When God saves us, we undergo metamorphous becoming a new creature, putting aside the old man with its habits, thoughts, and behaviors and acquiring new habits, thoughts and behaviors that are more becoming a child of God. Ephesians 4 verses 17 through 32 itemize what needs to be replaced.

THE OLD MAN

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, (After salvation we are to be different from what we once were and from those around us. We are to have control over our mind and thoughts. Those that walk in the “vanity of their minds” allow their mind and thoughts to go about unrestrained.)

Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: (A hard heart is the result of turning away from and ignoring the check or voice of God.)

Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (When one is past feeling, they are past shame. Psalms 81:11-12 describes a people that refuse to hearken to the voice of God to the extent that he has turned them over to their selfish desires.)

Ephesians 4:20 But ye have not so learned Christ; (Christ was not our example in these actions. We didn’t learn how to behave this way from Jesus.)

Ephesians 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; (Conversation is also to say the way of life or how one carries themselves. In salvation we need to put off the conduct or way of life that we used to live, the old habits, ideas, and behaviors of the old man, to become a…)

THE NEW MAN

Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; (Begin to think about live from a new perspective, Isaiah 55:8-9 tell us that God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours, it is with God’s eyes that we begin to view the world.)

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (When we are born, we are made in Adam’s image (Genesis 5:3), when man was first created and when we get saved, God makes us in his image (Genesis 1:27). We are completely different.)

Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (The new man considers others, not only putting them first but speaking always with an obligation to always present the truth and be clear in our communication instead of leaving choice details to be determined by the hearer causing confusion.)

Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (It is ok to be angry, in fact we are going to be angry sometimes, but we can be so with out being carnal. When the new man becomes angry he is going to behave or react in a different manner than the old man would. By not letting the sun go down on our wrath, we are taking control over and care of the situation instead of the situation controlling us.)

Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil. (When we put the previous two scriptures and those following to practice, we are taking opportunities for the devil to work away. We are more careful to watch what is said and done and are more quick to resolve a situation before it gets out of hand, opening the door for the devil to take advantage.)

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (The new man is a hard worker not willing to mooch off of others, giving and assisting those that are less fortunate. He doesn’t have an attitude of all take and no give.)

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (All that is said should be for the good offering encouragement, grace, strength, wisdom and not fluff or hurtful words.)

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. (If we are not faithful in the things that we have learned or feel a warning from God and don’t head it we will grieve the Holy Spirit. While we can grieve the Holy Spirit and still be saved, if we continue to cause grief we can loose our soul.)

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (The attributes that need to be discarded along with the old man when we receive salvation.)

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (The characteristics that we need to acquire along with the new man that we become after salvation.) KJV

As Christian’s let’s be careful to put off ALL of the old man and add ALL of the new man, God does not accept hybrids.

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