June 14, 2020
In today’s lesson, Paul, for the 5th and final time in this letter to the Ephesian believers issues a command to Walk. This command introduces the final section of this letter. He commands these believers to “Walk in Wisdom”. In Eph. 5:15-21, he gives the general principles for a wise lifestyle. Then for the balance of the letter particular household codes are given to describe a wise walk in relation to husbands and wives, children and parents, employers and employees. Finally, a wise walk is then described when a believer puts on the whole armor of God.
Please read Eph. 5:15-21
1. What does it mean to… “Look carefully at how we walk”? What happens when we are careless in our walk?
2. What does it mean to… “make the best use of time”? Why should we redeem time? How does this principle overcome evil? What are some of the challenges you face in redeeming time for the Lord? How can you improve this discipline as part of your walk?
3. How does Paul contrast the foolish and those with understanding? How does the bible describe a fool? (Proverbs 1:7,32; 10:8,10,14,18,23; 12:15-16,23; Psalm 14:1) What are the wise to understand?
4. How is the will of the Lord described in Ephesians? (Eph. 1:5,9,11. How do these descriptions relate to Eph. 5:16? What do you think Paul’s point is? What does it mean to understand God’s will?
5. What is the contrast and command that are stated in Eph. 5:18? How is “being filled” described in other parts of Ephesians? (Eph.1:23; 3:19; 4:10,13) What are believers filled with (content) according to Ephesians? What is the means of this filling?
6. What are the four results of being filled by the Spirit according to this passage? Which one of these results are the most difficult for you? How can you develop your life in these areas?
7. What is another result of walking in wisdom according to Col. 4:2-6?