Summary: 5 of 5. 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--V—Ephesians 5:15-21
OR--A Distinctive Walk
A developing embryo is genetically different from the sperm & egg that created it.
A human being has 46 chromosomes.
A sperm & egg each have just 23 chromosomes.
A geneticist can easily distinguish between the DNA of an embryo & the DNA of a sperm or egg.
However, that same geneticist cannot distinguish between the DNA of a developing embryo & the DNA of a full-grown human being....Because they are one-&-the-same. The foundational building blocks of every person are present immediately upon conception!
By their ‘Distinctive’ DNA makeup, a living person commands respect as a person, no matter the age!
An airline pilot flying blind with only the use of instruments.
Christians all have a life-“walk” that distinguishes them from the walk of the world. And their Distinctive Walk commands respect for God & all that is God’s.
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 telling/distinctive/indicative?
7 indicators of a Christian walk.
We have seen that A telling walk is...
1. An ACCURATE WALK(:15)
2. A REDEMPTIVE WALK(:16)
3. An INSIGHTFUL WALK(:17)
4. An UNCOMPROMISING WALK(:18)
5. A SHARING WALK(:19)
6—A telling walk is...
A GRATEFUL WALK(:20)
:20—“giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,”
People who truly “walk as children of light”(:8) with God’s song in their hearts(:18-19) also have a pre-disposition toward continual gratefulness. These are “always” thankful. These are “thankful” under & “for” “all” circumstances. They are thankful because “God the Father,” though He wounds or chastises, He likewise also restores as do fathers with their children(Heb. 12:7).
God restores & redeems thru the saving grace of Jesus Christ Who is the “Lord” of the saved! All of our thankfulness is only rightly expressed “in the name of our Lord” who is Jesus(Savior) the Christ(Anointed) of God. The “name” encompasses every aspect of “God the Father’s” design for mankind & His Kingdom in Christ.
Regarding being “thankful” “for all things”(both good & bad):
Isa. 43:1-3—“But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia & Seba in your place.”
Job 5:17-18—(Eliphaz)--“Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. For He bruises, but He binds up; He wounds, but His hands make whole.”