After all that he had explained about God’s work in their lives, Paul wanted the Ephesians believers to stop acting like people who had not been changed by God.
Read Ephesians 4:17-19.
Paul started with the word “so.” That means that he was referring to the things he had already said. Since God had done so many wonderful things for them, they should no longer live like those who do not know the Lord. People who do not know the Lord live badly: (1) They live in the futility of their mind. Futility describes something which is empty. Their lives are empty of anything that God wants. So, they live with no good purpose. (2) They live with a darkened understanding. In 2 Corinthians 4:4, Paul says that Satan has blinded the minds of those who do not believe. That’s why so many people do not believe in Jesus. (3) They live without knowing the life of God. Because they do not believe, they are ignorant of the wonderful life God has given to all who believe. (4) They live with a hard heart and keep getting more calloused toward God. A callous on the bottom of your foot protects your soft skin from getting damaged. But a callous on your heart keeps you from understanding what God says and keeps you from wanting to do what he says. (5) They live sensual lives. This means that they do whatever feels good (sensual) to them even if it is impure and greedy. This is not the way that a Christian should live.
- Why did Paul start with the word “so”?
- How do those who do not know the Lord live?
a. They live ______________________________________.
b. They live ______________________________________.
c. They live ______________________________________.
d. They live ______________________________________.
e. They live ______________________________________.
- True or False: God does not care how we live our lives.