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“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers.”

 

from your aimless conduct

“Conduct” means way of life, behavior.  Paul uses this term of himself when he says, “you have heard of my conduct when I was still in Judaism” (Gal 1:13). God wants us to put off the lifestyle we lived before we received Christ,

“among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:3)

“that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts.” (Ephesians 4:22)

“and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked.” (2 Peter 2:7)

This is not to say that conduct is wrong in itself.  The New Testament uses the word “conduct” in a positive sense many times:

First Peter 1:15 uses this term in the good sense,

“but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.” (1 Peter 1:15)

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27)

“For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.” (2 Corinthians 1:12)

received by tradition from your fathers

“Tradition” means handed down from the fathers.   “Tradition” teaches what has been handed down from ancestors.

PRINCIPLE: 

Tradition has no value in our salvation.

APPLICATION: 

Is your Christianity a hand-me-down religion?  Have you personally owned the dynamics of Christian living for yourself? 

Many people accept what they have been taught without.  The Bible wants us to find out for ourselves what is true (Acts 17:11). 

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