Walk In Your Father’s Light, part 2 (Ephesians 4:14-16)

Paul, wanting to urge the church to walk in the Father’s light, uses a quotation to exhort his readers. Many think the quote is a mashup of a few exhortations in Isaiah; some think it an early Christian hymn. Paul takes it and urges, “Wake up!” (3 Minutes/400 Words)

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Walk In Your Father’s Light, part 1 (Ephesians 5:7-14)

Not only is our Father a God of love (Ephesians 5:1-6), but He is also a God of light (Ephesians 5:7-14). In the passage before us, Paul tells us we are now "light in the Lord." We are to walk, Paul says, "as children of light." The fruit which is born from our lives is to be the fruit of light, that which is good and right and true. (4 Minutes / 700 Words)

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Walk In Your Father’s Love, part 2 (Ephesians 5:3-6)

Paul has just instructed his readers to imitate the love of God as demonstrated in the sacrificial cross of Christ (Ephesians 5:1-2). Our love is to be one which lays aside the self and lives for the betterment of others. It might seem odd, then, to hear Paul immediately move into an exhortation to flee sexual immorality, sexual impurity, and sexual covetousness. How is this an imitation of the love of God? (800 Words / 4 Minutes)

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Walk In Your Father’s Love, part 1 (Ephesians 5:1-2)

In other New Testament passages, believers are told to imitate God, to work towards godliness, because of the new nature Christ has implanted within them or because the Holy Spirit can enable and help them. Here, Paul takes a different angle. Believers are to imitate God because He is their Father, they are His children. It is because of this Father-child relationship that believers can expect a new life and way of being to flow. (3 Minutes / 500 Words)

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The New You (Continued)/ Hardworking, Edifying, And Kind (Ephesians 4.28-32)

(cont’d) Third, Paul told them to be hardworking — “Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.” We are to put off thieving and put on honest work because we want to share with others. (5 Minutes / 1000 Words)

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The New You: Truthful And Free Of Anger (Ephesians 4:25-27)

After reminding the Ephesians of what they had learned from Jesus, namely to put off the old and put on the new, Paul explained five areas to take off and put on. Like the removing of old garments and the putting on of fresh ones, the Christian life is one of putting off and putting on. (800 Words / 4 Minutes)

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United To Your New Self — Who You Are Not (Ephesians 4:17-19)

The transformation of the caterpillar into a butterfly stands as a poignant illustration of the truth Paul next communicates to the Ephesians. He dreams of the Ephesians living in the newness of life that is theirs in Christ. He dreams of a church which, given a new nature from Jesus, now sours in that new nature. He sees a people who, like the caterpillar now transformed, are now something entirely different than what they used to be… (5 Minutes / 1000 Words)

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The Maximal Functionality Of The Church (Ephesians 4:13-16)

Paul demonstrated how the word of God is meant to interact with the body of Christ to build it up for a life of ministry. Much of this ministry is to one another. How long will this Christ-designed method continue? “Until we all attain,” is how Paul puts it, listing various elements which ought to grow within the church. The word must interact with us until these elements are realized. (4 Minutes / 800 Words)

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Enjoy Christ’s Gift (Ephesians 4:11-12)

God has, Paul told us, given each believer enabling grace. If the blood of Christ covers us, we are part of the larger body of believers. From His exalted seat in heaven, Christ pours out His grace and Spirit to aid us in the church's work. He is our head. We are His body. (4 Minutes / 700 Words)

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