Corruption; Lusts; Deceits
A Sermon on Ephesians 4:22-24
to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (ESV)
There are many who say that men are born good, or at least indifferent to evil. They believe man comes into the world innocent and able to freely do good. However, this is quite incorrect according to God’s Word as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues from Ephesians 4:22-24. The Bible presents men as born guilty and wholly corrupted by sin and all its deceit. Man is born into a world that is under the rule of the evil one who is the great deceiver and father of all lies. Man is born into this miserable state and unable to do anything to save himself. This life of the unbeliever is one given up to sin, but the life of the redeemed is another story. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains, those who have been saved out of this world by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit and adopted into God’s family are declared righteous before his eyes. The indwelling power of the Holy Spirit gives all believers the ability to resist the deceit of sin and the devil. Yet it is because of Christ's work on the cross in our place that we are declared righteous. This is the great division between men, there are those that know God and trust in his Son, and there are those that are outside the family of God and under the dominion of sin.