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Thoughts From Ephesians -thought # 32 How to Live Out Your New Identity Eph. 4:25-32 – Introduction

by Larry Miles

  In Eph. 4:25-32 Paul instructs us on how our  new life in Christ will reflect our  new spiritual identity.  He tells  us that we  must replace our old life habits with righteous and holy  habits– We will break this section in to 5 sections, plus this introductory lesson.

  1. Replace Lying With Truth-Telling (Eph. 4:25)
  2. Replace Unrighteous Anger With Righteous Anger (Eph. 4:26-27)
  3. Replace Stealing With working and Giving (Eph. 4:28)
  4. Replace Corrupt Talk with Edifying Talk (Eph. 4:29-30)
  5. Replace  Bitterness and Rage with Kindness and Forgiveness (Eph. 4:31-32)

     Introduction: This new lifestyle  in Christ requires us to change our living  drastically. We must replace sinful habits with righteous and holy  habits. We must  set our minds on the things above (Col. 3:1-3).   We must say no to the world and yes to God. We must want to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Peter 3:18).

     This section is  on how we change our  behavior and how that new behavior  helps us grow in Christ and how it helps us interact with the world and with our  fellow believers.  We must be found seeking to reach the lost and  strengthening the  saved.

     We  all come to the Lord Jesus on and individual basis but one we are in Christ we must act as a corporate body of Christians seeking to impact the world with the teaching of the Lord Jesus.  Our theology and  our practice must be the same. We must always live out our faith.


Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word & Work and attends Cherry St. Church of Christ in New Albany, IN.


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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

John 16:33