Living the Family Unity! Eph. 4:17 – 5:21 Modeling 4:17-24 Maturing 4:25-5:2 Motivating 5:3-21 Oct. 4, 2009 Modeling Take off the grave clothes, and put on the grace clothes. Ephesians 4:17-24 Clothing Theme • Adam and Eve in Gen. 3:21 • Change from slave clothes with new clothes from the Egyptians Ex. 12:35 • Wash clothes before receiving the 10 Commandments Ex. 19:10 • Priestly Garments Ex. 28; Lev. 6 Messianic Prophecy I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isa 61:10) Baptism You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Gal 3:26-27) Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12) Modeling Take off the grave clothes, and put on the grace clothes. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; (Eph 4:22-23) Grave Clothes 4:17-19 • Gentile living • Lost sensitivity • Futile thinking • Sensual impurity • Darkened • Continual lust understanding • Deceitful desires (22) • Hardened hearts • Separated from the life of God Grace Clothes 20-24 • Created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness • So how do you dress like this? – through knowing Christ v. 20 Knowing Christ 20-21 • Heard of Him • Taught in Him • Learn Christ • In accordance with the truth that is in Jesus • Consider John 14:6; 5:39-40 • 2 Cor. 3:7 – 4:18 • Model Christ The Cure for Lukewarmness New Clothes Rev. 3:14-21 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
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