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In Ephesians chapter five the Bible says this about how to live a “Christian Lifestyle.”
Ephesians 5:1-15 – Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. 10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” 15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.
Now we must remember that these letters that form that majority of the New Testament are letters that were sent to those that have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. They were born again and had the Holy Spirit within them.
Yet we are instructed not to let certain things take place:
“Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.”
For these sins to be listed. Something must have taken place within Ephaesus to cause this particular pointing out of sinful behavior.
Case in point “no sexual immorality.” The other day I read an article where the youth pastor of a church was beaten by the father of the child. When the father caught this pastor touching his son in the wrong way. So, as you can see this man who went to a theological seminary or college and received a degree to be a pastor sinned.
There will be those out there that say this pastor was never saved. Which personally this really upsets me when people say this excuse. Why? Because of this from the book of Romans:
Romans 10:9-10 – If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.
These two verses show God’s love for all of humanity, Be they saved or unsaved. Sinner or saint. Believer, or heathen. Once someone does this they are saved.
But humans were given free-will. It is this free-will that makes humans like the wife of Hosea from the book of Hosea. Their free-will gets them into trouble. Why?
1 Corinthians 15:54 – So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Corruptible – G5349 – phthartos – perisable, corruptible
Corruptible – able to be made to do something dishonest or immoral per Cambridge Dictionary.
Even after we are saved, we are still able to fall into sin and do sinful things. However, as is shown in the verses I started this study with we are called not to do these things. As this pastor showed we can do dreadful things. This is why Christ said this:
John 15:1-10 – “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. 5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! 8 When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father. 9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.
Now we are getting to the core of today’s study. The very next verse that followed this list of sins in Ephesians.
Ephesians 5:6-9 – Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
You have light within you. Let us look to the words of Christ once again:
Matthew 6:19-24 – “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. 22 “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. 23 But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! 24 “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.
“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”
But why have this statement in the middle of talking about where our treasures are and money?
1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.
This is darkness. When a person’s focus is not on following the teachings of Christ, but upon seeking after their own wants and desires here on earth. That is living in sin and so not in the light.
Let us return to Ephesians again, this time in the KJV:
Ephesians 5:5 – For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Covetous man – G4123 – pleonektés – holding (desiring) more, eager for gain (avaricious, hence a defrauder)
Avaricious – showing an extremely strong wish to get or keep money or possessions
Defrauder – a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
- Swindle – to get money dishonestly from someone by deceiving or cheating them
Idolater – G1496 – eidólolatrés – an image (servant) or worshiper
- Image – 1) a visual representation of something
2) a mental conception held in common by members of a group and symbolic of a basic attitude and orientation
3) a popular conception (as of a person, institution, or nation) projected especially through the mass media
Most associate “image” as worshiping a stone image otherwise know as Idolatry. Yet as was just shown “image” as many other meanings. Many have fooled themselves into believing they are being truly “Christian” by seeking after wealth, rewards, and luxuries here on earth. Yet this is the opposite of what Christ Himself commands in Matthew 6. This is of the world as shown in 1 John 2.
The word “idolater” when researched within the TDNT it means that the person called this is diligently working to fulfil their greedy desire. Seeking after money which is considered an idol in Matthew 6:24. So working to gain money, prestige, a fancy house, a fancy car, fancy clothes is working for and toward the world as has been established here today form the Bible itself. Is living in sin and turning one’s back upon God and His Son our Savior Jesus Christ.
So those that call themselves “Christian” yet hold on to their wealth and seek more, and believe they are one with God fall into this group in Ephesians:
“Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.”
For how great is their darkness? For what they see as light is not that but is truly darkness.
Darkness – G4655 – skotos – shadiness, darkness, either physical or moral.
In a reading of the TDNT it is a very long and complicated study. The elements that made the most sense was that of the ways of Christ is light and remaining in and for the world is darkness. Most within the United States fall into the latter of these two descriptions.
Seeking after their own wants and desires. Seeking to be appealing to those about them by their looks and what they own. This is darkness. And so, they excuse these sins thinking all is right with themselves and God.
This reminds of one of my dreams where I was falling towards hell. I was in complete and utter darkness. As I fell I at times encountered groups of people singing hymns and saying prayers to God and Jesus. Holding each other’s hands in a circle yet they too were falling towards hell in the darkness.
Ponder upon this study and think and pray.