This sermon was based on Ephesians 5:8-21.
Live in Love
Dark and Light
You WERE darkness; now you ARE light not in yourselves, but in the Lord. So…live/walk as though that is the case.
What results from the light? ALL goodness, righteousness and truth. In contrast to the deeds of darkness which are unfruitful and even shameful to mention. We must be careful not to so participate in the deeds of darkness which are not fitting for children of light.
Don’t confuse this with shaming or shunning sinners, because as Paul reminds us in 1 Cor 6 we were all once such. Paul talks of exposing deeds of darkness. What he means here is to show these things for what they are. To bring light to bear, so that no one is fooled. Don’t be tempted to blur the lines. Light and dark are opposites.
Foolish and Wise
Two more opposites. Written to believers. Be wise. The other option is being foolish. V 15 instructs us to be careful, to give close attention to how you walk/live. It’s not a flippant thing, or something easily attained without effort.
In his first letter to Corinth, Paul says do not be children in your thinking. Learn. Grow up. Attend to wisdom.
- By knowing God’s will and ways. That is wisdom. Again it will be counter to what the world around us says is wisdom. How will we know the will of God? By paying close attention to what is written in the Bible, and by being those who are filled with his Spirit.
Drunk and Filled
.Paul takes this opportunity to contrast two other ways of life. Drunkenness was prevalent in society as it is now! It seems Paul uses this command to make a comparison with being filled with the Spirit.
So often, people think Christianity is about DON’Ts but for every DON’T in our passage, there’s a DO. Life in Christ is full of DOs. It’s positive, not negative. DO be filled with the Spirit. DO be under the influence of God in the way you conduct yourself.
DON’T be someone who comes to church and sings songs of praise and adoration to God, and then goes out into the rest of the week under the influence of drink, or drugs, or pornography or attitudes of strife. Paul uses the contrast because there are some similarities.
DO be people whose lives are full of the signs of the Spirit, which are:
speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs,
singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord,
always giving thanks to God the Father for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.