The Blessing of a Changed Behavior
Book of Ephesians 4:25-5:2
As Christians we must have a complete understanding of “sin”.
**Sin is any transgression of the Word of God. In other words, if God said don’t do it, then don’t do it!
Joh 15:24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
God gave the world the Mosaic Laws, so all humans could begin to understand “Sin”!
Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
In America it is popular now to remove the Ten Commandments of God!
We live in a nation where half of the citizens do not want laws and do not want law enforcers and much of the world is the same.
**Sin is a failure to conform to the standard of God!
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
This involves the sins of commission but also the sins of omission.
Rom 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
Jas_4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
**Sin is a principle within us all!
Rom 7:14 For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
**Sin is rebellion against Jehovah God!
1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
As sin has grown significantly, it is also one of the signs that we are in the last days!
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
There may not be another Scripture that describes this world we live now, than this one!
**Sin is the wrongful act against God but also against mankind.
Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Exo 20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
Exo 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Exo 20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15 Thou shalt not steal.
Exo 20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
Exo 20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
****Sin is the thing that God simply will not tolerate!
*****Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Eph 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
We ended last week’s lesson we ended with Verse 24, but this is to be the dress code for all those who have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior!
If we are not dressed right, we certainly cannot do right!
Lying is untruthfulness, deception, and yes, even exaggeration is lying.
Why must we always speak the truth, because as believers, we are a member of the Body of Christ, God’s building material He uses to build His church.
We are members one of another and “all deception hinders the work of the church”!
Lying can become a habit because lying is the sin of the Devil.
Lying defiles, us:
Mat 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Mat 15:20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
We should understand that God hates the liar and the worst of lies are those that are confirmed by an oath!
Those that lie are saying they are in the family of Satan!
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
We could say that lying is spiritual suicide, because we are denying the new creation God has given to us!
*****Eph 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Eph 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Unjustified anger is clearly wrong and clearly sin!
There may be times when anger is justified but when that time comes we must still avoid sin!
Justified anger is never selfish, nor does it seek destruction, justified anger will seek a remedy.
Rom 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Rom 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Anger can cause us to lash out at others to cause them harm and it is sin.
Anger that broods and harbors malice, will not forget, and seeks revenge, is sinful.
Anger that holds contempt and exalts your own pride, is sinful!
Pro 21:24 Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
Anger that seeks to destroy another person in any way, is sin.
Anger that curses, is sin.
Anger can cause hurt feelings between those we are the closest to. Such as husband and wife, or brother and sister, or our best friends. Those hurt feelings can linger for a great amount of time and even damage what was once a very good relationship.
Those that are the strongest in their relationships can rule their spirit!
Pro 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
It is foolish to hold onto our anger at any time.
Ecc 7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
And God says: “let not the sun go down upon your wrath”.
Angry passion, is a fire that will burn down deep into the soul, if it is not soon quenched.
The longer anger simmers and stews in your heart the angrier you will become!
We will certainly be much better off if when we are already angry to not confront someone else who is angry!
We are fools if we do not know that Satan is doing his best to be the master of all mankind!
He studies our character. When we least expect it, he will try to interfere in our Christian lives. Anger is a place he can slip in unnoticed!
We must continuously resist the Devil and never let our guard down, even when we are angry.
Pro 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
It is always better to get over our anger and move on!
In fact, if we want to be angry then let’s get angry at sin and do our best to lead every sinner outside the church to the Lord!
*****Eph 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.
That word “steal” means not only to take and carry away the things of others, but it means to cheat people wrongfully, legally or illegally.
Pro 20:14 It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
Pro 21:6 The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
Pro 21:7 The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
Those who commit theft directly.
Those who cheat in measures, weight, “quality” and “value” of goods and services.
Those who gain by unjust lawsuits, including unjust judges.
Those who contract debt and those who declare to be bankrupt dishonestly.
Those who charge illegal interest on items or loans.
What about those workers who take pay with doing any work.
What about those who allow damage that could have been stopped.
What about those beggars on the side of the road who are not what they appear to be.
There are many others who take from others in various ways!
The Bible teaches that any of these actions are sin not only against those people but most importantly, against God.
But there are also those who steal from God in various ways and one is in tithes and offerings.
Mal_3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
We also rob God when we do not worship Him in spirit and in truth! This is a commandment!
Joh_4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh_4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him “must” worship him in spirit and in truth.
We can call these things whatever we wish but God calls it stealing and all stealing is sin!
Fact: God has put within this earth enough resources to meet the needs of His people!
Fact: God has given mankind the ability to have dominion over this earth!
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Fact: Those who sincerely want a job can find a job!
Fact: God has given mankind the ability to develop the technology to control nature enough to explore this universe. Not searching for Aliens or other life but to improve things upon this earth!
Fact: mankind could feed, clothe, and house everyone upon this earth and it would be possible, if certain ones did not hoard the riches of this earth!
What’s God answer? Those that stole, steal no more!
It is just that simple! If the theft of the riches of this world would stop. If those who had riches would give to those who are in need this world would be a much better place. If this world would then acknowledge the Word of God as the truth, it would be as if the curse has been lifted.
Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
God intends for those who have, to help those who have not, and God intends for His message to be broadcast throughout this world!
We live in a selfish world and this must end!
1Jn 3:17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
Fact: we still do not know how to communicate properly!
*****Eph 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.
That word corrupt means, rotten, foul, and polluting in fact worthless may be the best description.
Psa 52:2 Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.
Psa 52:3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
Psa 52:4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.
We could take most of the words used today as used in a worthless manner!
Psa 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.
We can also add cursing and unholy talk, as a worthless use of words.
Rom 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Words are used as an act or to forward a cause and if that cause is useless then, those words should not have been said.
Pro 6:16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
Pro 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
Pro 6:18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
Pro 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
We should be careful that the words we say make a productive message to those who are listening!
God’s answer is to speak those things that are good, those things that build up each other and especially the Christian, those thing that minister “Grace” to one another. Those words that prove we have been influenced from a power on high and above all this world.
Jesus Christ is still our example even in this. Remember the Lord Jesus never had even one sin!
Isa 50:4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Isa 50:5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
We already know that as Christians we have the gift of the Holy Spirit who lives within us and if we go against any part of the Word of God we will certainly “grieve” the Holy Spirit.
Being a part in any of these things mentioned in this passage, will cause “grief” to the Holy Spirit.
*****Eph 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
This passage is a very clear proof of the personality of the Holy Spirit of God. He can be “grieved”!
This passage is also clear proof that the Holy Spirit is truly connected to each believer!
The Holy Spirit has the same character of God because He is God!
We should understand the pre-flood days, where God used these words.
Gen 6:3 “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man”, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
We should understand the time of the Jews 40-year journey.
Psa 78:40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
Psa 78:41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
It should be very clear that when we “grieve” the Holy Spirit we certainly limit the blessings of God!
As Christians, we certainly grieve the Holy Spirit when we participate in anything contrary to His divine nature!
We have another very real reason we should not grieve the Holy Spirit because, He has sealed us unto the day of “redemption”!
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
These are valuable lessons for us all to learn.
*****Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Eph 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
We are to be in total control of our temper.
We are to forever cherish each other as God’s creatures having the same purpose, to acknowledge our Creator.
Those that do not, are not all our enemies! They are of that group of people we are seek out to tell them about a loving God who cares for them also!
Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
No doubt there are many who will show themselves to be the enemies of God, but God still loves them and if it be possible to reach them with the “Gospel” we owe them that opportunity!
Mat 5:46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
The word “kindness” comes from the word kinned which means one of the same, reminding us of the fact that we are all brethren in the sense of all being God’s creation!
To be tenderhearted, is to show compassion, mercy, and understanding.
To be forgiving, means to show the same “grace” to them as the “grace” God has shown to you.
Being able to pardon them for anything they have done!
Col 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
When we refuse to do these things, we are showing God that we are still disobedient children!
*****Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
What must be our goal? To imitate the characteristics of the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of the Bible.
To be truly at peace with God we must strive to be like Him!
The Lord Jesus Christ was always giving of Himself even unto His death and He was always forgiving of others.
To follow God, we must attach ourselves to Him and never let go!
We must surrender and devote our life to God just as He devoted Himself to all believers.
Jesus Christ said: Mat 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Jesus Christ said:
Luk 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Luk 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
John wrote: 1Jn 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
God demanded: Lev 19:2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
Paul declared: 2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Peter wrote: 1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
These things leave us no doubt what the Lord is asking of us, in fact demanding of all those who are His children.
We must forgive and forget!
We must have that loving spirit and it show!
In fact, we must show all the fruit of the Holy Spirit!
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
We must walk in the love of the Lord Jesus Christ! We see very little love for humanity in our world today!
The Lord Jesus Christ did not just die for us, the Lord Jesus Christ took our place on that cross, He was our substitute!
There is no one else that exist who could have done this thing for us!
Notice here, that love is something we must wear as a garment, but we must also be clothed in humility to be a true child of God!
Love is also a pathway; the walk of love, will lead us directly to our Savior!
What is the greatest problem with this world ? The world says love, but that love must flow from our loving God or it is not true love!
Love must be a genuine product from a genuine God, only then will love take on it’s true meaning!
1Jn 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
The Christian life depends on love for one another with the same love that comes from God!