Put Away

by Mike Ratliff

6 ἵνα δὲ εἰδῆτε ὅτι ἐξουσίαν ἔχει ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς ἀφιέναι ἁμαρτίας—τότε λέγει τῷ παραλυτικῷ· ἐγερθεὶς ἆρόν σου τὴν κλίνην καὶ ὕπαγε εἰς τὸν οἶκόν σου. Matthew 9:6 (NA28)

6 “but in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on Earth to forgive sins””–then He said to the paralytic, “Rise up, take up your stretcher and go to your house.” – Matthew 9:6 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

The literal idea behind the Greek αἴρω (airō) is “to raise or lift up,” and it is usually used in this way. When the Lord Jesus forgave and healed the paralytic in Matthew 9:1-8, for example, His command was to, “Rise up, take up (ἆρόν) your stretcher and go to your house.” In this usage the verb ἆρόν (aron) is the second singular, aorist active imperative case of airō.

Used in the figurative sense, however, as it is in Ephesians 4:31–Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.–it means “to pick up and carry away, to make a clean sweep.” As John the Baptist declared of the Lord Jesus in John 1:29 “The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” We see it again in John 2:16 as our Lord makes a “clean sweep” of the merchandizers in the temple, saying, “and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.

30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Ephesians 4:30-32 (NASB) 

Paul, therefore, uses it here to paint the graphic picture that we should “sweep away” the hinderances to Christian living listed in the surrounding context. Pastor and expositor Martyn Lloyd-Jones offers this solemn challenge:

The Apostle is exhorting the Ephesians to put away all this evil. he does not say that because they have become Christians it has automatically dropped off…And again we notice that he does not merely tell them to pray that these sins may be taken out of their lives. Pray by all means, but do not forget that Paul tells the Ephesians to put them off, to put them far from them, and we must do the same. It is not pleasant, It is not at all pleasant even to preach on these things; it is very unpleasant for us to face them…but, says the Apostle, we must do it, and if we find any vestige or trace of these things within us, we must take hold of it and hurl it away from us, trample upon it, and bolt the door upon it, and never allow it to come back. – Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Darkness and Light (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House), pp. 282-283.

Soli Deo Gloria!

2 thoughts on “Put Away

  1. Dear Mike,
    I am writing to let you know how much your blog encourages me. I have made it part of my morning devotion and prayer time, as you seem to get my mind and heart focused properly on Christ.

    I appreciate the your honesty of sharing the trials and tribulations you go through and the way you use those situations to draw near to God, and the way you show me that the Word of God is our source for all comfort and direction.

    I have been battling Stage IV lung cancer since September of 2019, had brain surgery this past December to remove a tumor that spread, have ongoing chemotherapy and radiation, and take care of my disabled wife. Through all of it, Christ has used our situation to draw near to us in a special deep way that most people never get to experience. Of course some days are so hard and discouraging, but the grace and peace of His sovereign will and love continues to bless our walk and marriage.

    So, once again, you should know how much of a blessing your writing is for me. Thank you for your dedication to keeping a reformed, biblically based theology that focuses on Christ crucified, the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and for your for your exegesis of the Word. May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ fill you today, may His Holy Spirit bless you with joy.

    Love you Brother,
    Gerry Lachapelle

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