for this week: 2 Pet 3:17 Ye therefore,
beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also,
being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own
stedfastness. 2 Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for
Chapter 4, we
discussed how we should have the same mind when it comes to the
fundamentals of the faith. We also covered about the spiritual
gifts that God gives each believer, and how we should use those for
the glory of the Lord. This week we get into chapter 5 of Ephesians
which primarily deals with the conduct of the believer. We should
walk circumspectly before the world and the church that we might be
a positive influence to see others come to know Christ.
I. The Walk of the Believer as
Godís Dear Child
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in
love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an
offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
God is our
leader, and we should follow Him. The biggest battle we have at
times is the fact that we donít want Jesus in the pilot seat, we
want to fly the plane. But weíll be much more successful if we let
Jesus be the pilot in the front seat, and we take a position of
co-pilot in the back seat. Satan doesnít want the child of God to
let the Holy Spirit direct our life. But it is the best and only
way to have the most fulfilling life possible.
The LORD is my
shepherd; I shall not want.
I am the
good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
In verse 2 we
are commanded to walk in love. When we talk of love, there is no
greater love than the love God showed to us when He sent His son,
Jesus Christ to die for us. And he loved us when we were truly
unlovable, in our lost condition.
Romans 5: But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for
There is no
greater love than to lay down your life for your friend. That makes
Christís sacrifice even that much greater, since we were Godís
enemies at that time.
5:10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the
death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by
5:11 And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be
once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor
foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather
giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor
unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any
inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
God wants our
lives to be pure and without sin as much as is humanly possible. We
see there are four classes of people who have no inheritance.
3. Covetous men
We know that
only Christ can cleanse us from these sins and make us acceptable to
God. In our recent study of Corinthians, Paul spoke of how many
would not inherit the kingdom of God, and how that many in the
church had been like those.
Cor 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the
kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with
Cor 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers,
nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
Cor 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are
sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and
by the Spirit of our God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things
cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not
ye therefore partakers with them.
should always be on the alert. People can be deceived when they
let down their guard. This also happens when we donít study our
bibles and grow in wisdom and grace that we can truly know the
truth. We can really be deceived when we donít take God at His
Word, and Iíll add when we donít let Godís Word be the final
authority on right and wrong. So many want to decide what is right
and wrong themselves. God sets the rules, and when we want to know
if something is right or wrong, we need to simply look to scripture
We are warned to
not be partakers with the children of disobedience.
1 Timothy 5:22 Lay
hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other menís sins:
keep thyself pure.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness,
but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For
the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and
truth;) 10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove
them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are
done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made
manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
We are called
children of light, and we should let the light show in our lives to
honor the Father. If no one can see any difference in us, there
will be no attraction to the lost sinner. But when Christís love
radiates from us, we truly are magnetic and others have a desire to
be near us and like us.
Matthew 5:16 Let your
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Godís desire is
for us to walk in light, and to turn from sin and the darkness of
this old evil world. We are commanded to have no fellowship with
those who live in sin because their deeds are displeasing in Godís
sight. God is angry with the wicked every day the bible says, and
we should love what God loves (goodness and righteousness) and hate
what He hates. (Sin and evil)
In the King
James Version Commentary, the author comments on verse 11 & 12.
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.
The Greek present imperative means stop having joint-participation
with the barren works of darkness. These works yield no profit and
no reward. They do produce bitterness, pain, and disgrace. Darkness
suggests action and habits characteristic to a life of sin. But
rather reprove them. Not just abstain, but expose them by a
consistent life. We are to express our disapproval by word and
action, by the light of right living and loving example, thus
attracting them from the destruction of darkness to the light of
salvation in Christ (Jn 3:19Ė20).
John 3:19-21 And
this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men
loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the
light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be
reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth
cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they
are wrought in God.
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the
dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk
circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time,
because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but
understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with
wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Christ is light
and He will give us light if we will but arise and walk in the
leadings of the Holy Spirit. We are to walk circumspectly in this
life, meaning to be cautious and watchful. We have more at stake
than what many understand.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober,
be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
We need to use
our time wisely, knowing that we have only Ďtodayí in which to serve
God and accomplish His Will in our lives. Many people want to
either live in the future (which never gets here), or dwell in the
past where we can never return. Today is the day of the Lord, and
we should rejoice in it, and redeem the time. I heard a young lady
singing a song on the radio yesterday, and she said that we need to
realize the choices we make to do good or evil affect not only
ourselves, but all generations that follow after us. Sounds a bit
intimidating, but consider that each person makes up the world. So
if we live Godly, we affect those around us in a positive manner.
Likewise if we do evil. As that little saying goes, we will either
be remembered for the problems we helped to solve or the problems we
created. If I know my heart, I want to be part of the cure, not the
problem. And to be effective, we have to understand the will of
the Lord and be led by the Holy Spirit.
II. The Inner Life of the
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving
thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of
our Lord Jesus Christ;
God wants us to
speak to ourselves in psalms and hymns and Spiritual songs. Some
religious groups use this verse to prove that instrumental music
should not be used in our services. But that is not in harmony with
all the rest of scripture.
Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the
firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise
him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the
sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4
Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed
instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise
him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath
breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
Here in Psalms
we are clearly taught to praise God in His sanctuary with stringed
instruments such as the psaltery and the harp. Since this is the
Word of God and given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, we can
certainly accept it with confidence and know it is profitable for
our instruction. Verse 20 says we should give thanks for all things
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
III. Analogy of
Husband and Wife with Christ and the Church
yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22 Wives, submit
yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the
husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the
church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the
church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own
husbands in every thing.
We are to submit
ourselves one to another in the fear of the Lord. A wives first
duty is to her husband. He is to be the head of the wife and home.
Popular teachings and psychologists of today want to restructure the
family unit, but there has never been a better plan than Godís for
how a family should be structured. He relates the home being
patterned after the church. As the man looks to Christ who is the
head of the church, the woman is to look to the man to guide the
family. Many men do not want the responsibility and try to push
this off on their wives, but God is not pleased when we do not
follow His plan. Christ is the savior of the body verse 23 says,
and the wife is to subject to the husband in all things.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and
gave himself for it;
Christ loves His
Acts 20:28 Take heed
therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which
he hath purchased with his own blood.
The church was
no after thought with the Lord, and the family was ordained of God
even before there was a record of man worshipping the Lord. If God
so loved the church, and ordained the family even before it, how
much should we honor the Lord by following His plans for how it
should be designed and operated. Men are commanded to love their
wives. While women are to be subject to their husbands, it is
interesting that they were not directly commanded to love their
husbands. But a true marriage is based upon mutual love between
husband and wife.
3:18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit
in the Lord.
3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by
the word, 27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church,
not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should
be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as
their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
sanctified the church by paying the penalty for sin. The church
will one day be the bride of Christ, and it will be presented unto
Himself as a glorious church not having spot nor winkle Verse 28
speaks of how husbands should love his wife as his own body. We
know that when a man takes a wife, the two of them become Ďone
fleshí in the eyes of the Lord.
2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a
woman, and brought her unto the man.
2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my
flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and
shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not
10:6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and
10:7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and
cleave to his wife;
10:8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more
twain, but one flesh.
10:9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put
We see parallel
teaching as we see how Christ was willing to leave His father to
come and pay the price for His church. A man should be willing to
leave his father and mother for his wife.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and
cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 For we are members of
his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a
man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife,
and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I
speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every
one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the
wife see that she reverence her husband.
The lesson on
the husband and wife is a lesson on not only how we should live, but
how the church will one day be the bride of Christ. God expects us
to be faithful to our church like we are to our wife. You come home
to be with your wife at the close of a day. Do you come to the
services when your church meets. We recently signed up for digital
service on our cable service for the television, and while we donít
subscribe to movie channels, we now have like over 200 channels of
every thing you could imagine. One of the new channels is called
the game show channel which replays old game shows of the sixties
and seventies. We were watching an old re-run of Family Feud where
people have to match the answers of the audience. One of the
questions during the show was ďHow many times do you go to church
each year?Ē The first lady guessed 52. If my memory is accurate,
3 people out of 100 agreed. Her husband guessed 12, and 13 people
agreed with that answer. What was the number one answer to how
many times do you go to church in a year. The number one answer was
2. Weíve fell far short of what Godís desires are for his people
when we show up at Easter and Christmas. God help us to be
faithful to Godís church in this upcoming year.
10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to
10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more,
as ye see the day approaching.
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[i]Jerry Falwell, executive editor; Edward E.
Hinson and Michael Kroll Woodrow, general editors, KJV
Bible commentary [computer file], electronic ed., Logos
Library System, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson) 1997, c1994.
[ii]The King James Version, (Cambridge: