Ephesians 4:17 – 5:21
- Eph. 4:17-19 we are exhorted to walk differently than the unconverted Gentile world.
- Eph. 4:20-24 we are taught about New Creation, the great inward change that occurred when we were saved; i.e. the Old Man was put off, the New Man was put on.
- Eph. 4:25-32 we are exhorted that this inward change should have a resulting outward change in our lives.
- Eph. 5:1-7 we are exhorted to walk in love, our hearts responding to Christ’s love sacrifice. We are given to understand God’s view of sin; that He takes each individual act very seriously.
- Eph. 5:8-14 we are told what we are (light), and exhorted to walk as children of light.
- Eph. 5:15-17 we are given a divine knowledge of the Lord’s will for our pathway: that we need to be awake, be careful, be prudent, be wise, and be filled with the Spirit.
- How Not to Walk: a Picture of the Unconverted Gentile World (4:17-19)
- New Creation: The Great Inward Transformation (4:20-24)
- The Resulting Outward Transformation of Our Lifestyle (4:25-32)
- Walking in Love: a Life of Sacrifice and Obedience (5:1-7)
- Walking as Children of Light: Living up to what we are (5:8-14)
- Walking in Wisdom: How to be Preserved in the Path (5:15-21)
¶ 17a This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye should no longer walk as the rest of the nations walk v.17a As Christians living in a dark world, we can easily be influenced by the corrupted culture around us. We are exhorted to be different. We need this exhortation. Certain people (eccentric) like to be different, but most of us like to fit in. Furthermore, many believers come from a worldly background, and old habits die hard.
- “In the vanity of their mind“. They let their minds wander wherever they wanted. They let their thoughts go beyond the revealed mind of God. Essentially, they became their own god.
- “Darkened in understanding“. They lost the little knowledge they had of God (see Rom. 1:21).
- “Estranged from the life of God“. They became greatly distanced from God. The life of God (Eternal life) is only found in His Son; and they were a million miles away. Two reasons:
- By nature(“the ignorance which is in them”). There is nothing in man that responds to God, he is “dead in sins” (Eph. 2:1).
- By practice(“the hardness of their hearts”). They deliberately chose to walk away from God. Their ignorance was because their hearts were hard, not because they were slow mentally.
- “Having cast off all feeling“. Their lusts crossed the barrier of human sentiment. No natural affection, no pride of character, no shame, no prick of conscience, could restrain them from following their lusts.
- “Given themselves up to lasciviousness“. They pulled out all the stops, giving themselves and taking for themselves whatever they wanted. A viscous cycle developed; “greedy unsatisfied lust” is wanting things, taking things, and never being satisfied.
Knowing the Truth in Jesus (vv.20-21)
Knowing what Changes Occurred when We Received Jesus (vv.22-24)
Area #1: Truth vs. Falsehood (v.25)
Area #2: Righteous Anger vs. Fleshly Anger (vv.26-27)
Area #3: Giving vs. Stealing (v.28)
Area #4: Gracious Words vs. Corrupt Words (vv.29-30)
- Edifying. It will build the hearer up in some area of need. Perhaps it would be encouragement, comfort, knowledge, wisdom, or correction.
- Gracious. It will always be with the spirit of Christ (Luke 4:22).
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which ye have been sealed for the day of redemption. v.30 it would seem that the primary way that we grieve the spirit is by our words, although it could also be our actions. we are to be careful about our speech (1) because of who we are speaking to, v.29, and (2) because of the divine guest. but if we do grieve the spirit, he will not leave us, for we are “sealed for the day of redemption (bodies)”. c.p. with quenching (I thess. 5:19).
Area #5: Kindness and Forgiveness vs. Bitterness and Wrath (vv.31-32)
Exhortation to Walk in Love (vv.1-2)
What we Need to Avoid (vv.3-4a)
What we need to be Occupied with (v.4b)
We need to Understand about God’s View of Sin (vv.5-7)
- it Exposes man’s condition – this is primary character of light, it “lightens” or illuminates every man (John 3:20-21, Eph. 5:13).
- it is the knowledge of God’s character revealed in the person of the son – a knowledge that opens the spiritual eyes of a person to see the truth (II Cor. 4:6). our light will have this dual influence on this world.
What we are (Light) and the Corresponding Walk (vv.8-12)
- goodness – benevolence of nature.
- righteousness – consistency of heart and life to god’s standard.
- truth – purity from falsehood and conformity to reality.
10 proving what is agreeable to the Lord; v.10 positive result – we need to seek from scripture what the Lord wants us to do, and then proving it out experimentally. it is not a question of “is this or that ok?”… rather “what does he want me to do?”
What the Light does for us: Shows things as they are (vv.13-14)
Four Parts to Walking in Wisdom (vv.15-18)
|WALKING IN THE SPIRIT||FILLING WITH THE SPIRIT|
|The Goal||Perfect liberty in our practical walk||the spontaneous outflow of praise & worship|
|Grieving the spirit (Eph. 4:30) – to disobey an impulse of the spirit||quenching the spirit (1 Thess. 5:19) – to block the spirit’s filling, thus limiting outflow of praise.|
The Results of being Filled with the Spirit (vv.19-21)
- psalms – about the wilderness experience (e.g. #16 in the appendix).
- hymns – adsressed to a divine person (E.g. #135)
- spiritual songs – songs about the truth of god (E.g. #150)
20 giving thanks at all times for all things to him who is God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, v.20Result #2 – we will be occupied with prayers of thanksgiving (“at all times for all things”). these prayers will be addressed to our god and father, who is the source of every gift (Jam. 1:17). They will be prayed in the full name of: Lord (his authority as risen from the dead) Jesus (his manhood name, proximity to us) Christ (the annointed one, the glorified man of god’s counsels).