Today in the area of Plymouth, MA, the sermon covered Ephesians 4:17-30. With an emphasis on the first 3 verses.
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 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: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.Ephesians 4:17-30 KJV
But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. 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. 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. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.
- (v.17) the phrase “not as other Gentiles” shows that the church in Ephesus is not a completely Jewish church. After all, Paul was the messenger to the Gentiles.
- (v.18-19) These verses correlate with Romans 1:18-22
One quick point the pastor made that was worthwhile was the following: So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. – Romans 10:17
This scripture answers why American Christians are so dead in faith. We have a lack of faith due to the lack of hearing which comes from a lack of hearing God’s Word for us.
One more thing he said which made a lightbulb in my brain…
For our God is a consuming fire.Hebrews 12:29
If we are called to be Hot or Cold but not Lukewarm Christians… what does that mean? Well, my brain gave me a great explanation today. The world is dead with works and lustful things. What happens when something is dead? It is cold isn’t it? If God is a consuming fire, that would mean that when we are close to Him we are Hot. So lukewarm Christians are those who sit in a pew to warm it and check a box. Those who learn everything in Sunday school and church, but live in the world the rest of the week.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. –Revelation 3:16