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Walking in Purity, pt. 3

Ephesians 5:2-8

http://gbcdecatur.org/sermons/130731.mp3

In chapter 4 we put off, put on, and put away some things. Next, we see that walking in purity involves love and light.

v. 2, 8 We are to walk in love and walk in the light.

This is based on the assumption that we are children of God.

v. 1 'Follower' = mimic/imitate.

ill.--a man was walking in the snow to the tavern. He turned around to see his boy following him, taking big strides. "I'm coming in your tracks, dad!" Dad decided to track in a different direction.

Children like to imitate their parents. This fact can be humorous, heartwarming, and sometimes irritating. Little girls want to wear mom's makeup or heels or jewelry. Little boys follow dad around while he mows, using their own little plastic mower.

ill.--commercial: like father, like son? [boy copies dad on everything, including smoking cigarettes]

Kids learn more from our actions than our words. We don't get what we want, we get what we ARE.

And so Paul tells us to imitate our Father by walking in the light and in love. Walk-ins welcome! Walk in purity, walk in the light, walk in love!

1. Walking in love.

a. Example of love in the life of Jesus.

v. 2 Jesus is the example. He came as an offering. Because He was virgin born, He could die for OUR sins. If not, He would've had to die for his own sins. He was born as an example.

His baptism was an example. "In whom I am well pleased." = watch Him/listen to Him/follow Him.

Then He went about touching people you and I would consider untouchable, like lepers, poor, filthy, diseased, outcast, crippled. Imagine how unloved they felt. Their spouse couldn't touch them, nor could their kids. They couldn't sit on a rock or drink from a stream.

Maybe you are one of the devil's untouchables. Because of sin, you feel unloved, unclean, unworthy, and untouchable. Jesus loves you, and is willing to touch you. And He's an example to all of us of who we should be willing to touch. I can change that diaper, I can wipe that kid's nose, I can go to people of that race, I can speak to that homeless man, I can make that hospital visit, I can clean that mess, I can touch the untouchable because I was untouchable and yet He touched me!

a. Example of love in the life of Jesus.

b. Expression of love in the death of Jesus.

v. 2 "given Himself for us an offering."

Love always expresses itself in giving.

When a man loves a woman, he brings flowers, candy, maybe a ring! And Jesus loves us so much he shows up on our doorstep with a gift!

This death was voluntary...He gave Himself. He walked up Calvary's hill, He wasn't dragged.

You and I don't decide when to die, but Jesus did, and gave up the ghost! He wasn't murdered/executed, no man took His life from Him.

This death was vicarious...He did it for us...in our place!

We are Barabbas! We are guilty, and set free, because the innocent took our place. Did He watch from a distance the beating, the crucifixion? "That should have been me!" "I should have been crucified..."


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