Christian to the Core 16 10/22/13
Vs 22. former conduct – previous way of believing and behaving adopted as part of normal human development prior to salvation and before the total rejection of any influence other than God.
Belief and behavior system corrupted by the sin nature and misdirected by the dilemma of being separated from God.
Self centered and self-serving system built from our own conclusions, the influence of the world and without the benefit of God’s truth.
Vs 22. the old man – Grk palaios – ancient, outdated, obsolete, previous time
- Biblical title for the belief and behavior system of the unbeliever or the believer prior to successful transformation.
- It is ancient in that it goes all the way back to Adam, it is obsolete in that it is no longer useful for the believer and it is old in that it was developed before we had access to divine truth.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has lost its power and become invalid, the new has come!
Vs 22. the one being corrupted – Grk phtheiro – ruined, destroyed, deceived, mislead, seduced – the deceived status of the old man belief system built on lies
- The old system is corrupt because it built on false conclusions – devil’s lies
- False beliefs cause false applications and destroy our relationships
Vs 22. by – Grk kata – Lit. down; Fig. according to, dominated by, standards
- Kata indicates a system of standards used to evaluate some endeavor
- The standards in context are any ideas that facilitate fulfilling our desires.
- We build relational strategies we hope will meet our needs and desires
Vs 22. deceitful lusts – Grk epithumia – lust, desire, longing, yearning; primary biblical word used for desires attached to wrong objects or attached to legitimate objects but pursued outside of biblical boundaries.
- Our God given needs are experienced as desires and longings.
- Without God we build our own ideas about how to fulfill our desires
- Without truth we deceive ourselves that fulfilling desire causes happiness
- Without God to give us meaning and purpose in life, we are limited to using pleasure as a substitute for happiness and we confuse the two.
- The old belief system is dominated, driven and deceived by desire.
Vs 22. Summary – As believers, we are taught to evaluate our belief system and its behaviors for the purpose of eliminating those beliefs and behaviors that are not compatible with God’s word. Our old system called the old man, is corrupted and deceived by false conclusions adopted before salvation. It is preoccupied with and dominated by what we desire, how we feel and has confused pleasure with true happiness. A false belief is taken off by choice through first recognizing that it is not true, then by refusing to act upon it having seen the deception, then by repenting or changing our mind about believing it, then by committing to reject it every time it reasserts itself which will eventually remove it and finally by renewing the mind which means to replace it with the truth for application to the situation.
Christian to the Core 15 Al R.
For 15 weeks we have developed concepts of human motivation and mental processes. While not yet organized as I would desire, the ideas begin to form a picture of our old way of life. This week and perhaps more, we will look deeply at the scriptural basis for some of these ideas. One of the biblical passages describing the Old Man belief system is Eph 4:22-24. We will take an in-depth look at these verses and develop principles from it.
Eph 4:22-24 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to take off your old man, the one being corrupted and dominated by its deceitful desires
Context: This passage is the conclusion of a discussion that includes vs 17-24. In vs 17-19 Paul describes the journey into depravity of a reversionistic believer and exhorts those involved to return to their spiritual life. He describes the downward spiral of immoral degeneracy that leads to the slavery of addictions.
In vs 20-21 he reminds them that they were not taught to live like unbelievers but had been taught to live according to the truth. In every period of history, the tendency is for believers to continue living as they always have while giving lip service to the spiritual life. Surrendering our whole life to God begins with a decision that becomes a journey of many daily decisions ending only when we die. Paul will encourage these believers to relinquish their old ways, with their earthly attachments and material pursuits to pursue their life with God.
In vs 22-24 he describes what they had been taught. They had been taught to continually confront and eliminate existing corrupted beliefs and behaviors that they had adopted in connection with sinful desires. In addition they were to renew their mental attitudes by replacing their old beliefs and behaviors with those taught in the word of God. Vs. 22-24 gives a detailed explanation of the mechanics of transformation.
Vs. 21 You were taught: He had personally taught many of them and they had also been taught by the prophets and pastors in the church.
In Vs. 22-24, Paul uses 3 infinitives to explain the mechanics of transformation (take off – be renewed – put on). These infinitives express the purpose/result for his teaching. His hope for them is that they will turn away from their old ways and pursue the spiritual assets given to us in Christ.
Vs. 22 take off Grk apotithemi – aorist middle infinitive – Lit. to take off clothing Act 7:58 take off coats; Fig. To stop using a particular idea(s) as a belief and as a basis for behavior Heb 12:1 hindrances to spiritual life and sins, Rom 13:12 deeds of darkness, Jam 1:21 moral filth and evil, 1Per 2:1 mental and verbal relationship sins. The aorist infinitive expresses purpose indicating the intended purpose of Paul’s teaching is that we eliminate sinful beliefs and behaviors. The middle voice is reflexive indicating that the believer acts upon himself.
- Paul uses an analogy that creates the image of taking off and putting on layers of clothing.
- Clothing is put on and taken off in layers just as beliefs are put on and taken off in layers – peeled off in layers like an onion down to the core.
- We take off a belief by first recognizing it, then by refusing to act on it, then by repenting of it as being true, then by consistently rejecting it when it reemerges as habitual behavior which will eventually remove it and finally by renewing the mind through replacing it with the divine view of the issue.
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Pastor: Al Rosenblum
What would God have done if David had not run?
1Sam 16 Samuel anointed David to be the next king of Israel. He was not told when or the
circumstances involved but were made certain by the word of God. David didn’t know what life as king would be, but he did know that God had willed it.
He began with nothing, a shepherd keeping sheep. After his anointing, he was promoted quickly and got a life. He was given a career, success, financial prosperity, and a princess for his wife and his own home. He attached his heart to this life as his happiness, especially to Michal, his wife
(1Sam 25:44; 2Sam 3:13). The book of 1Sam tells the story of David reacting to the loss of this life, wanting it back and running from fear of Saul. God was willing to give Him a life without fear or running, it was there for him, but he believed what his anger and fear told him rather than the Lord.
• 1Sam 16 Samuel anoints David to be king (1, 12-13)
• 1Sam 17 David kills Goliath; inquires about reward (25-27); refuses king’s daughter
• 1Sam 18 Military career & success; Jonathon; Saul is jealous; marries Michal
• 1Sam 19 Saul seeks to kill him & David escapes & runs to Samuel
• 1Sam 19:11-17 Sent men to kill him; Michal protects him; climbs out the window
• 1Sam 19:18-24 Runs to Samuel – God won’t allow Saul to kill him – what God would do?
• 1Sam 20 Jonathon determines that Saul will not relent – David runs, not trust God
• 1Sam 21 David lies to Ahimelech – causes the death of 85 priests & town of Nob
• 1Sam 21:10-15 Flees to Gath & pretends to be crazy to avoid being killed
• 1Sam 22 Flees to cave of Adullam – there all alone with the Lord; his family, the
malcontents and the criminals of the land formed an army.
• 1Sam 23-26 David’s encounters with Saul
• 1Sam 25 Marries Ahinoam & Abigail – Deut 17:14-17 contrary to God’s command
• 1Sam 27 One day Saul will kill me, I will escape to the land of the Philistines;
pretends to be loyal to king of Gath; pretends to attack Israel; 8-11 – attacked other people, told Achish he was attacking Israel; killed everyone to avoid exposure; led 600 men and their families into this terrible deception with him because he refused to believe God
1. The question: What would God have done for David, to Saul, if instead of fleeing, he had stayed and confronted the situation because he trusted God?
• What would his life been like? What would God have done with Saul?
• God enabled him to defeat the lion, bear and then Goliath – why not Saul?
• At Ramah with Samuel, God protected him from the soldiers and even Saul
• Even on the run, marrying multiple wives, performing his misdeeds, God protected him and provided for him.
2. God gave him numerous wake-up calls along the way as well as his terrible behavior that could have sounded an alarm in is soul.
• 1Sam 19:18-24 With Samuel, God transforms all of his enemies
• 1Sam 21 At Nob he lies to Ahimelech – sees Doeg the Edomite the enemy of God
• 1Sam 22 Saul has the priests killed & city of Nob – wake-up call for David
• 1Sam 23:15-17 Jonathon: my father won’t kill you, you will be king…
• 1Sam 24 & 26 Encounters with Saul, spares his life
• 1Sam 27 When he has to kill men and women to protect his secret life – hello
• What in your life do you need to confront yet you are avoiding or running?
• David trusted his own efforts to protect him from Saul, in spite of God’s promise
• He would have told you that he was using common sense – sight = faith in human logic & common sense cp faith = faith in God’s promise.
3. David was fearful, imagining scenarios that couldn’t occur or God would fix.
• 1Sam 20:3 There is only one step between me and death… devises a lie to tell Saul
• 1 Sam 27:1 Then David said to himself, “Now I will die one day by the hand of Saul….
• In spite of the anointing & promise that he would be king, he thinks Saul can kill him
• He tells himself (inner dialogue) “one day this guy is going to get me”
• If Saul was allowed to kill David, God would have brought him back to life.
• He faced death with lion, bear, Goliath, military but feared for his life with Saul
4. David was angry over losing the life he had built & thought he deserved.
• 1Sam 20:1 What have I done? What is my crime? How have I wronged your father?
• 2Sam 3:13 I demand one thing of you, namely, you shall not see my face
unless you first bring Michal, Saul’s daughter, when you come to see me.”
• He is looking at his life from his human agenda – wants his life back
• God offered him another giant to face but now he had more to gain & lose
• Human view looks at circumstances wanting to always improve them
• Divine view looks at opportunities to trust, to grow and to honor God
5. God allows nothing in believer’s life for which He has not provided principles of truth that when believed for life, will allow us to face it with faith
• Heb 11:17-19 Abraham offered Isaac, knowing he was the heir, believing God
would raise him - David had this history lesson as an example for facing his own death
• Heb 11:22 Joseph believed the prophetic promise of the land – take my bones
• 1Cor 10:13 No adversity we can’t bear, provides a way of escape to endure it
Way of escape – biblical rationales to think it through to victory with divine viewpoint
6. Our refusal to face the challenges God allows impacts those associated with us.
• 1Sam 21 David’s avoidance and lies caused many to die
• 1Sam 27 His fear/flee strategy led his men to kill innocents to protect their lies
• 2Sam 12 David’s adultery, lies & murder resulted in the Absalom revolution
o Marriage – personal baggage & refusal to face it hinders the marital relationship
o Parents – marital shortcomings produce parental shortcomings hindering children