|Ye Have Not So Learned Christ|
|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Tuesday, 19 March 2013 08:59|
"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..." - Ephesians 4:20-22
Notice the Biblical order of things. First, a sinner has 'heard Him' and has been 'taught by Him.' This language pertains to the new birth which is a call to life by the very 'voice' of Christ (See John 5:25). During this instantaneous call, the laws of God are written upon the very heart of the sinner, in essence being 'taught by Him' (See Hebrews 8:10). After this, it is the job of the ministry to exhort the changed sinner to a life of conformity to God's word, in essence putting off the 'old man' (former behavior) and putting on the 'new man' (behavior in accord with the new nature now given). The first was accomplished solely by Christ. The second is an act of obedience - a choice made by a living sinner - through the power of Christ. That this is the correct order of things is summed as 'the truth in Christ.' This is reality.
If you mourn your sins and believe in Christ, you are spiritually alive. Your duty now is to forsake your former lifestyle and pursue a life reflecting the life of your Savior.
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