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Thoughts from Ephesians # 54 The Effects of the Spirit (Eph. 5:19)

by Larry Miles

     Eph. 5:19-21 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; 20 always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.

     When people focus their thoughts on the things that are  above (Col. 3:1-3), they look to the  Word of God. They also seek to  worship the Lord in “spirit and in truth.” We will always be a faithful people expressing  a desire to imitate God.  David Lipscomb and J W. Shepherd  wrote the following over 100 years ago,

     “Speaking His praise, remembering and giving thanks for His mercies, softens and opens our hearts to a fuller appreciation of His blessings, fills them with fuller sense of gratitude to God, and fits us more and more to dwell with and enjoy Him in the fullness of His blessings forever.” 

     We  must be wise in our use of the Spirit’s gifts, and let Him FILL us with His gifts and power.  Jack Cottrell writes the following, “How does being filled with the Spirit show in our lives? The list of ways would no doubt be very long, but Paul limits himself here to four things that  should result when the Spirit gets control. This is seen in verses 19-21.”

Christians submit to one another “in the fear of Christ” or out  of reverence for Christ.  this means that  we stand in awe of Christ. Believers  stand in awe not only of His holiness but also of His forgiveness (Ps. 130:4)  Since we belong to Christ’s kingdom, we gladly submit to His rule and serve others with  compassion.

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




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