Teaching Notes are Bible studies we taught before GraceLife Ministries began publishing articles online in 1995. Some were presented as sermons, others as group studies.

Our hope is that these older studies will be a blessing to you in your life and ministry. Please use them in any way God leads you.

These teaching notes are part of a study in Ephesians about our new life in Christ.

[These notes are from a Bible study taught more than 40 years ago. The notes are in outline form.]

This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth 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. But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And 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. 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. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:17-32

I. The moral condition of the heathen (vs. 17-19)

A. They are spiritually empty (v 17)

B. They are spiritually darkened (v 18a)

C. They are spiritually ignorant (v18b)

D. They are spiritually blind (v 18c)

E. They are spiritually insensitive (v 19a)

F. They are spiritually impure (v 19b)

II. The lessons of Christ’s school (v 20-24)

A. Put off the old man (v 20-22)

B. Renew the attitude of the mind (v 23)

  1. intellect
  2. emotions
  3. will

C. Put on the new man (v 24)

“after God” is kata theon, “dominated by what is in Himself”

a. in righteousness

b. in true holiness (Greek – “holiness of truth”)

III. The behavior of the new life (v 25 – 32)

A. Put away lying (25)

B. Put away anger (26)

C. Put away the devil (27)

D. Put away stealing (28)

E. Put away evil speaking (29)

F. Put away grieving the Spirit (30)

G. Put away all bitterness (31)

H. Put away an unforgiving spirit (32)

[Thank you for reading these teaching notes from more than 40 years ago. My prayer is they will be a blessing to you, your family and your ministry.]