Being Different Eph. 4:17-32 Oct. 24, 2010
When we see a person who we know recently became a Christian we ought to see evidence of a person Being Different.
1. Being Different Includes Being . . Satisfied With Jesus. 4:17-19
A. If You’re Satisfied With Jesus You Walk . . Differently Than Gentiles. 4:17-18
17 Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord: You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them and because of the hardness of their hearts.
B. If You’re Satisfied With Jesus Your . . Desires Are Contrasted To Gentiles. 4:19
19 They became callous and gave themselves over to promiscuity for the practice of every kind of impurity with a desire for more and more.
When people claim to be satisfied with Jesus their walk is definitely different. If their lifestyle before Christ demonstrated a very sinful manner, they will display a change. I love to see that kind of a transformation.
However if people claim to be saved and no one sees much difference in the way they live, it causes others to question their profession of faith. Paul said, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, . . .” 2 Cor 5:17 HCSB
2. Being Different Includes Being . . Spiritually Renewed. 4:20-24
A. The . . Assumption From Being Spiritually Renewed. 4:20-21
20 But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, 21 assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus:
B. The . . Alteration From Being Spiritually Renewed. 4:22-24
22 you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires; 23 you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; 24 you put on the new man, the one created according to God's likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.
Paul assumed that these believers heard about Christ and they learned of Him and the ways He demanded of them. They changed because of the spiritual renewal Christ caused in their life. If Paul did not see or hear evidence of this change he could assume they really never obeyed the gospel message. He expected an alteration in their lives if Christ had been acknowledged as Lord. Is your life different than those who do not claim to have a relationship with Christ? It certainly should demonstrate some evidence of spiritual renewal.
3. Being Different Includes Being . . Sanctified In Lifestyle. 4:25-29
A. Being Sanctified May Include Being . . Angry. 4:25-26
25 Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. 26 Be angry and do not sin. Don't let the sun go down on your anger,
B. Being Sanctified Will Include A Lifestyle . . Adjustment 4:27-29
27 and don't give the Devil an opportunity. 28 The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need. 29 No rotten talk should come from your mouth, but only what is good for the building up of someone in need, in order to give grace to those who hear.
How can we be angry and sin not? We can be, and should be, angry at sin. If we express our anger in a Christian manner then we will be angry and still not sin. Suppose you are accused of lying and you know you did not do it. You could express your anger and do it in a manner of confidence that convinces others you are telling the truth. Now if your manner before Christ was known to be hostile to, righteousness, and Christ’s gift of salvation made a very prominent adjustment, the sanctification He caused will be demonstrated. His sanctification will cause a lifestyle adjustment.
4. Being Different Includes Being . . Sealed By The Holy Spirit. 4:30-32
A. We are Sealed By The Holy Spirit So Don’t Have A . . Grief-Causing Lifestyle. 4:30
30 And don't grieve God's Holy Spirit, who sealed you for the day of redemption.
B We are Sealed By The Holy Spirit So Don’t Have A . . Gainsaying Lifestyle. 4:31-32
31 All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all
wickedness. 32 And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also
forgave you in Christ. HCSB
The ministry of the Holy Spirit prompts righteousness, and causes conviction when we do not obey. Our disobedience also causes the Holy Spirit to be grieved. Thirty years ago I remember my oldest daughter wanting to go with some children from church to a store that sold alcoholic beverages. I did not approve and she knew it. But she asked if she could go. I told her I was going to help her make choices on her own, so I said to her you can do what you think is best. She almost immediately said, “Then I am going with the kids.” That really hurt me, as I expected her to do as I wanted. That may be similar to Christians grieving the Spirit. We may have a gainsaying lifestyle that grieves the Spirit. We need to follow the Spirit’s lead as He guides us in Being Different. Amen? Amen!