25th/26th September 2021.
Ephesians Chapter 5. Living in and reflecting the light of Christ.
Paul said to the Christians at Ephesus, "You are the children that God dearly loves. So, follow His example" (5:1). In this way, you will become more and more like Jesus as you let the Holy Spirit work in your life. This will help you to "lead a life of love, just as Christ did" (5:2).
Then Paul listed some of their past sins (5:3-5). Like us, they had to leave these behind and live as God's holy people.
Some had sinned with their bodies, others with their mouths. There must be no sexual sin. Unholy jokes and foolish talk needed to stop. In its place, they should give thanks to God for saving them (5:4). Paul knew that the Holy Spirit would change their talk as they followed Him. Any person who continued to sin would not "share in the kingdom of Christ and of God" (5:5). He said, "God is angry with those who do not obey. Do not go with people like that" (5:6-7).
Paul continued, "At one time, you were in the dark. But now you are in the light because of what the Lord has done. Live like children of the light" (5:8). Light produces good things. Find out what good things please the Lord (5:9-10). Darkness produces nothing good. Paul said, "Everything that the light shines on becomes light. Wake up! Rise from the dead. Then Christ will shine on you" (5:13-14). May we reflect the light of Christ wherever we go!
Extracted from "EPHESIANS" Bible teaching commentary by Fred Morris, © 2000, 2018. [view here]
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