Daily Devotional & Prophecy
March 31, 2021.
Discovering Christ In Ephesians.
We saw from our last discussion that, we are to grow up walking in love by speaking the truth, manifesting our reality in Christ in all things, a place where we grow up into the manifestation of his life and nature in every aspect of our lives. Here, we all function in God’s plan by supplying our quota to one another which fosters the nourishment and increase of the entire Body of Christ.
Then we hear the apostle continue,
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Ephesians 4:17
Observe carefully this statement “This I say therefore,” a statement expressing his conclusion on the subject discussed before of these Ephesians growing up into the full stature of Christ.
Then he gives to them an assertion “and I testify in the Lord,” or rather an exhortation on the basis of their reality in Christ to “henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk.”
When a man is renewed by the Spirit of Christ, his manner of life seizes to spring from his former animal nature. He becomes a living expression of the life and nature of God.
Where he used to walk in sin, obeying the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, he now turns around, for he becomes subject to the law of God. The Law of the Spirit of life in him subdues the law of sin and death.
The Spirit vitalizes his mortal flesh, giving him the power to respond to his holy influences.
So the apostle implores these believers, knowing what has been wrought in them, knowing they have come to the knowledge of the son of God, to walk in the newness of life and not like “others Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.”
Without the knowledge of the son Of God our thoughts are futile. All unbelievers carry in them a mind that is not subject to the law of God.
The word used for vanity above does not just mean emptiness, but it means they are incapable of thinking anything of spiritual significance. They cannot spiritually utilize their minds, their minds are transient and morally depraved (Strong Concordance G3153).
But unto us, we have the mind of Christ in which there is no corruption (1Corithans 2:16).
Hence, we are to put this on, walking in the life of God. For we hear of the unbelievers;
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: Ephesians 4:18
Psychology, philosophy and vain reasoning have darkened their understanding of the true God. Today all men outside of Christ are “alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them”
Complete aliens when it comes to the life of God. We are mere creatures, natural men, without hop and without God in the world, until we come to Christ then are we known of God ( Galatians 4:9).
The moment Adam rejected the tree of life and chose the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, his entire posterity was cut off from the supply of the life of God.
God was supplying his life to Adam under a conditional contract, that he would not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
The moment he did, he lost his nature of innocence, and the devil became his father being alienated from the supply of God’s life.
This is why we must hate even the garment spotted with sin, we have a new father, we don’t want to be labelled after the old. The unbeliever is ignorant because the fall brought about total spiritual blindness to natural men.
Unbelievers walk in the vanity of their mind, obeying sinful passions “because of the blindness of their heart.” We hear;
Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. Ephesians 4:19
There is nothing in the heart of the unbeliever to withhold him from evil except through divine Providence. In of himself, he is vain, with no conscience, past feeling and a slave to lasciviousness, walking all “uncleanness with greediness.”
But ye have not so learned Christ;Ephesians 4:20
Thou beloved art different, you have not learned a Christ of unrighteousness, but the Christ who is the expression of the righteousness of God.
Observe carefully the statement “learned Christ.” Christianity is the study of Christ. When a man builds his house upon this knowledge, come rain, come storms, he remains unshakable.
When you truly know Christ who is the grace of God, sin looses its power over you, sickness and disease goes, greed goes, bitterness goes, fear goes, depression cannot stand before the knowledge of God.
Knowing Christ is knowing joy, prosperity, peace, righteousness, holiness, kindness, wisdom, understanding, health, love, happiness, oh, I can go on and on. He is the glories of God.
So the evidence that you have learned Christ is that his life ought to be emanating from you, which is what our online Mentorship School: Grace Bible College has been created to help many in the Body of Christ to achieve.
As true believers, we hear him, are taught by him, and dwell in the truth.
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: Ephesians 4:21
When you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in him you, you will walk in the truth.
Gracious father, I bless you for your faithfulness. Thank you for bringing me into the knowledge of your son. I have been liberated from a walk in darkness to a glorious walk in the Lord. I dwell in the truth. I walk in the truth.
By the power of Christ in me, I reject every unfruitful walk of darkness. I declare, I walk in righteousness and holiness. I proclaim, I have the mind of Christ.
I have heard and I learned Christ, therefore I do not walk in vanity as other Gentiles, but as the righteousness of God in Christ, my steps are ordered by the Lord! Glory to Jesus, Amen.
In an encounter of the Lord. I saw a prophetic picture of someone stuck in this very difficult situation, I saw a Child of God amongst cops that were surrounded by very aggressive militants. These militants fought them, overpowered them and besieged them in a building.
Now this Child of God thought within, if I stay in this building, we are outnumbered and overpowered, I can be killed at anytime, if I should walk out of this building, they may not shoot at me, they may look at me as just a regular citizen and may ignore me.
But from another look, if I should walk out of here, they may immediately consider me as partnering with the cops and may immediately shoot me dead.
As these thoughts ran through the mind of this beloved, finally this child of God decided to walk out of the building.
Coming out I was led to a prophetic similitude in the story of the four leprous men in the days of Elijah.
And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die. And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Syrians: and when they were come to the uttermost part of the camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. 2 Kings 7:3-5
Then the Lord said “This is not the end. I AM with you in this battle, and my victory is yours. What you see as a risk is actually a breakthrough route for you.
I have made a way for you, as you dare to believe me, as you dare to step out in faith towards all I have put in your heart to do, You are encountering my superabundant goodness in a way you have never imagined.”
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Jahfas Victor Ahua
Living Hill Christian Church.