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Thoughts from Ephesians #45 Exalt God, Not Idols Eph. 5:4 “Corrupt Speech”

by Larry Miles

     In verse 4, Paul lists three sins that should never characterize the life of a Christian.

These are;

  1. Filthiness
  2. Foolish Talking
  3. Course Jesting

      Each of these can include what we might call sub topics.   Denny Petrillo, President of Bear Valley Bible Institute of Denver, Wrote the  following, “All three of the words used here are unique to the New Testament. 

     First, in this block is ‘filthiness,’ Not only did they engage in sexual avarice, they  talked about it. 

     Second, Silly talk. This refers to the talk of a fool who either does not believe in God or does not acknowledge His power. 

     Third, Paul lists  course jesting….”

     Whenever the Word of God instructs us to cease from the wrong kind of behavior, it  gives us a scriptural alternative.  That there is humor and laughing in the Scriptures is a fact. But  we all know that those  two attitudes, along with many other things in the  Bible can be used wrongly, even sinfully.

     The  Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thess. 5:18 that we must be known for “giving thanks.” We must always  have an attitude of gratitude  and a vocabulary of thanksgiving.

     We must replace idols  with true worship, the filling of the Holy Spirit. We must live in the Spirit as well as believing in the Holy Spirit.

 

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

 




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