(17) This is non-negotiable: Don’t live like those who grope around in the darkness, trapped inside their own minds, following their own uninformed opinions and blind mythologies. (18) They don’t know what’s real. Because of their arrogant refusal to hear and believe, the Triune Life is alien to them; they don’t know the One who has embraced them. (19) To avoid Him, they have de-sensitized themselves to reality; they have lived without boundaries, ignoring their limits, always eager to find a new way to poison themselves and everything around them.
(20) Jesus taught you better than that! (21) If you know the truth, you know Him. (22) He taught you to walk away from your false self, with its thoughts and feelings so distorted by its constantly dissatisfied cravings. (23) He taught liberated living through clear thinking. (24) He has forged in himself a new humanity, and he has taught us to put it on like a new set of clothes—our new life that shares fully in the Triune passion for goodness in our souls and in the world.