Ephesians 17-24 Nihilism Essay

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Ephesians 4:17-24 - Nihilism doesn’t hear
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. 18 They 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. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self,[f] which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put
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When you hear the callous is shaved v9 “They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.”
- Callous = tough part of skin due to excessive use o If you do many pull-ups on a bar, or sweep every day, or play squash you get callouses on your hand
 There is not feeling on a callous o That 's the picture here
 You were given over = You were repeatedly doing something
• Sensuality o That means to fulfil your senses
 It has a connotation of sexual things, but I don’t think this verse is limited to that o When your heart is callous/hard toward God
 You will seek to fill your senses with things other than God to help you forget the
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When you hear presumption (guessing) is gone
V21 “assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,”
- Paul has been talking throughout this letter as if the Ephesians are actually believers/ Christians o I have been doing the same
 But there is an IF here isn’t there
• You are a Christian if o You heard Him, have been taught in Him, believed in Him, and resolved to follow him
 Paul warns believers to "test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you - unless indeed you fail the test" (2 Corinthians

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