TRUTH: Who has a Futile Mind, Darkened Understanding and are Excluded from the Life of God?


The response on social media is amazing and baffling at times. I can post something on social media about the most arbitrary matter and receive all kinds of likes and responses. When it comes to Christ Jesus, the likes and responses are drastically lower. Now, that does not bother me because I do not post anything to receive likes and responses. I am past that stage in my maturation. I post to share for the benefit of all regardless of what I share. Nevertheless, Christ is the most important part of my life – He is my life, so I share about Him in obedience and hopes to encourage another to know and pursue God through Him. “for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.” Ephesians 2:18  I share so you can know the TRUTH: Who has a Futile Mind, Darkened Understanding and are Excluded from the Life of God?

TRUTH: Who has a Futile Mind, Darkened Understanding and are Excluded from the Life of God? I am sure you would agree that anyone in that position has a tough go of living life now not to mention the afterlife. Let’s let the scriptures answer that question for us. I want to allow God’s Word guide us to the TRUTH.

Ephesians 4:17-23

17 So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; 19 and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness. 20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

TRUTH: Who has a Futile Mind, Darkened Understanding and are Excluded from the Life of God?

What does Ephesians 4 have to say in response to that question? The futile mind or vanity of mind refers to man’s perverseness or deprivation in his thinking. Understanding refers to a consciousness characterized by a perverted moral impulse. Darkened refers to eyes, mind and understanding deprived of light i.e. God’s way of life or path of life. Excluded/alienated from the life of God refers to being shut out from one’s fellowship and intimacy with God. He/she has no relationship with God. The hardening is synonymous with hardening like a callous. It is metaphorically of dulled spiritual perception.

The person who continually ignores the Word of God and obedience to Him/the Word is he Who has a Futile Mind, Darkened Understanding and are Excluded from the Life of God? We all have to determine where we are in regards to our response to God. For the person Paul is describing here, they have lost so much by rejecting God. Their mind, understanding, hardening of their hearts “have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.” Surrendering to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is the remedy for this condition. We all know where we stand. Assess and govern yourself accordingly. 

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