Summary: 2 of ? Paul exhorted the Ephesian church toward a telling/distinctive/indicative walk. God’s people have a telling walk. But What is telling about it? A thankful/telling walk is...
ALWAYS For ALL THINGS--II—Ephesians 5:15-21
OR--A Distinctive Walk
For Thanksgiving Sunday
Christians all have a life-“walk” that distinguishes them from the walk of the world.
Paul exhorted the Ephesian church toward a telling/distinctive/indicative walk.
God’s people have a(n) telling/distinctive/indicative walk.
What is telling/distinctive/indicative about the walk of God’s people?
*When is the walk of God’s people indicative?
7 indicators of a thankful/Christian walk.
This morning we found that A thankful/telling walk is...
1. An ACCURATE WALK(:15)
This evening we will find that...
2—A thankful/telling walk is also...
A REDEMPTIVE WALK(:16)
:16—“redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
One’s accurate/precise walk in God’s wisdom(:15) is seen in the practical prioritization of God’s desire over & above their own fleshly(self-serving) desire.
Believers who are commended of God will be those who “redeem the time” that they have remaining on earth. They will gladly & effectively ‘trade in’ their own time in exchange for new purposes...for living & giving their time to & thus for God.
Those who prioritize the redemption of their time for God, do so because they recognize the reality that the “days” in which they live “are evil.”
That is, in recognizing that “evil” is a reality & is both temporally & eternally deadly, they simultaneously recognize that God’s desire is the only effective counter to “evil.”
The Holy Spirit thru Paul is telling us to make the most of every moment by seizing each moment for the glory of God! Believers readily trade ‘their’ time for God’s time!
“Redeeming”—exagorazw—Present Middle Participle Nominative Plural Masc.—1) To redeem—1a) By payment of a price to recover from the power of another, to ransom, buy off, 1b) metaph.--Of Christ freeing the elect from the dominion of the Mosaic Law at the price of his vicarious death; 2) To buy up, to buy up for one's self, for one's use—2a) To make wise & sacred use of every opportunity for doing good, so that zeal & well doing are as it were the purchase money by which we make the time our own. Strong—To buy up, i.e. Ransom; figuratively--To rescue from loss(improve opportunity). Used 4X.
From—ek/ex—1) Out of, from, by, away from. Strong—a primary preposition denoting origin(the point whence action or motion proceeds), From, out(of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote).—&—agorazw—properly--To go to market, i.e. by implication--To purchase; specially--To redeem.
“Time”—kairov—Noun Masc.—1) Due measure; 2) A measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence:—2a) A fixed & definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for, 2b) Opportune or seasonable time, 2c) The right time, 2d) A limited period of time, 2e) To what time brings, the state of the times, the things & events of time. Kairov denotes a definitely limited portion of time with the added notion of suitableness. Strong—of uncertain affinity; An occasion, i.e. Set or proper time.