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“New Life in Christ” An Exegetical Paper on Ephesians 4:25-32 By Ruth Bryan Interpreting the Bible Dr. Ray Franklin Spring 2008 1
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Ephesians 4:25-32: Paul gives an explanation of the new self which Christians are to take on, and examples of the Christian life. I. Paul gives instruction regarding the speech of Christians (4:25, 29). A. Paul states that Christians must cease their lying and only speak the truth about those around them. (v. 25) B. Paul says that part of the new life is to only speak what will encourage others, and benefit them (v. 29)
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II. Paul gives specific direction regarding anger in the Christian life (4:26-27, 31). A. Paul exhorts us not to sin in anger (v. 26a) B. Paul tells us not to let anger fester in our hearts. (v. 26b) C. Paul says that we should not create a space in our lives for the devil to sneak in. (v.27) D. Paul lists specific emotions and actions to guard against. (v. 31) III. Paul gives instruction regarding those who steal. (4: 28). A. Paul states the thieves must cease to steal. (v. 28a) B. Paul tells us that the former thieves must work with their hands. (v. 28a) C. Paul implies that they must give something to the needy. (v. 28b) IV. Paul says not to grieve the Holy Spirit. (4:30). A. Paul exhorts us not to grieve the Holy Spirit. (v. 30a) B. Paul says that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit. (v. 30b) V. Paul gives instruction as to interaction with other Christians. (4:32). A. Paul writes that Christians should have a kind and compassionate attitude towards one another. (v. 32a) B. Paul says Christians should forgive each other as God forgave us. (v. 32b) 3
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VI. Introduction VII. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he provides specific ways in which Christians are supposed to spend their lives, and gives many guidelines that apply both in New Testament times and to the contemporary audience. The heart of Paul’s letter lies in relationships, believer to believer, believer to non-believer, and believer to God. Paul explains how Christians should be different from the Gentiles and their lives should be markers of their faith. This essay will examine Ephesians 4:25-32 and provide an in-depth look at the new life described in the previous passage. Paul exhorts Christians regarding their speech, the way they handle anger, their interactions among themselves and others, and stealing. VIII. Historical Context The Book of Ephesians is a letter written from the Apostle Paul, during his imprisonment in a Roman prison, to the believers at Ephesus. In New Testament times Ephesus was one of the major port cities of Greece located 4 miles from the Aegean Sea, and at the intersections of two major trade routes in what is now known as Western Turkey. The population of Ephesus was between 200,000-500,000 people which constituted a large city during for that historical period (Arnold, 301). Their major economic staple was trade because of the large amounts of silver and artifact manufacturing that resulted from the tourism attracted by the religious elements of the
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