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Thoughts From Ephesians (Thought # 41) Walk in the Light (Eph. 5:3-14) -Intro

by Larry Miles

Ephesians 5:3-15  3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

 In this passage, Paul describes the themes of light and darkness by contrasting the works of darkness and the fruit of the  Spirit. In Eph 5:8 he writes, “For you were once darkness.” Paul  does not say that Christians  are  walking in darkness. Rather he uses the term “once.” What did he mean by  that terminology? Just as  he reminded the  church at Corinth that before they became Christians they were involved in many ungodly actions, he tells us here I that we are “light in the world.” We must live out our lives  glorifying God and reflecting that we are  children of light.

The  next few articles will  reflect the contrasts that Paul is trying to make. Note: we may break down each of  these sections also.

Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word and Work and attends Cherry St. Church of Christ in New Albany, In.




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