Lesson Scriptures: Ephesians 5:8-21
Key Lesson Theme: “Filled With The Spirit”
Today's Lesson: Tuesday, June 21
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light—
9 for the fruit of the light consists of all goodness, righteousness, and truth—
10 testing what is pleasing to the Lord.
11 Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead expose them.
12 For it is shameful even to mention what is done by them in secret.
13 Everything exposed by the light is made visible,
14 for what makes everything visible is light. Therefore it is said: Get up, sleeper, and rise up from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.
They no longer were what they once were. Because they are light, then they should walk as children of light. Their conduct would conform to their character; their character would shape their conduct.
The nature of light is to shine. It dispels darkness and exposes what could not be seen. Children of light—the offspring of the Lord’s purifying light—have a similar responsibility. They are to shine like the light they are, dispelling the darkness of sin and exposing the truth about life and its fullness as manifested in Christ.
However, even believers need counsel to avoid certain things lest they get trapped unexpectedly in some vice, practice, or temptation. Believers in Jesus are not to share in the company of anything related to or coming from darkness.
How are believers to respond to evil? We could just ignore it, thinking it will eventually go away, correct itself, or that someone else will deal with it. Paul suggested otherwise. Challenge evil, censure it, and when possible, correct it. Doing so is not always easy, certainly not convenient, and sometimes not safe. Nevertheless, whereas in verse 10 Paul instructed believers to “discern what is pleasing to the Lord” (ESV) and approve it, in verse 11 he made it clear that believers are to express ardent disapproval toward the things that displease Him. If it is not pleasing to God, neither should it be to His people.
What are some lasting truths from Ephesians 5:8-14?
Christians are to avoid participating in things that do not bring pleasure to the Lord.
Christians have a responsibility to take a stand against evil.
Christians can expose darkness by boldly shining the light of Christ.
The light of Christ has the transformative power to convert one from darkness to His light.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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