But you have not so learned Christ;…
The direct and immediate purpose of these words is to show the irreconcilable contradiction between a course of life, such as that of other Gentiles, and the Christian discipline and instruction which these Ephesian believers had received.
I. It is here distinctly affirmed that THE LIVING VOICE OF CHRIST HIMSELF IS OUR TEACHER. "Ye have heard Him. The New Testament everywhere represents Christ as still working and teaching in the world. He has pledged Himself to send that teaching Spirit of truth, in whose coming He Himself comes, and all whose illuminations and communications are imparting to us the things of Christ.
II. THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST RECEIVE CONTINUOUS INSTRUCTION FROM HIM. And have been taught by Him." These words seem to imply the conditions and the gradual process of Christ's schooling. His teaching is not one act, but a long, patient discipline.
III. THE THEME OF THE TEACHING IS THE TEACHER. "Ye have not so learned Christ."
(A. Maclaren, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But ye have not so learned Christ;