBOlo.
27neither give place to the devil.
c. 4:28 HONEST TOIL REPLACES STEALING
Ho KLEPtonmeKEti klepTEto: MALlon de ko-piAto, er-gaZOme-nos tais cherSIN to a-gaTHON,
Let him that steals steal no more: but rather let him toil, working with his:hands what is good,
HIna Echeme-ta-diDOnai  toCHREIan  Echon-ti.
that he have whereof to give to him that has need.
d. 4:29 GRACEFUL SPEECH REPLACES FOUL TALK
pas LOgos saPROS  ek tou STOma-tos  huMON meek-po-reuEStho,
Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your :mouth,
all’ EI tis a-gaTHOS pros oi-ko-doMEN  tes CHREIas , HIna doCHArin tois aKOUou-sin.
but such as is good for building up of the need, that it give grace to them that hear.
e. 4:30 FAILURE TO WALK IN CHRIST GRIEVES GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT
kai meluPEIte  to PNEUma to HAgi-on tou TheOU,
And grieve not the Holy :Spirit of :God,
en hoes-phraGISthete  eis heMEran a-po-luTROse-os .
in whom you were sealed unto a day of redemption.
f. 4:31-32 FORGIVENESS REPLACES ALL BITTERNESS
PAsa piKRIa , kai thuMOS , kai orGE, kai krauGE, kai blas-pheMIa ,
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing,
arTHEto aph’ huMON, sun PAsekaKIa :
be put away from you, with all malice:
GInes-the de eis alLElous chresTOI , EUsplagch-noi ,
32and be kind one to another, tenderhearted,
cha-riZOme-noi  he-auTOIS, kaTHOS kai ho TheOS en ChrisTOe-chaRIsa-to huMIN.
forgiving each other, even as :God also in Christ forgave you.
g. 5:1-2 THE LOVE-WALK OF CHRIST: OUR EXAMPLE
GInes-the oun mi-meTAI  tou TheOU, hos TEKna a-ga-peTA;
Be therefore imitators of :God, as beloved children;
kai pe-ri-paTEIte en aGApe, kaTHOS kai ho ChrisTOS eGApe-sen huMAS,
2and walk in love, even as the Christ also loved you,
kai paREdo-ken  he-auTON huPER huMON,
and gave himself up for you,
pros-phoRAN  kai thuSIan  toTheOeis osMEN  eu-oDIas .
an offering and sacrifice to :God for an odor of a sweet smell.
2. 5:3-5 PENALTY: FOR NOT EXCHANGING UNCLEANNESS FOR CHRIST
a. 5:3-4 THANKSGIVING: REPLACES UNCLEANNESS
PorNEIa  de, kai a-ka-tharSIa  PAsa, eple-o-neXIa ,
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness,
meDE o-no-maZEStho en huMIN, kaTHOS PREpei haGIois ;
let it not even be named among you, as becomes saints;
kai aisCHROtes , kai mo-ro-loGIa ,eeu-tra-peLIa ,
4nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting,
ha ouk aNEken : alLA MALlon eu-cha-risTIa .
which are not befitting: but rather thanksgiving.
5:5 WARNING: NO INHERITANCE IN GOD FOR UNCLEANNESS
TOUto gar ISte giNOSkon-tes HOti pas PORnos ,
For this you know and perceive that no fornicator,
eaKAthar-tos ,eple-o-NEKtes  (HO es-tin ei-do-loLAtres),
nor unclean, nor covetousness man(which is an idolater),
ouk Echei kle-ro-noMIan  en teba-siLEIa  tou ChrisTOU kai TheOU.
has any inheritance in the kingdom of the Christ and God.
3. 5:6-14 CHILDREN OF LIGHT: A REBUKE TO SONS OF DARKNESS
a. 5:6 DECEPTION: TO MISUNDERSTAND THE DIRECTION OF GOD’S WRATH
MeDEIS huMAS a-paTAto keNOIS  LOgois:
Let no onedeceive you with empty words:
diA TAUta gar ERche-tai heorGE tou TheOU ePI tous huiOUS tes a-peiTHIas .
for because of these comes the wrath of :God upon the sons of :disobedience.
b. 5:7-12 CHILDREN OF LIGHT MUST NOT FELLOWSHIP DARKNESS
meoun GInes-the sunMEto-choi  auTON;
Become not therefore partakers with them;
Ete GAR po-te SKOtos , nun de phos  en KuRIo:
8for you were once darkness, but are now light in theLord:
hos TEKna phoTOS pe-ri-paTEIte (ho gar karPOS  tou phoTOS
walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light is
en PAsea-ga-thoSUne kai di-kai-oSUne kai a-leTHEIa ),
in all goodness and righteousness and truth),
do-kiMAzon-tes  TIes-tin euAres-ton  toKuRIo;
10proving what is well-pleasing to theLord;
kai mesun-koi-noNEIte  tois ERgois tois aKARpois tou SKOtous, MALlon de kai e-LEGche-te ;
11and have no fellowship with the unfruitful :works of :darkness, but rather even reprove them;
ta gar kruPHE giNOme-na hup’ auTON aisCHRON  es-tin kai LEgein.
12for the things done by them in secret it is a shame even to speak of.
c. 5:13 REPROOF OF SIN IS A MANIFESTATION OF LIGHT
ta de PANta e-legCHOme-na huPO tou phoTOS pha-neROUtai :
But :all thingswhen reproved are manifested by the light:
pan gar to pha-neROUme-non PHOSes-tin.
for every thing:manifested is light.
d. 5:14 RESURRECTION IN CHRIST BRINGS CHRIST’S LIGHT
di’ ho LEgei, Egei-re , ho kaTHEUdon ,
Wherefore itsays, Awake, you who sleep,
kai aNAsta  ek ton neKRON , kai e-piPHAUsei  soi ho ChrisTOS.
And arise from the dead, And the Christ shall shine upon you.
NOTE:There are some that think when we are born again, that our spirit is made sinlessly perfect. Not so! The Holy Spirit through the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 7:1 makes this abundantly clear. For here he says – “Having therefore these :promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in fear of God.”This is a subtle point, and one in which the enemy of our soul seeks to work his deception. Paul again warns in 1 Timothy 4:1-5 concerning deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons in the last days. Top teachers in our land have fallen for these deceptions. Take nothing for granted. Prove allthings. Hold fast to that which is good, and accords with Scripture.
Oprah Winfrey is promoting the teaching of Marianne Williamson and her book, “A Return to Love:” Reflections on the “Principles of A Course on Miracles.” Portions will appear each day of this year on the Internet. It is false “New Age” teaching It is backed by dollars, but none-the-less false! There are many gullible new believers, plus those who are searching for truth, who will fall for this flesh-pleasing but heretical teaching. It is another Christ they present – not the one of the Gospels!
See this analogy – Just as we change clothes for our body – so we should change clothes for our soul and spirit. If you have started on this path of deception – Put off these false clothes and put on the pure clothes of Christ that accord with the Word of God! There are many false teachers, prophets and apostles out there. They are on the Net, television, radio, literature. Be not naïve – but wise in the ways of God. The devil is real! Satan is out there as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. The enemy poses as an “angel of light!” But it is a false personification. Take note who Oprah is taking under her wings to sponsor as President in the light of the above.
We need the expulsive power of a new affection! Let Jesus Christ as presented clearly in the Bible be the One we love with all our heart and soul and mind and strength. This will honor our Heavenly Father. This will ensure our walk as children of the Light – and also ensure that we are not of those who are children of darkness and deception.
Let us make sure that we are clothed in white – well-pleasing to God and in accord with the Ephesian passage above. J.A.W.