“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.” (Ephesians 4:17-19)
“ But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus…” (Ephesians 4:20)
I. Consider that you did not properly learn Christ if:
(1) Your life style is influenced more by your culture and associates than Christ and His teachings.
(2) You share a “futility of mind” with your associations which is an imagination separated from the realities of God.
Time in the Word Ministries elaborates from the Bible on the meaning of futility of the mind in these words:
“Their minds are full of are darkness (Eph 5:8), enmity against God (Rom 8:7), poisoned (Acts 14:2), debased (Rom 1:28), set on the things of the flesh (Rom 8:5), blinded (2 Cor 3:4; 4:4), vainly puffed up (Col 2:18), corrupt (1 Tim 6:5; 2 Tim 3:8), defiled (Titus 1:15), unstable (James 1:8), and finally as we will study today, futile (Eph 4:17).”
II. Is Paul and the Word of God through Paul getting us to doubt, of all things, that we did not learn Christ, that we have not really heard him in our heart, and our church membership has come by outside influences, not Christ; that Jesus has not really been your Teacher through the Holy Spirit in all the things He taught us to do and say; that you got your “truth in Christ” from others more than the Christ of the Bible.
III. Paul, as a former lawyer was extremely well trained in the law and the Prophets of the OT, and with His enlightenment and conversion by Christ, recognized a similar central common message of the 19 Writing Prophets, namely that GOD’S PEOPLE WERE NOT ACTING LIKE GOD’S PEOPLE. If we are the kind that compare ourselves by and with ourselves, alias our culture, it is easy to miss the boat on Learning Christ properly.
- Sanctification is important here as is your original regeneration or new birth, also the anticipated and assured glorification at the Second Coming of Christ, “when we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” Even as the Bible in this verse points out the example learning of Christ in eternity, so we learn by the example in the Bible of Christ as we go along in life with sanctification, striving to close the gap in our internal Christ like along the life style path of all the way from new birth to glorification. One is inclined to naturally think that the smallness of our gap between initial regeneration and glorification of Christ likeness when we meet Christ in heaven will help to determine our positions of service on the new earth.
Conclusion: Even as life style is a complex subject, even more is the Proper way to engage in the process of learning Christ, and to help as a Bible guide or commentaries on this process you are offered free extensive and complete Bible studies in the 7 volumes of the Learn Christ Commentaries (LCC). Please during the next weeks free download as you have time, at