One of the hardest things for Christians to do is fight our urge to walk in the ways of the world. It’s hard for us to separate ourselves when our culture is all around us daily telling us sin is not that bad. We read in the Bible how what the world accepts as a way of life the Bible condemns as sin. I’m not talking about subjects like homosexuality (which is sin by the way) or adultery (which is sin), but I’m talking about our speech and our daily walk in this world.

1 aTherefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

2   and awalk in love, just as Christ also bloved 1you and cgave Himself up for us, an doffering and a sacrifice to God 2as a efragrant aroma.

3 But aimmorality 1or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among 2saints;

4   and there must be no afilthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which bare not fitting, but rather cgiving of thanks.

5   For this you know with certainty, that ano 1immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom bof Christ and God.

6 aLet no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things bthe wrath of God comes upon cthe sons of disobedience.

7   Therefore do not be apartakers with them;

8   for ayou were formerly bdarkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as cchildren of Light

9   (for athe fruit of the Light consists in all bgoodness and righteousness and truth),

10 1atrying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.

11 aDo not participate in the unfruitful bdeeds of cdarkness, but instead even 1dexpose them;

12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.

13 But all things become visible awhen they are 1exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

14 For this reason 1it says,

aAwake, sleeper,

And arise from bthe dead,

And Christ cwill shine on you.”

15 Therefore 1be careful how you awalk, not bas unwise men but as wise,

16 1amaking the most of your time, because bthe days are evil.

17 So then do not be foolish, but aunderstand what the will of the Lord is.

18 And ado not get drunk with wine, 1for that is bdissipation, but be cfilled with the Spirit,

19 aspeaking to 1one another in bpsalms and chymns and spiritual dsongs, esinging and making melody with your heart to the Lord;

20 aalways giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to 1bGod, even the Father;

211aand be subject to one another in the 2bfear of Christ. [1]

I’m not sure what else I can do to explain this passage anymore than how God explained it in His Word.  The Bible warns us many times about our walk in Christ. We are given very clear instructions about how we are to behave and how we are to live. God does not give any exceptions to His requirements for us. In verse 21, I find it interesting how we are told to do these things in “fear of Christ.” Why are we told to fear Christ? The answer is seen in Proverbs 1:7.

Proverbs 1:7 (NASB)

7The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and instruction.

God is love, and God is faithful to those whom He has called. Salvation belongs to the Lord, (Jonah 2:9) and we are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We are no longer our own, but we belong to Christ who is our master. When we grasp these truths it will reveal to us why we should strive to follow God’s commandments and walk in the way the Lord has instructed us to walk in life. By fearing God for Who He is, it will put us in our place as His servants. Our Lord is a righteous and holy Master who loves us, but He demands that we serve Him as He has instructed us in His Word.

Sin will chain us down and destroy us (Romans 6:23). Sin will bring us to our knees and break us like a terrible slave master. Sin seeks to destroy us while Christ seeks to cleanse us (Romans 5:19-22, Romans 6:5-11, Romans 4:6-8) . When we are observing our co-workers, our neighbors, and the world around us, let us remember Jesus’s instructions to us and how we are to walk as Christians. Let’s pray for these people that God’s Grace will come upon them. Let us pray that Christ strengthens us to walk in righteousness in spite of how the world views our walk. Our Lord is Lord of all, and He has redeemed us. It is my prayer that we live as we should and fight this battle with the power of prayer and studying the Word of God. Jesus loved us enough to die for us (John 3:16) even though we do not deserve His salvation (Romans 5:7-9). Therefore we all should strive to be all that we can be in Christ.

The battle is not easy, and our enemy is all around us. Sometimes the enemy is seen in carnal Christians who teach that we can change God’s requirements just because we need to be relevant to the world. This line of thinking does not reflect the fear of Christ and how we should fear and respect the Lord our God who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If we fear God, if we love God, and if we respect God then we will submit to His Word and follow all of His commandments even when those commandments are unpopular. By walking in Christ we have victory over our sins. If we obey God’s commandments He will give us comfort and victory over the world and our sinful desires (Matthew 11:29-30). If we walk in the ways of the world we will be a slave to our carnal nature (Col 2:8) which will destroy our peace, our walk with God, our testimony, and our witness.

aMatt 5:48; Luke 6:36; Eph 4:32

aRom 14:15; Col 3:14

bJohn 13:34; Rom 8:37

1One early ms reads us

cJohn 6:51; Rom 4:25; Gal 2:20; Eph 5:25

dHeb 7:27; 9:14; 10:10, 12

2Lit for an odor of fragrance

eEx 29:18, 25; 2 Cor 2:14

aCol 3:5

1Lit and all

2Or holy ones

aMatt 12:34; Eph 4:29; Col 3:8

bRom 1:28

cEph 5:20

a1 Cor 6:9; Col 3:5

1I.e. one who commits sexual immorality

bCol 1:13

aCol 2:8

bRom 1:18; Col 3:6

cEph 2:2

aEph 3:6

aEph 2:2

bActs 26:18; Col 1:12f

cJohn 12:36; Rom 13:12

aGal 5:22

bRom 15:14

1Lit proving what

aRom 12:2

a1 Cor 5:9; 2 Cor 6:14

bRom 13:12

cActs 26:18; Col 1:12f

1Or reprove

d1 Tim 5:20

aJohn 3:20f

1Or reproved

1Or He

aIs 26:19; 51:17; 52:1; 60:1; Rom 13:11

bEph 2:1

cLuke 1:78f

1Lit look carefully

aEph 5:2

bCol 4:5

1Lit redeeming the time

aCol 4:5

bGal 1:4; Eph 6:13

aRom 12:2; Col 1:9; 1 Thess 4:3

aProv 20:1; 23:31f; Rom 13:13; 1 Cor 5:11; 1 Thess 5:7

1Lit in which is

bTitus 1:6; 1 Pet 4:4

cLuke 1:15

aCol 3:16

1Or yourselves

b1 Cor 14:26

cActs 16:25

dRev 5:9

e1 Cor 14:15

aRom 1:8; Eph 5:4; Col 3:17

1Lit the God and Father

b1 Cor 15:24

1Lit being subject

aGal 5:13; Phil 2:3; 1 Pet 5:5

2Or reverence

b2 Cor 5:11

[1]New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Eph 5:1-21). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.


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