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Lesson 8: A Church Is a Spiritual Body (Ephesians)

The Prohibition of the New Man (Ephesians 4.17-22)
(20 questions with answers following)
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Added on  March 27, 2017

Answers at the end, following the questions
Those who disagree with anything please see the note at the end. Reasoned dialogue is encouraged and any Bible or fact based comments, if made in a Christian manner in an attempt to get to the truth will be considered.

These are open book quizzes. Refer to your Bible for answers.

  1. As we have seen in lesson 7, Ephesians 4.1-6 deals with the ____________ of the new man.
  2. As we have seen in lesson 8, Ephesians 4.7-16 deals with the ____________ of the new man.
  3. Now, in Ephesians 4.17-32, we look at the ____________ of the new man. Prohibition means, “the act of ____________
  4. There is a ____________ side to a Christian’s life which is set out by ___________. God’s prohibitions for the new man are the ___________ of His Word. For example, the primary command in the Garden of Eden was __________: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt _____ eat of it. for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Ge. 2.17).
  5. Paul instructs Gentile believers to “_______ not as other Gentiles _______, in the __________ of their mind. Having the understanding __________, being ___________ from the life of God through the __________ that is in them, because of the ____________ of their heart: Who being past __________ have given themselves over unto ______________, to work all uncleanness with _____________” (Ep. 4.17-19).
  6. Paul, in Ep. 4.17-19, gives four aspects of the walk of the Gentiles which illustrate the absolute futility and insane purpose of the life of the lost man. What are they? Give a brief explanation of each.
  7. Who are the saved Gentiles now to listen to and be taught by?
  8. Where is the truth?
  9. The believer in Christ is to “put off the _____ _____, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ep. 4.22).
  10. Paul tells the believer in Christ is to “be _________ in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the _____ _____, which after God is _________ in righteousness and true holiness (Ep. 4.23-24).
  11. This putting on of the new man:

    a. is done by self-effort.
    b. is done by striving to imitate Christ’s conduct.
    c. has already been done for us when the old man was crucified with Christ.
    d. none of the above.
  12. We are to put off the old man by the power of:

    a. positive thinking
    b. the human will
    c. the Holy Spirit
    d. help from others
  13. Believers, in putting on the new man, are to live in their new nature, as a new man, as a result of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. This is a repetition of the great message in the book of:

    a. Revelation
    b. Psalms
    c. Romans
    d. Jude
  14. Since we are declared __________ and we are in ________ seated in the ____________, our ______ should be commensurate with our position. “”Which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
  15. List the prohibitions given the believer in Ephesians 4.25-29.
  16. “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Ep. 4.30). What grieves the Holy Spirit of God?
  17. True or false: A believer can grieve away the Holy Spirit of God. Give the reason for y0ur answer.

The answers to the questions below are based upon Ephesians 4.30-32:

Ephesians 4:31-32: “31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

  1. The sins listed in Ephesians 4.31 are sins of an emotional nature which are to “be put away from you.”
  2. In verse 32 we see:

    a. a radical change in the believer
    b. a marked contrast from the previous verse
    c. both a and b
    d. neither a nor b
  3. “Even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ep. 4.30c). All this is to be done on the basis:

    a. that his conduct will not grieve the Holy Spirit
    b. of command under the law of the grace of God
    c. of the grace of God. The basis of forgiveness is gracious. We are to forgive because we have been forgiven..
    d. both a and c.

Answers

  1. As we have seen in lesson 7, Ephesians 4.1-6 deals with the exhibition of the new man.
  2. As we have seen in lesson 8, Ephesians 4.7-16 deals with the inhibition of the new man.
  3. Now, in Ephesians 4.17-32, we look at the prohibition of the new man. Prohibition means, “the act of forbidding
  4. There is a negative side to a Christian’s life which is set out by Scripture. God’s prohibitions for the new man are the negatives of His Word. For example, the primary command in the Garden of Eden was negative: “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it. for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Ge. 2.17).
  5. Paul instructs Gentile believers to “walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind. Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness” (Ep. 4.17-19).
  6. The four aspects of the walk of the Gentiles, with brief sample brief explanations of each, which Paul gives in Ep. 4.17-19 which illustrate the absolute futility and insane purpose of the life of the lost man are:(1) “In the vanity of their mind” means the empty illusion of the life that thinks there is satisfaction in sin.
    (2) “having the understanding darkened” means that the lost man has lost his perception of moral values.
    (3) “Being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them” is a picture of all mankind without Christ.
    (4) “Who being past feelings have given themselves over unto lasciviousness [which is uncleanness] to work all uncleanness with greediness.” Their continuance in this state of moral ineptitude brings them down to the level where they have no feeling of wrongdoing.
  1. Jesus. See Ep. 4.20-21.
  2. In Jesus. Ep. 4.21.
  3. The believer in Christ is to “put off the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind” (Ep. 4.22).
  4. Paul tells the believer in Christ is to “be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ep. 4.23-24).
  5. has already been done for us when the old man was crucified with Christ. See, e.g., Romans 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
  6. the Holy Spirit
  7. Romans
  8. Since we are declared righteous and we are in Christ seated in the heavenlies, our walk should be commensurate with our position. “”Which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
  9. The prohibitions given the believer in Ephesians 4.25-29 are: “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
  10. The offenses that have been listed grieve the Holy Spirit of God.
  11. False. Because the believer is “sealed unto the day of redemption.”
  12. The sins listed in Ephesians 4.31 are sins of an emotional nature which are to “be put away from you.”
  13. c. both a and b
  14. d. both a and c [Note on this answer: It is not to forgive that we get forgiveness. Note the contrast: Christ was stating the legal grounds for forgiveness in the Sermon on the Mount when He said, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (mt. 6.14, 15). Here we are told to forgive on the basis of the grace of God which He exhibited in our forgiveness for Christi’s sake, because Christ died for us.]

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