Mountain brooks are always current. They are not isolated from one another, and independent of one another. In other words, a lie by multiplication becomes a virtue. (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. It is important that we recognise that there is a way of speaking which does great harm. They say they will come on Wednesday; they do not come until Saturday. Is he getting more? For the believer this is especially true because the Church of Jesus Christ is the locus of this gracious activity of God. We are called to please him, not grieve him. 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. 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. This is not quite what is happening here. This is the beginning of the domestication of sin which, in reality, is not possible. 7. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Firwood Church,300 Middleton Road,Westwood,Oldham, OL9 6JH If God hates and punishes lying so severely, how great will be His hatred of perjury, which is lying confirmed by oath! To get text updates and links to the sermon, text "thecross" to 1-877-706-2767. 17 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. Paul exhorts us not to live like that. 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. When used in reference to our purposes it denotes that two motives, as self-interest and goodwill, are not mixed in producing the same act, or that we aim at truth rather than at impression. Paul reminds us that our context, as the church, demands that we so behave. It tends to make society impossible, for society only exists through the trust that man exercises in man. We are called to love, we are called to draw close and we are called to act because God has made all of this possible in Christ Jesus. Easter sermon. (2) Truth must be maintained in bearing testimony. III. 20But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 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. God, by his Spirit, moves us from apathy towards the things of God, into action. I am persuaded, however, that this is not all. Let them pray with the psalmist, "Remove far from me the way of lying." It is contrary to the nature and use of language, and the purpose of God Himself in giving us the organs of speech. They send their regards; you do not exactly know whether it is an expression of the heart or an external civility. Ephesians 4:25 . 6There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Consider a world, no, consider a church which watches horrendous acts of cruelty inflicted upon the helpless and feels nothing. They apologize for the fact that the furnace is out; they have not had any fire in it all winter. When a person puts on the semblance of friendship for another, expressing it in warm terms to his face, while he laughs at him behind his back, we call this hypocrisy of a black dye. One Lord, One Spirit, One Body for All Time and All Peoples. We have no more right to deceive our neighbor than we have a right to defraud him. 1. New Life: A Reflection of Christ from Ephesians 4:25–5:2. Yes, we may respond with anger for a moment, but those who believe trust in God. One of the arguments against Paul writing this letter is that it doesn't appear to have a … If persons in pursuit of one who has thrown himself upon your mercy for concealment, demand of you where he is, you may not deny that you have seen him, but you may refuse to answer; you may throw the pursuers off the scent by any ingenious escape, but you may not say what is untrue, even in such an extreme case. The citizen of Zion "speaketh the truth in his heart" (Psalm 15:2). THE RESULTS OF A TRANSFORMED LIFE - Part 1. Sermons; Children’s Sermons; Hymns; Previous Next. We are provided strength that we may move from apathy to action (Ephesians 4:17, 22 and 23). There is one body, etc. Sermon de Noël : Une place pour Jésus (Luc 2:1-7) Ephésiens. Ephesians Sermon Series Ryan Eagy April 24, 2020 Ephesians. 2. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus, located in Asian Minor (modern day Turkey). Social life is struck through with insincerity. However, we must also recognise that the tendency of our culture is to relativise everything and blur the distinction between right and wrong. The record of the sacred Scripture is very strong against this sin. We are all accustomed to take a discount from what we hear. Click here to stream or download the sermon audio. A more excusable form is that lying which comes from fear of offending those we live with. 2. At one time, we were either disinterested or openly hostile towards God (Ephesians 2:1-3), but then God intervened (Ephesians 2:4-5). 4. Their unity is of the Spirit. Telling lies degrades a man in the estimation of his fellow men. 3. 3. The first reading takes the phrase, ‘Be angry’, as a hard imperative and reads this as though Paul is instructing us to be angry. 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. 1. The trees never issue false stock. Then he lied. The common division of lying is into pernicious lies, those that are said with an evil intent — officious lies, those that are said to screen a fault or with other less culpable object — and lastly, lies of jesting, which may be dismissed in one word of the apostle — that they are — "not convenient," being at best of a very low style of wit, and always dangerous. 26Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil. Nevertheless, this does challenge us to reflect. It is not enough to simply stop lying. They are not only members of Christ, but of one another. These are the notes of a sermon preached by Andy Evans on the morning of the 15 January 2012 at Firwood Church. It makes men like devils, and destroys all confidence in human society. The wheat fields are always honest. We must be a people characterised by our honesty. Milk cans are not always honest. We must be as conscientious in performance as we are in promise. II. No affection, no prejudice, no fear of man, ought to lead to a false, or partial, or misleading representation of facts. 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. (2) It is a breach of the golden rule that we should do to others as we would have them do to us. FIRST OF ALL, I SPEAK OF AGRICULTURAL FALSEHOODS. VI. from The Cross Loganville PRO . Ephesians 4:25-27 English Standard Version (ESV) 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 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. It is right that we are not okay with such things. You thus present yourself to others as ready to do for them what is beyond your intention, and when the test comes and you fail, they are wounded, and feel that they have been falsely dealt with. "Oh!" The true speaking must correspond to the putting away lying with which it is associated; out of which, in fact, it springs. III. But more than this, at one time we were far off, separated from Christ and the people of God (Ephesians 2:11-12). We miss everyone and look forward to the day we can all worship together again in person as the body of Christ. Thus truth becomes merely one and the same thing with justice; and falsehood ceases to be a fault, unless when it is joined with manifest injury and wrong. This is how our culture is able to distinguish between the lie and the white lie. Read More. Ephesians 4:25-32 "Living a New Life in Christ" was taught by Pastor David Rosales at Calvary Chapel Chino Valley on Sunday morning 4/27/14. To thus mistreat our brothers and sisters in Christ is an act of self-mutilation, for we are one body, one household. Let 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. 2. God enacted his glorious plan devised before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4) and suddenly our eyes (and the eyes of our heart) were open to the glory of God displayed in the Son of God made flesh. "If any man seemeth to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue" - particularly from lying - "that man's religion is vain." Bible study questions are included at the end. Again, we find that there is both a command and an exhortation. Then the merchant told the truth. The first of these two exhortations sounds most unexpected and strange. A desire to shine in society may not be wrong, but it must not be compassed by such means. The Psalmist response, naturally, is that he feels anger. "Yes." People that will lie about nothing else will lie about a picture. An Arminian believes no such thing. Of course we affirm broadly that a man may not tell a lie to obtain for himself any good, and that if suffering follows on telling the truth, a man must be contented to suffer. But believers are a divinely constituted, a divinely created corporation. And God, by his Spirit, is at work in his church bringing revelation, an increasing thirst for righteousness and the things of God, and an unshakeable togetherness. Perjury undermines society more than murder. The gospel effects and demands transformation in equal measure. There is something in the presence of natural objects that has a tendency to make one pure. Some persons find it impossible to repeat a thing exactly as they heard it, and without conscious deceit convey a different impression in their narration. All right. Next to dissimulation I mention "pretence," which implies an intentional concealment of the reality by something false or feigned offered to the inspection of others. "Speak every man truth with his neighbor." Rye and oats never move out in the night, not paying for the place they occupy. It is easy to be altogether dismissive of such a command as everyone would agree that lying and falsehood is wrong. Fais passer ton vin. We are the body of Christ, we are the adopted family of God. After a little diversion last week with the Feast of the Transfiguration, we are getting back into Ephesians. 2. There are just as many falsehoods before the counter as there are behind the counter. The citizen in Zion "sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not" (Psalm 15:4). Here, the Psalmist is facing fierce opposition, criticism and slander. Therefore truth is what every man has a right to expect and desire from another. That night her husband said to her, "Mrs. So-and-so is dead." 2. The God of the Bible is a God who hates sin and feels anger towards the wicked. (3) Truth must be kept in the matter of promises. Christians are formed into one body, having a common Head; from whom they all derive a common life, and in whom they all are one. But suppose he paid for it USD23 instead of USD25? Words are not merely words. The result of the gospel in the lives of believers is a great sense of disjunction. - "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. This is why Paul warns us to be on our guard and gives us parameters lest our anger breaks out and leads us into sin. 5. Mark how religion tends to promote the well-being and comfort of society. Yet even here the same law of distinction comes in, which is the more valuable — this world or the next? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” Again, the health of the body of Christ and the good of the church is in view. That a lie is the nearest thing possible to suicide, being a denial of the personality which God has given us, and calculated to reduce the order of God's creation to confusion. 26Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27and give no opportunity to the devil. Browse Sermons on Ephesians 4:25-28. The confirmation of testimony by oath has been ordained by God Himself (Deuteronomy 6:18). Walking in the Light from Ephesians 5:3–14. A man unrolls upon the counter a bale of handkerchiefs. The first and most heinous of all lies are those that are perpetrated in religion. (3) and to that Holy Spirit who is the Spirit of truth (John 14:17), and has given us the Scriptures of truth. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 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. 1. There may be cases, no doubt, in which the obligation is superseded by higher considerations. This means our money must derive from honest work. Unity & Diversity: To Maturity from Ephesians 4:13–16. [28] Let the thief no longer THE MOTIVE TO THIS SOCIAL DUTY. Sermon Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2 Had Any Good Church Fights Lately? Do not allow our anger to burn for more than a day. As a moral quality it denotes the absence of guile, a character without artifice. The Psalmist faces incredible opposition and the reality of righteous anger. The membership of that church was primarily Gentile. It has been laid to the charge of Cromwell that he was a dissembler, who allowed others to interpret his silence as they would, and then surprised them by acting otherwise than they expected. 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. Truth is the cement of society. We consider each in turn. she said. Paul exhorts us to speak in such a way that others are built up. Jesus calls all to come and, as we come, he enables supernatural transformation. There is, therefore, an indication here of the make-up of the early church. II. Be angry, and do not sin; This does not make sense. Rather, Paul’s assumption is that, as believers, we have already put off the old self and are putting on the new self. As Paul earlier reminds us, So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God. 2. LYING IS A HABIT WHICH IS PUNISHED HERE ON EARTH. 3 weeks ago. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.