Maintain the Unity of the Spirit. The Psalmist faces incredible opposition and the reality of righteous anger. Scripture: Ephesians 4:1–6. We find that Paul is not precisely offering us a command. But the principle here laid down applies equally to mankind in general. 17Now 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 as profound as the difference between alienation and adoption and are as astonishing as a dead heart beginning to feel, dead eyes beginning to see and dead hands galvanised into action. If God hates and punishes lying so severely, how great will be His hatred of perjury, which is lying confirmed by oath! The next kind of lying is that lying for lying's sake, which we find sadly prevalent among certain individuals and certain nations. This series is called, ‘His Glorious Grace’, because Paul sees, and longs for us to see, the grace of God at work everywhere and in everything. II. 26Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil. and put your trust in the Lord. "Oh!" It acknowledges mistakes out of a spirit of fairness. The membership of that church was primarily Gentile. Ah! (1) Christians ought to be truthful in ordinary conversation, on the most trivial as well as on the most solemn occasions, because if a strict veracity is not maintained in the unguarded moments of life, it seldom remains long unshaken under a stress of temptation. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. says someone, "the deception that I practise is so small it don't amount to anything." He will tell you that a Calvinist believes that God made some men just to damn them. At Home Worship & Study | Ephesians 4:25–5:2. Believers are those who have moved from animosity to admiration towards Christ; who have moved from alienation to affection for God and who no longer wallow in apathy, but are instead spurred towards action. We are called to cease with falsehood and instead speak the truth. 4Be angry, and do not sin; Bear in mind what putting away falsehood really means. - "Take ye heed every one of his neighbor, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbor will walk with slanders. Paul exhorts, ‘Do not walk as the Gentiles do’. We are provided strength that we may move from apathy to action (Ephesians 4:17, 22 and 23). New Life: Old Off, New On from Ephesians 4:17–24. We consider each in turn. Be Careful: Children & Parents from Ephesians 6:1–4. They say they will come on Wednesday; they do not come until Saturday. This again demonstrates what it looks like to put off the old self and instead put on the new self. There is truth of character, which is opposed to insincerity. The customer says: "Are these all silk?" With this great revelation, animosity was miraculously overwhelmed with admiration. The Mutual Dependence of Christians on One Another Forbids Falsehood, The Virtues Which have Truthfulness for Their Basis, The Abjured and the Enjoined in Christian Life, The virtues which have truthfulness for their basis, The mutual dependence of Christians on one another forbids falsehood. "It is five dollars." This is not quite what is happening here. These are the chief cases in which some have thought falsehood allowable, or at least excusable. Ephesians 4:25-32 - THINK. Easter sermon. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to … Paul recognises that unrestrained anger is the gateway to much sin. Selah In short, there is a large region on the confines between truth and falsehood which requires some vigilance on our parts. As such, we are called to pursue righteousness. We are called to live, walk and work in a way which displays the character and nature of God, and affirms the work of the Holy Spirit of God. Ephésiens 5:21-33 Hommes et femmes dans l'église (4) Ce matin nous allons regarder un passage dans l'épitre de Paul aux Ephésiens. Paul puts this sin first, because as we have seen time and time again in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, telling the truth, speaking the truth, and focusing on the truth is of primary importance. The story is told of a little boy who went to the funeral of an atheist. It admits the weight of what makes against ourselves and confesses this with readiness. The second command and exhortation go hand-in-hand. Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” We must walk a different kind of walk because we have and are required to continue putting off the old self and to continue to put on the new self. How much of society is insincere! I PASS ON TO SPEAK OF MECHANICAL FALSEHOODS. As Christians, we need to take inventory of our anger: on TV, at work, in the home. The truth is that there are certain circumstances when it is right to feel anger because God himself feels anger. Much needs not to be said concerning that sort of lying, which yet is of all others the most generally practised; namely, those mean ways of deceiving and over-reaching one another, which are so frequently used in traffic and bargaining. However, we must also recognise that the tendency of our culture is to relativise everything and blur the distinction between right and wrong. Truth is the cement of society. Thus it would be equally unnatural, by the very law of their union, as members one of another, that believers should deceive one another by falsehood. It describes a state or frame of mind, a character of the inner man, peculiar to the real Christian, the true believer. I. 1. 4. 2. Now Paul addresses other kinds of speech, Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths. Sermon de Noël : Une place pour Jésus (Luc 2:1-7) Ephésiens. And connected with this — is the heinous iniquity of what are called "pious frauds," where a religious system is propped up by deceit of any kind, false miracles, false legends, and the like. Words have power to destroy reputations, to discourage and to break the hearts of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. His most favourable biographers have defended him on the ground that he told no lies, and that being in the midst of dangerous plotters, he was unable to save himself or his cause in any other way. (1) to that God the Father who is "a God of truth" (Deuteronomy 32:4), who "is not a man that he should lie" (Numbers 23:19), who gave oath and promise as "the two immutable things, in which it is impossible that God should lie" (Hebrews 6:18); (2) to that Savior who is the Truth as well as the Life - "the faithful and true Witness" -having "no guile found in his mouth;". It is as much a misfortune as a fault, and is to be met by strengthening the moral character generally, and by seeking to bring out in the disposition all those habits of self-respect, which, under the Divine blessing, give dignity to man. He who speaks the truth from worldly motives is only careful about that which the world censures, and in cases where the conventional morality of society allows of false vows and protestations, has no feeling about these; but the true Christian, while he is not over-scrupulous about trifles, has a conscience which ever announces the approach of fraud, for he is stayed on God, who is the immutable Truth, who cannot be deceived. For us to live differently is to deny who we are made to be. Paul reminds us that our context, as the church, demands that we so behave. This is the special sin of some weak natures, and belongs rather to cowardice of character than to actual deceit. And this trusting leads to profound joy. Sermon. The gospel effects and demands transformation in equal measure. I was reading this morning of a lady who said she had told her last fashionable lie. Walking in the Light from Ephesians 5:3–14. you say, "when I deceive, it is only about a case of needles, or a box of buttons, or a row of pins." Remember that the devil is the father of liars (John 8:44), and that "whosoever loveth and maketh a lie" shall not enter the heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 22:15). II. Corn shocks never make false assignments. THE SOCIAL DUTY. First, the merchant insulted God; and secondly, he picked his own pocket. We pass on next to the faults of character opposed to "simplicity." A duke gave it to their grandfather. 3. Paul now follows this initial series of exhortations with an exhortation which acts as a counterpoint, And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God…. Unity & Diversity: To Maturity from Ephesians 4:13–16. Theft was considered to be a most heinous crime in the context of both the Old Testament and First Century Hellenised society. Or worst still, we present falsehood as a virtue where the truth might hurt another. (4) It prepares the way for further demoralization of character. They decry their most luxuriant entertainment to win a shower of approval from you. FIRST OF ALL, I SPEAK OF AGRICULTURAL FALSEHOODS. 5. © Copyright 2020. There is a test here for each of us. As members one of another, you should have no secrets to keep from one another. 29Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord," saith Solomon (Proverbs 12:22; and Proverbs 6:16. I. Most of such insincere professions are the refuges of selfishness ashamed to come to the light and putting on the forms of goodwill. We mention next, as closely bordering on the vice of character already named, "insincerity," especially in professions of regard and in the bestowment of praise. 18They 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. Does the way in which we speak bring grace to others? Thus a merchant who has no capital makes a false impression on others in regard to his pecuniary ability, that he may obtain a loan of money; or a sciolist pretends to have learning, when he is ignorant; or a libertine to be moral when he is immoral; or a hypocrite in religion to be a believer or a good man when he is neither. Rather we are to speak to one another in ways which encourages, build up and display the grace and mercy of Christ Jesus. I. For this makes him look, as he truly is, most glorious. 1. This sin of lying tends in its own nature to the destruction of all civil society. Now they who think a lie, properly so called, to be in several cases lawful; consider truth merely as a civil compact. Yes, we are to put off the old self, the old nature, but we are also commanded to put on the new self, the new nature. 1. We are to put away all falsehood. Ephesians 4:25-27 she said. (3) and to that Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17), and has given us the Scriptures of truth. But God, intervened and, in Christ Jesus, established peace (Ephesians 2:13-22). EPHESIANS 4:25-32 – THE GOSPEL RESPONSE. Read More. "Yes; and she died in great anguish of mind. Nothing but the presence of the Blessed Truth, which is Christ Himself, in the heart, can give that pellucid and crystal soul which will bear the light at every angle. We have no more right to deceive our neighbor than we have a right to defraud him. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are members of one another. When faced with cruelty, injustice, calamity, abuse and murder, it is right that we feel an emotional response. From hence it follows, that, since when a man has forfeited or voluntarily receded from his right to anything, it may without injustice be withheld from him; in such cases as those, according to this notion, a lie will seem to be no longer blameworthy.But now that we are, on the contrary, really under an obligation to truth, distinct from, and independent on that of mere justice, may appear from the following considerations. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus, located in Asian Minor (modern day Turkey). 19They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. Therefore truth is what every man has a right to expect and desire from another. FIND NOTES ON EPH 4:17. As such, he anticipates those of us who believe have already (and are already) putting away all falsehood. It is important that we recognise that there is a way of speaking which does great harm. The anger, then, must be sinful when its effects are hellish, as when it breaks out in clamour and evil speaking (Ephesians 4:31). 2. Social life is struck through with insincerity. VI. We live for him because his Spirit is at work in our lives, motivating, compelling and empowering. 4. It is the characteristic mark of a citizen of Zion that he will not take up a report against his neighbor (Psalm 15:3). We are called to work and walk in love. Another of the truthful virtues is "candour," which partakes of the nature also of justice. Sep 17, 1995. (2) It is a breach of the golden rule that we should do to others as we would have them do to us. There is truth as opposed to falsehood, which is an express intention to deceive. I PASS ON TO SPEAK OF SOCIAL LIES. Read Ephesians 4:25-32. Lying is very detrimental to human society. There are just as many falsehoods before the counter as there are behind the counter. Promises to men stand on the same footing with vows to God. But believers are a divinely constituted, a divinely created corporation. Sermon Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2 Had Any Good Church Fights Lately? The last and most venial form of falsehood consists in those slight inaccuracies which slip out in the haste and thoughtlessness of conversation. Rather, Paul’s assumption is that, as believers, we have already put off the old self and are putting on the new self. Let them not tolerate liars in their society (Psalm ca. But, while the tendency of agricultural life is to make one honest, honesty is not the characteristic of all who come to the city markets from the country districts. It is right that we respond with anger towards sin, suffering and death. (2) Truth must be maintained in bearing testimony. We must be a people characterised by our honesty. I am speaking now of those who promise to do that which they know they will not be able to do. It is contrary to the nature and use of language, and the purpose of God Himself in giving us the organs of speech. We know anger is everywhere and all us of have probably seen or heard an angry scene this week. It is not enough to simply stop lying. Series Summary: Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, which reads like a prayerful, doxological sermon, paints a lofty vision of God’s sovereign grace through Christ that transforms the church. This is how our culture is able to distinguish between the lie and the white lie. Starting in April 2020, Ephesians: Grace to You is Pastor Tony’s primary sermon series. They say they will have the job done in ten days; they do not get it done before thirty. Note that Paul presents us two apparent imperatives, ‘Be angry’ and ‘do not sin’. To these, the persons I am speaking of, conceive, we are not obliged to speak the truth; not because they have no right to truth, or have lost that right by any forfeiture, but because they are not capable of receiving and judging of it; so that because they are not come to a full use of their reason and judgment. Then the merchant told the truth. This means our money must derive from honest work. And —. In this sense, Psalm 4 is incredibly helpful. That our obligation to truth is distinct from that of merely not injuring our neighbour, appears further from this consideration, that in our notion of the supreme and most perfect Being, veracity and justice are two distinct perfections or attributes.It remains that after what has been said, I make a practical observation or two, and so conclude. John Piper Nov 8, 1992 38 Shares Sermon. And the connection is natural. Donning the New Self 4:25-27. by Chester McCalley. The citizen of Zion "speaketh the truth in his heart" (Psalm 15:2). "A false witness speaketh lies" (Proverbs 6:19), and thus "soweth discord among brethren." 1. There is one body, etc. The condition and the precept are closely connected. 7. It is easy to be altogether dismissive of such a command as everyone would agree that lying and falsehood is wrong. A Calvinist believes no such thing. Ephesians 4:25-32. St. maintains that you may not say what is untrue, even if that untruth were to save a friend's life, because your friend's temporal life is less valuable than your own eternal life forfeited by the lie. So far, generally, the connection here indicated is clear enough. The gospel’s effects are as dramatic as the disjunction between death and life. Such are the effects of a lie! Many of strong imagination unconsciously colour facts which in other respects they rightly describe. We miss everyone and look forward to the day we can all worship together again in person as the body of Christ. If a lie were not a foul blot in a man, why are even bad men so cautious not to be caught in a lie? This word denoted at first the quality of being unfolded, as contrasted with that which was folded together, and so simplicity in a moral sense and duplicity are moral opposites. We are to move from apathy to action. 2. It often arises from the injudicious severity of parents, and the rough discipline of a public school, or from that feeble temperament which never should have been sent there. Ephesians 4:25 – 5:2. 7You have put more joy in my heart Again, the health of the body of Christ and the good of the church is in view. Firwood Church,300 Middleton Road,Westwood,Oldham, OL9 6JH How Christ Enables the Church to Upbuild Itself in Love. Yet even here the same law of distinction comes in, which is the more valuable — this world or the next? A more excusable form is that lying which comes from fear of offending those we live with. 5Offer right sacrifices, But if we possess a full capacity of action, our duty is to fulfill our engagement. Anger. The last case, wherein falsehood has been by many thought justifiable, is when some public benefit is thereby promoted; in which case they fancy they may presume upon men's consent, that they are willing to be deceived; that they would give up their right by which they might exact truth of us, did they know the reasons that moved us to deceive them. C'est le dernier message dans notre série "Hommes et … August 11, 2012 August 13, 2012 Martha Spong (A sermon for the 11th Sunday after Pentecost B–August 12, 2012–Ephesians 4:25-5:2) It’s a Sufi saying: Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates. from The Cross Loganville PRO . But some insincere ways of making another believe that you are his friend are not so obviously wicked as this. For the believer this is especially true because the Church of Jesus Christ is the locus of this gracious activity of God. Ephesians 4:25, ESV: "Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another." On small income we want the world to believe we are affluent, and society today is struck through with cheat, and counterfeit, and sham. 1. 1. Paul urges us to live in accordance with this. This, then, is the great exhortation for the believer. 25Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. This letter to the Ephesians reminds us that we are children, not only of our parents, but of God. The Psalmist recognises that the solution to injustice is to trust in God. 32Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Paul is commanding the church to live as Christians. Firwood Church: God by his Spirit is at work in the church this very morning. The article may be so small you can put it in your vest pocket; but the sin is as big as the Pyramids, and the echo of your dishonour will reverberate through the mountains of eternity. It is what is called "cant"; a word which denotes the aping of others in expressions of feeling and opinion, by the use of set, stereotyped words which pass current in a certain circle of religion, fashion, or taste. The second way of understanding this verse is that Paul is, rather, making a statement, almost as if Paul is saying, ‘If you are angry, be angry…’ The NIV translators capture this subtly. The gold of the wheat fields is never counterfeit. V. I PASS ON TO SPEAK OF ECCLESIASTICAL LIES, those which are told for the advancement or retarding of a Church or sect. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ephesians 4:25-28. "Oh!" 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