Ephesians 4:21
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New International Version
when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.

New Living Translation
Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him,

English Standard Version
assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus,

Berean Study Bible
Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in keeping with the truth that is in Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him just as the truth is in Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,

King James Bible
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
assuming you heard about Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus.

International Standard Version
Surely you have listened to him and have been taught by him, since truth is in Jesus.

NET Bible
if indeed you heard about him and were taught in him, just as the truth is in Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If truly you have heard him and you have learned of him, as whatever is truth is in Yeshua.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You have certainly heard his message and have been taught his ways. The truth is in Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus,

Jubilee Bible 2000
if so be that ye have heard him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus,

King James 2000 Bible
If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

American King James Version
If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

American Standard Version
if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Darby Bible Translation
if ye have heard him and been instructed in him according as [the] truth is in Jesus;

English Revised Version
if so be that ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:

Webster's Bible Translation
If indeed ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

Weymouth New Testament
if at least you have heard His voice and in Him have been taught--and this is true Christian teaching--

World English Bible
if indeed you heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:

Young's Literal Translation
if so be ye did hear him, and in him were taught, as truth is in Jesus;
Study Bible
New Life in Christ
20But this is not the way you came to know Christ. 21Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in keeping with the truth that is in Jesus. 22You were taught to put off your former way of life, your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;…
Cross References
Romans 10:14
How then can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach?

Ephesians 1:13
And in Him you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, having heard and believed the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.

Ephesians 2:17
He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

Colossians 1:5
springing from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel

Colossians 1:6
that has come to you. All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing, just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood the grace of God.

Colossians 2:7
rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Treasury of Scripture

If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

heard.

Matthew 17:5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and …

Luke 10:16 He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; …

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Acts 3:22,23 For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your …

Hebrews 3:7,8 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice…

as.

Ephesians 1:13 In whom you also trusted, after that you heard the word of truth, …

Psalm 45:4 And in your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness …

Psalm 85:10,11 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed …

John 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 14:6,17 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, to the …

2 Corinthians 11:10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no man shall stop me of this boasting …

1 John 5:10-12,20 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he …

(21) If so be that.--The word is the same which is used in Ephesians 3:2, Colossians 1:23, indicating no real doubt, but only that rhetorical doubt which is strong affirmation.

Ye have heard him . . .--The true rendering here is, ye heard Him, and were taught in Him. St. Paul begins with the first means of knowledge, the "hearing" His voice, directly or through His ministers; and then proceeds to describe the fuller and more systematic process of "being taught," not "by Him" (as in our version), but "in Him," that is, in that unity with Him which embraces both teachers and taught as with an atmosphere of His presence.

As the truth is in Jesus.--Here by the name "Jesus," the personal and proper name of the Lord, St. Paul leads us on from the conception of "learning the Christ," to understand the method of that learning, in the knowledge of the "truth" in the person of Jesus Himself, who declares Himself to be the Truth (John 14:6). By a loving study and knowledge of His person, as set forth to us in the gospel, and brought home to us by His grace, rather than by abstract musing on the office and attributes of "the Christ," we come to learn the Christ also. The use of the simple name Jesus, so common in the Gospels, is rare indeed in the Epistles, where we constantly find the fuller description "Jesus Christ," "the Lord Jesus," "Jesus the Son of God." Wherever it occurs, it will be found to be distinctive or emphatic. This distinctiveness is most strikingly evident in Romans 8:11 : "If the Spirit of Him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up [the] Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies." The "raising up of Jesus," is the historical resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth; the "raising up the Christ" points to the mysterious effect of that resurrection on those for whom He is the Mediator. Of the few other passages in which the simple name occurs, some (as Romans 3:26; 2Corinthians 4:10-11; 1Thessalonians 1:10; Hebrews 10:10) are mere reiterations of the name occurring above with the due title of honour; others are quasi-recitals of a creed declaring the historic Jesus (1Corinthians 12:3; 1Thessalonians 4:14; comp. 2Corinthians 11:4). In the Epistle to the Hebrews, where, in accordance with one main purpose of the Epistle, this usage is least rare (see Hebrews 2:9; Hebrews 6:20; Hebrews 7:22; Hebrews 12:2; Hebrews 12:24; Hebrews 13:12), it will be found that in all cases, either special stress is laid on the lowly and suffering humanity of the Lord, or the historic facts of His ministry on earth are referred to. The modern familiarity of use of the simple name "Jesus" has little authority in apostolic usage.

Verse 21. - If so be that ye heard him. A word of caution. We are not to assume too readily that we are in a right relation to Christ. We must look within and make sure of that. To hear him, here, is to hear him as his sheep hear his voice and follow him, recognizing the voice of the Shepherd, a voice to be implicitly obeyed. And were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. The peculiar force of this clause is the double ἐν, not given in the first clause in A.V., thereby obscuring the sense, which is, that all teaching and all truth acquires a different hue and a different character when there is a personal relation to Jesus. Truth apart from the person of Christ has little power; abstract doctrines have little influence; the very atonement may be a barren dogma. But the atonement taught "in Jesus," in connection with the living, loving, dying, risen Savior tells; the blood of redemption in connection with the Son of God incarnate thus loving us, and meekly, patiently suffering the agonies of the cross in our room, is not only a power, but the greatest moral power that can move the heart. If so be that ye have heard him,.... Not heard him preach, but heard him preached; and that not merely externally, with the outward hearing of the ear; though oftentimes spiritual conviction and illumination, true faith in Christ, real comfort from him, and establishment and assurance of interest in him, come this way, as to these Ephesians, Ephesians 1:13 but internally, so as to know him, understand his word, and distinguish his voice; so as to approve of him and love him, and believe in him; feel the power of his Gospel, relish his truths, and obey his ordinances, and so bring forth fruit to his glory; as such do, who are quickened by him, whose ears are unstopped, and their hearts opened, and their understandings enlightened; and who have hearing ears, and understanding hearts given them:

and have been taught by him: not personally, but by his Spirit and ministers; for Christ is not only the subject of the ministry of the word, and whom the Spirit of God teaches and directs souls to for righteousness, pardon, cleansing, and for every supply of grace; but he is the efficient cause of teaching; and there is none who teaches like him: and those who are taught by him, are taught

as the truth is in Jesus; as the Gospel is in him, as in its original and subject; for he is truth itself, and grace and truth came by him; and as it was preached by him, and so is pure and unmixed. 21. If so be that—not implying doubt; assuming what I have no reason to doubt, that

heard him—The "Him" is emphatic: "heard Himself," not merely heard about Him.

taught by him—Greek, "taught IN Him," that is, being in vital union with Him (Ro 16:7).

as the truth is in Jesus—Translate in connection with "taught"; "And in Him have been taught, according as is truth in Jesus." There is no article in the Greek. "Truth" is therefore used in the most comprehensive sense, truth in its essence, and highest perfection, in Jesus; "if according as it is thus in Him, ye have been so taught in Him"; in contrast to "the vanity of mind of the Gentiles" (Eph 4:17; compare Joh 1:14, 17; 18:37). Contrast Joh 8:44.4:17-24 The apostle charged the Ephesians in the name and by the authority of the Lord Jesus, that having professed the gospel, they should not be as the unconverted Gentiles, who walked in vain fancies and carnal affections. Do not men, on every side, walk in the vanity of their minds? Must not we then urge the distinction between real and nominal Christians? They were void of all saving knowledge; they sat in darkness, and loved it rather than light. They had a dislike and hatred to a life of holiness, which is not only the way of life God requires and approves, and by which we live to him, but which has some likeness to God himself in his purity, righteousness, truth, and goodness. The truth of Christ appears in its beauty and power, when it appears as in Jesus. The corrupt nature is called a man; like the human body, it is of divers parts, supporting and strengthening one another. Sinful desires are deceitful lusts; they promise men happiness, but render them more miserable; and bring them to destruction, if not subdued and mortified. These therefore must be put off, as an old garment, a filthy garment; they must be subdued and mortified. But it is not enough to shake off corrupt principles; we must have gracious ones. By the new man, is meant the new nature, the new creature, directed by a new principle, even regenerating grace, enabling a man to lead a new life of righteousness and holiness. This is created, or brought forth by God's almighty power.
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