The Book of Ephesians: Learned, Heard, and Taught! Part 2.

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,” (Ephesians 4:20–21 (ESV).

Believers in Christ are to no longer be callused, sensual and greedy (Ephesians 4:19). That was the way, to a greater or lesser extent, we used to live. It was our life prior to our justification by grace alone, through faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-5:11). It was our living prior to our sanctification unto holiness by the Holy Spirit (Romans 6-8).

The Apostle Paul gives his readers three words describing the new birth (John 3:1-8). He provides three phrases describing the inner change which God has accomplished in our souls. First is the word learned; But that is not the way you learned Christ!  

The second word is heard; But that is not the way you learned Christ! — 21 assuming that you have heard about him.

To hear (ἀκούω; akouo) means to listen, accept, and respond. Within the context, this is an active and personal listening, acceptance and response by the individual believer in Christ.

True saving faith involves all three characteristics of hearing. To be truly converted, the individual must not only know the facts about the person and work of Jesus Christ, but they must also accept these facts as true. Finally, they must embrace, and trust in Who, and what, Jesus Christ is and what He has accomplished. Such a trust involves not only embracing Christ as Savior but also submitting to Him as Lord. God calls believers to be loyal to Christ as their King.

Have you personally listened, accepted and responded to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Is He not only your Savior, but also your Lord?

Soli deo Gloria!

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