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Thoughts From Ephesians-Thought # 42 Exalt God, Not Idols-Eph 5:3-6 (Intro)

by Larry Miles

We “walk in Love” by avoiding ungodly behavior. We must restrain ourselves from ungodly behavior because of our love for the Lord Jesus. Klyne Snodgrass wrote, “If one is joined  to Christ and shares in him, one cannot share in the lives of those practicing sexual sin and greed” (cf. 2 Cor. 6:14)

     In this passage Paul cites several sins that constitute  a dark life. He says that if we claim to belong to the Lord Jesus these sins should “not even be heard of among you” (Eph. 5:3) and that they are “not suitable”  for a believer (Eph. 5:4)  

     Paul  mentions the following  sins in this discourse:

     He gives a warning to those who would engage in these sins in Eph. 5:5-6

 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. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

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


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John 10:10