Ephesians 5:7-15

In Ephesians 5:7-15 Paul exhorts the church to not live their lives habitually connected to sin. As Christ Followers, the light is on and sin is obvious to us. So we need to make the choice of repentance and focus on living a life that is God honoring. We need to put aside our old ways and live as the new creation we become as believers. “Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.”

He challenges us to live as ‘children of the light’ because upon salvation, that is exactly who we become. And as such, we need to live differently, focused on figuring out and living a life pleasing to God. We now have the Holy Spirit within us, so need to live as God’s creation. Paul tells us that we need to avoid taking part in things that are ungodly. “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Paul wants us to identify and understand things that are not of God, not so we have something to talk about, but so we can educate ourselves and avoid falling to them.

Paul is clear that much sin happens under darkness or behind closed doors. But God sees all and knows all. There are no unnoticed sins by the Father. “For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.” We need to live life in the light, knowing that all things are exposed and known by God. “But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” To think we can get away with sinning in any way is foolish. All things will come to be known as the light shines upon them.

Paul warns us to wake up and look at how we walk with Christ. His light is shining on us. We need to make sure we use our time wisely. “Look carefully then how you walk…” Spurgeon explained “This sleepiness in the Christian is exceedingly dangerous, too, because he can do a great deal while he is asleep that will make him look as if he were quite awake.”

  • We can speak when we are asleep
  • We can hear when we are asleep
  • We can walk when we are asleep
  • We can sing when we are asleep
  • We can think when we are asleep”

Spurgeon continues “The man who is asleep does not care what becomes of his neighbors; how can he while he is asleep? And oh! Some of you Christians do not care whether souls are saved or damned… It is enough for them if they are comfortable. If they can attend a respectable place of worship and go with others to heaven, they are indifferent about everything else.”

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