June 9, 2020
Paul has exhorted the Ephesian believers to walk in a manner worthy of their calling (Eph. 4:1), to walk in holiness, not as Gentiles walk (Eph. 4:17), and to walk in love (Eph. 5:2), by imitating God. He commands them to put off the old vices of an unregenerate heart and walk in the virtues of grace; these virtues are empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit. Paul now commands these believers to walk as children of light. They are not light, but they are the children of light, reflecting the greater Light – Christ.
The light of God’s truth dispels the darkness of this world. Whether the light of God’s word (the bible), or the Word of God incarnate (Jesus Christ), God illuminates our paths in a dark world. When we live lives in conformity with God’s Word and follow Christs example, we become righteous agents of light that expose and drive out darkness and wickedness both within and outside the church.
Please read Eph. 5:3-14
1. In the context of this letter what do you think Paul means by being deceived by empty words? (Eph. 4:3-7) What are some of the empty words of deceit that could deceive us at Church@Paravista?
2. Why would Paul call immoral, impure or greedy people idolaters? Define what idolatry is”? What are some of the idols within our culture that can entrap and enslave us? In what areas of your life are you most tempted toward idolatry?
3. Explain what covetousness means? Why is covetousness so destructive according to this passage? What is the root cause of covetousness?
4. In Eph. 4:7-14 a contrast between light and darkness is used. What is the purpose of this contrast? What are the fruits of a life that lives in the light?
5. The light metaphor speaks vividly of the Christians openness and transparency, of living joyfully in the presence of Christ, with nothing to hide or fear. To whom is this instruction given and what are they to expose? (Think in the context of Eph. 4:17- 5:14) As a child of light how do you expose evil around you?
6. Read John 1:1-5 and John 8:12 and 1 John 1:5-10. How do these texts reinforce what Paul has instructed? What comfort and encouragement can you take from the words of John?
7. Memory Verse
Eph. 5:1-2 “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.”