HOLINESS COMES IN PUTTING OFF THE OLD MAN
Paul preached the gospel of salvation to the Ephesians in all its fullness. When he spoke to the elders of this church in Acts 20, he reminded them that he kept back nothing that was profitable to them, but he showed them and taught them publicly and from house to house. He also preached to both Jews and Gentiles.
Now, Paul revisited the basics of the gospel that believers must not walk as unbelievers walk. Life without Christ is a life of vanity. As far as the intellect is concerned, all are equally endowed and can excel in earthly knowledge. However, life without God is destitute of understanding, and separates a person from life with God. The Apostle said that man’s understanding was “… darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance …” (Eph 4:18). Their heart was blinded and could not know God. Naturally, this condition bears its fruits as Paul stated in Ephesians 4:19: “Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” He told the Ephesians that that was not the way they ought to go because they had already learnt the doctrine of Christ.
The Ephesians had heard about Christ, and Paul had taught them. Any inquirer about the doctrine of Christ will be like Nicodemus of John 3. He had asked Jesus how a man could be born again when he was old. This was his simple question to Jesus. Also, the Samaritan woman in John 4 asked Jesus to give her water that she would not thirst again. The same was with the Philippian jailor in Acts 16 who asked with great fear, “… Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Each of them found the answer and was gloriously saved. Paul had given such answers to the Ephesians. He told them to forsake sin and to enter into newness of life as one puts off old clothes and puts on new ones.
THOUGHT: Everybody must be born again in order to see heaven.
PRAYER: Lord, may I always hold to the faith of my calling.