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You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
8 But [de] now [nuni] ye [humeis] also [kai] put off [apotithemi] all these; [pas] anger, [orge] wrath, [thumos] malice, [kakia] blasphemy, [blasphemia] filthy communication [aischrologia] out of [ek] your [humon] mouth. [stoma]
9 Lie [pseudomai] not [me] one to another [eis], [allelon] seeing that ye have put off [apekduomai] the old [palaios] man [anthropos] with [sun] his [autos] deeds; [praxis]
10 And [kai] have put on [enduo] the new [neos] man, which [ho] is renewed [anakainoo] in [eis] knowledge [epignosis] after [kata] the image of him [eikon] that created [ktizo] him: [autos]KJV-Interlinear
now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive
speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to
one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on
the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of
the One who created him NASB
But now, identifies a
dramatic transition.A transition from
the old self to a new self.
When you were born
physically into this world, you entered into a transition from a nothing
existence, to human life.
The transition was
accompanied with a dramatic change in their respective existences.From nothing to something is dramatic and
should be obvious.And the change in
existence requires a change in ones pattern of life.That should be obvious.You cannot continue the lifestyle of a fetus,
in your life after being born.
Likewise, when you
first believed in Christ, then you were reborn. You experienced a rebirth,
accomplished by God, not you, and now you have yet another dramatic transition
from an old life (old self), to a new life (new self).
But still once you have
been saved, you retain a little of the old self (the old sin nature) within
In order to separate
yourself from that sin nature, God gave you the fellowship principle, wherein
you confess your sins on a regular and daily basis, in order to receive formal
forgiveness and restoration into fellowship.
Once in fellowship,
then you are in the spiritually functioning sphere which God designed for you.
The new self, is accomplish within this sphere, and comes through daily Bible
study, which is Christ, the written word.
Bible doctrine is the mind
of Christ.Truth is the thinking of
Christ.So, when you transfer doctrine
into your soul, then your thinking is transformed, and you take on His
character and mind set.A mind set of
truth and of a new self.
Being reborn demands a
new character and life, not a hanging on, to the character of the old self.
The sins listed here
(sins of the tongue), are a continuation of the sin list from verse five.This is not an exclusive list, but serves as
more examples of a much broader mental or overt attitude that can come from the
22 that, in reference
to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being
corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
23 and that you be
renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and put on the new
self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and
holiness of the truth. NASB
In order to accomplish
that completeness that Paul has already mentioned, then you need to change your
life s habits, and more specifically, change your thinking habits, which obviously
will change your beliefs, your motivations, your desires, your actions and so
The objective of the
spiritual life is to bring your life into conformance with Christ, and not with
You were born an empty
vessel, and your goal, actually Gods goal for you, is to advance you to a complete
status.And there is only one way to
accomplish that, which is through your daily study and application of the word
of God.This daily activity produces
knowledge and wisdom, called here epignosis, which is possessed knowledge, or
usable, or applicable wisdom, as opposed to simply
having a head filled up with facts and details.
You cannot sit back on
your backside and expect everything to come to you. It won t happen.There is still a component of responsibility contained
within the spiritual life.Neither can
you play both sides of life (carnal and spiritual) and expect to get by.
God never compromises
righteousness and justice, both of which combine to make holiness.And that is what is expected of you.Set aside the old self, the carnal self, the
carnal habits, the carnal lifestyle, and reinvent your life in conformity with
Gods standards, which is truth.
If you were broke,
would you work for nothing?No.How else could you pay your bills or even be
responsible in life?
Pursue lies and you
will lose.Pursue truth and you will
win.The difference, between the rewards
of truth and lies, is infinite.And the
reward is your paycheck for pursuing whichever lifestyle you choose.
destitution is always your choice.The
fool of course will choose the latter.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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