Summary: Walk in Light of God
Read Eph. 5:1-20
5:1 Be Imitators of God: Child-father metaphor, if child spend time with parent then they will have the same lifestyles. More time in prayer, meditation, study of word makes us like Jesus Christ. Christian walk in all seriousness is the theme of this chapter. Love, judgment, light, wisdom, and fullness of the Holy Spirit are five contextual reasons. Imitate him in ethics, in suffering, in obedience, in work, in prayer, and in love.
5:2.Walk in love: Give you asoffering and sacrifice.1).Love is agape, based on principle and not an emotion. Love the unlovable. 2.) Love is sacrifice. 3). Love is reconciling. He brought complete relationship.
5:3-7 Walk in Judgment: Walk in love does not mean to sin. He strongly emphasis the concept of Ten Commandments and the Leviticus rules of conduct in theses verses.
V.6 he strongly warns these will not enter in to the kingdom of God. Living life as though God is nothing to do with me is more tragic in the world. Judgment is inevitable II Cor. 5:10, Heb. 9:27. As the Love is sure the Wrath of God is also sure on children of disobedience.
5:8-14 Walk in Light: Move from darkness to light from mold to new lifestyles. Reflect Him. Jn 8:12. and Mt 5:14-15. Let your light shine before all.
5:15-17 walk in wisdom: I cor. 1:20, 21; 3:19, II Cor. 1:12. The wisdom and knowledge is not what we know but we do and practice. The knowledge of God is embodied in our day-to-day life. It is not the bookish or head knowledge but the working knowledge. It is not the degree what we hold but what we practice. The wise in God does correctly but the ignorant does everything wrong.
5:18-20 Walk with fullness of the Spirit: The HS filled life always gives strength to walk in love, judgment, light and Wisdom. Without the Spirit of God it would be Enlightenment and empowerments are the two blessings of HS. Under whose control is my body, spirit and mind? Is it under alcohol, greed, lust, covetousness, anything else?If HS fills our heart then where is the place for anything else.