Must: a neccessary or essential thing

Ephesians 4:17-32, “17So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. 18They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. 19Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
 20You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

 25Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26″In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

 29Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Christianity is alot of things to alot of people, and nothing if not confusing at first glance. It requires a change and it requires that no Christian purposefully sin. I remember from the history books that there was once a sect of Christianity that believed in being sinners every day of the week, but saints on the Lord’s day. The theory was, “more sin leads to more grace.” It was just that belief that led confused Christians away from the truth and into gnostic heresies.

We must change our lives. Not might, kind of, or sort of. Why is a change neccessary? We lived according to our nature beforehand, darkened in our understanding, as the verses above puts it. The Jesus showed us the truth and saved us from our just punishment. Now we’re the new man. The new man must not live like the old man, or else it would have all been for nothing.

We must no longer live like the Gentiles do…
We must put off falsehood…
We must steal no longer…
We must work…

So where ever you see the word must in the New Testament, you’re not looking at a suggestion or optional ingredient, but a neccessary and essential commandment in your walk with Christ.

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