Put away your old person (Eph. 4:22)

“You were taught

To put away

Your former way of life,

Your old person,


By delusions

And lusts.”

ἀποθέσθαι ὑμᾶς κατὰ τὴν προτέραν ἀναστροφὴν τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον τὸν φθειρόμενον κατὰ τὰς ἐπιθυμίας τῆς ἀπάτης,

Paul said, “You were taught to put away (ἀποθέσθαι) your former way of life (ὑμᾶς κατὰ τὴν προτέραν ἀναστροφὴν), your old person (τὸν παλαιὸν ἄνθρωπον), corrupted (τὸν φθειρόμενον) by delusions (κατὰ τὰς ἐπιθυμίας) and lusts (τῆς ἀπάτης).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀναστροφὴν, that means behavior, conduct, or manner of life, and the word φθειρόμενον, that means to destroy, corrupt, spoil, or ruin.  Paul explained that the Ephesians had been taught to put away their former life style, their old self or person.  This former life had been corrupted or spoiled by many delusions and lusts.  Paul wanted all vestiges of the former corrupt gentile pagan lifestyle to be left behind and put away for good.  Have you put away your delusions and lusts?

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