Today’s message focuses on killing sin and putting on Christ. In it we will look at the spiritual discipline of taking off the old man and putting on the new man:
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ! - assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:17-24
Paul ties this passage to the one prior that used the word “walk.” Note verses 1 and 17:
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds.
As we move though this chapter, Paul links today’s subject with the purpose of gifts in the first 16 verses. So, Paul wants us to walk worthy of our calling, and he does not want us to walk like a Gentile. The biggest obstacle to using our gifts in the body is sin. Since every spiritual gift given to the church is packaged inside a sinner, the topic this morning is relevant to everyone who desires to use the gift(s) God has given them.