How to be a real Christian!
Should you take a trip to Turkey, you could walk
through the ruins of the old restored city of Ephesus. On our trip
to the Greek Islands years ago, we were delighted to be able to take a
tour of the streets of ancient Ephesus. We actually stood in the
spot where Paul addressed a crowd at the arena and was run out of town
by the idol makers. We were able to walk through the short tunnel
where Paul fled to the harbor to escape the angry mob. But this
city had a greater message than what happened to Paul, it is a book
about new gentile Christians who needed instructions on how God expected
them to behave.
Ephesians...A BOOK WRITTEN TO
THE CONVERTED OF EPHESUS
It was here in Ephesus that Paul addressed newly
converted gentiles and taught them the precepts of real Christianity.
If you are newly converted or just want to make some positive changes in
your life by following the real precepts of Christianity, this is a good
place to start. This is the behavior God expects. Passover
is not far away, and this is a good place to examine ourselves and make
changes in our life for the better.
PAUL'S INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO BE A REAL CHRISTIAN
Our notes on word meanings are
there to clarify.
22 That ye put off concerning
the former conversation (conduct) the old
man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the
spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new
man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
25 Wherefore putting away
lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one
26 Be ye angry, and sin not:
let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the
28 Let him that stole steal
no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing
which is good, that he may have to give to him that needs.
29 Let no corrupt
communication (foul or abusive language)
proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying
(building up), that it may minister grace
unto the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy
Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and
wrath, and anger, and clamor (shout angrily,
outbursts), and evil speaking (blasphemies)
be put away from you, with all malice (doing evil
32 And be ye kind one to
another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's
sake hath forgiven you.
MORE ON HOW TRUE CHRISTIANS SHOULD BEHAVE.
Paul continues in his instructions for real Christians.
5 Be ye therefore followers
of God, as dear children;
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 sweet-smelling savor.
3 But fornication
(sexual sin), and all uncleanness
(impurity), or covetousness
(greed), let it not be once named among
you, as becomes saints;
4 Neither filthiness
(obscene, obscenity, indecent or smutty),
nor foolish talking (flippant), nor jesting
(nasty or vulgar talk), which are not
convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no
whoremonger (immoral person), nor unclean
person , nor covetous (greedy)
man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ
and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with
vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the
children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore
partakers with them.
8 For ye were sometimes
darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the
Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable
unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship
with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
This is not a review of the whole book, it
is short, only 6 chapters, but we will do a whole article on chapter 6
along sometimes. When you read the Bible, slow down, look at what
it says, compare it with other scriptures to get a fuller understanding.
And use context to get a broader view of the subject. Don't go by
what you have been told that it says, tradition negates truth.