Walk in Love
5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
Wives and Husbands
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5 Commentary
by Hank Workman
There is a subtle downward slope that can happen to any Believer who is not standing firm and working on their relationship with Jesus daily. It is a slope that is ever present and always a temptation. This slope, so gentle in appearance, is one many can find their foot upon. It is the slope of returning to what you’ve been delivered from.
Paul clearly charges we are to be a people and Followers of Jesus who live a life of worthiness and become imitators of God. We are to operate in grace and love. But more on point to what he writes here we are to stay clear of things that once marked us. Even more specifically we are to slam the door shut to the ’empty words’ of others that lure us into thinking and a mindset of which we’ve been set free from. Our culture today continues to bombard us with such compromise.
There is such a mix today of false teachings and doctrines. They tickle the ear. There is a slow integration of many New Age ideologies that have slowly made their way into so many thought. These are one of the many subtle slopes we encounter as often times – false teachings, blurred lines of right and wrong and New Age reasons seem good. Many a Believer attempts to marry these with faith. That is outright wrong. These are things of darkness. These are things as Paul speaks, bring wrath.
Clearly, Paul says to have nothing to do with such fruitless things. Instead we are to expose them.
The questions to consider is where do we stand today, at this moment on such a subtle slope of deception? Are there areas of our lives we once were delivered from that we’ve walked back to? Are we filling our mind with the things and thoughts of this world or of the words of Jesus? Have we become blinded to the destruction of which path we may be on?
People, slam the door shut to the past. Unplug the teachings from those who are not sold out Believers in Jesus. Our spiritual health and future depends upon it!
Ephesians 5 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
For this reason, it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.”
I’ve researched this phrase, and it must have been familiar to those he was writing to. Some think it came from Isaiah. Many others think it may have been from the writings of Jeremiah. Still, others believe it was taken from a song or hymn that would have been familiar to those people during that time.
I tend to agree with the latter. It seems it was a familiar chorus that would have been sung during a baptism. You can picture the symbolism here of the person coming out of the water. Awake sleeper and rise! However, the real point is, there is a stark contrast between the person who is asleep and the person who is awake. Remember, Paul is writing to Christians in the church!
Sleeping = Ignorant, Indifferent, Comfortable, Silent, Isolated, & Selfish
This is the condition of one who knows the truth but chooses to go to sleep instead of take up his or her spiritual armor and join the battle. Can a solider fight on the battlefield when his eyes and ears are closed? Of course, we know, the longer you sleep, the more soundly you sleep, and the better it feels!
“In His hands you lie and sleep, and if He but turn them you slide to rise no more.”E. D. Griffin
“The man who is asleep does not care what becomes of his neighbors; how can he while he is asleep? And oh! Some of you Christians do not care whether souls are saved or damned. It is enough for them if they are comfortable. If they can attend a respectable place of worship and go with others to heaven, they are indifferent about everything else.”Charles Spurgeon
Paul is urging the church to WAKE UP! What’s the greatest prayer for a drowsy person based on Paul’s writings?
always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father;Ephesians 5:20 NASB
No matter what we are dealing with, a Spirit-filled life is marked by thankfulness (joy) in all situations. We have been gifted with the ultimate weapon against anything that would come our way. We are saved by grace through faith. It’s a dose of fresh awakening from the Gospel. Giving thanks for what Jesus has done is a powerful force that brings clarity and sobriety.