• equip the saints for the work of service
      • this speaks of setting things in order, "setting a bone or mending a net" - restoration to purpose - setting the army in order
        • we are not the spiritual quartermasters - we don’t hand out the equipment - we train, we organize, we recognize, we affirm, we set the pieces we are given on the board
    • to the building up of the Body - setting in order according to the plans God laid out - like a builder working from blueprints
      • until the attaining: These are the blueprints
        • of unity - unless the pieces are in the correct places the puzzle will not stay together
        • the knowledge of the Son - unless the pieces are in the correct place we cannot see the picture!
        • maturity - the full flower of our gifting and potential
        • the fullness of Christ - Jesus fully present on the earth through His bride
          • we’ve got our work cut out for us…. yikes!
  • Resulting in:
    • no longer children tossed about by every religious idea
    • speaking the truth in love
    • grow up into all aspects, dimensions, facets… of Jesus
    • Every piece where it belongs doing what it is supposed to be doing
    • each part giving to the others not serving ourselves but each other

The Christian’s Walk

 

17So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind,

  • Not walking as the world walks when it comes to the mind
    • futility - vanity and emptiness
    • that the mind be set on things that are eternal, worth while, seeking things with significance and impact

18being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart;

  • having a darkened mind -  fumbling around in the dark  UNABLE to see the light
  • life of God is connected to light and knowledge
    • John 1 - in him was life and that life was the light of men
  • They are excluded from the life of God - because of the ignorance
    • ignorance CAUSED by hardness of heart
    • they are purposefully ignorant

19and they, having become callous,have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.

  • Having become callous - having lost sensitivity or feeling.  They have gone numb
  • they are incapable of feeling guilt or shame…..or joy!
    • so they have given themselves over to sensuality just to feel something!
    • like an addict with increasing amounts of drug

20But you did not learn Christ in this way,

  • From pursuing sensuality
  • From being callous and numb

 

 21if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 

  • We came to Christ in repentance
    • Turning from one way and accepting another
    • Changing the way we think and feel about the world and ourselves
  • We came to Christ bowing to His way acknowledging His truth
  • We came to Christ responding the the Spirit of God not to our flesh

 

23and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

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 24and put on the new self, which in [the likeness of] God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

 

25Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE [of you] WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. 26BE ANGRY, AND [yet] DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,27and do not give the devil an opportunity. 28He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor,performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have [something] to share with one who hasneed. 29Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such [a word] as is good for edification according to the need [of the moment], so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

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