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Series: Ephesians Title: Walk in Light Text: Ephesians 5:7-13 Time: 4/14/2013 (a.m.) Introduction 1.

In these verses, Paul is once again comparing the believers present position in Christ to their past position of being in the world. 2. Paul is teaching these Ephesians believers how to live in the world without being of the world, a task that sometimes finds folks vacillating between two extremes. 3. One extreme is to so separate ones self from the world that there is no contact with the world. The Amish have done this and become somewhat of an oddity, having become so distinct from culture that they have no impact on it. 4. The other extreme is to become so much like the world that there is no distinguishable difference. The motive may be evangelistic but the method often compromises the gospel and therefore misses the mark. 5. The instruction that Paul gives is consistent with what he has been teaching; Be who you are and not what you were. You were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light. 6. Paul says that we formerly were darkness. We were spiritually blind. We not only didnt see Gods glory and truth, we didnt have the ability or desire to see such things. We didnt sense our need for the Savior, because we thought we were good enough to go to heaven and we didnt understand the absolute holiness and justice of God. So we lived entirely for ourselves and our own pleasure, avoiding the thought of death and eternity. 7. John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life. A believer is Light because Jesus is Light. 8. Paul is emphasizing the transformation of salvation in the manifestation of lifestyle. 1. Manifestation in Our Walk 1. Fruit (Karpos) That which is produced by the inherent energy of a living organism, and also, in a consequential sense, the result of the energy of the Holy Spirit operating in those who, through faith, are brought into living union with Christ. 2. Fruit is the outward expression of power working inwardly, in itself beyond observation, the character of the fruit giving evidence of the character of the power that produces it. Fruit is evidence of the seed planted, just as conduct without is evidence of the character within. 3. Paul tells us that there are at least three main manifestations of Lights fruit that can be seen in the believer walking in the Light. 4. Goodness (agathosune from agathos =benevolent, profitable, benefiting others) Agathosune finds its fullest and highest expression in that which is willingly and sacrificially done for others. It is moral and spiritual excellence manifested in active kindness. Agathosune describes a positive moral quality characterized especially by interest in the welfare of others. Agathosune refers to active

goodness as an energetic principle. It is the generosity which springs from the heart that is kind and will always take care to obtain for others that which is useful or beneficial. (Thayer) 5. Goodness is an attribute of God so to live in goodness is to imitate God. 6. Righteousness is a word that means straight or conforming to a standard of moral rightness. So here the fruit of Light is a life that is righteous, rightly related to God and rightly interacting with men. We are now Light in the Lord as we walk in that truth in the power of the Spirit. 7. Truth means unveiled or exposed. It is the life of integrity and authenticity; the opposite of the deceived life. Light allows for exposure. 2. Motivation of Our Walk 1. Hodge writes that... Verse 9 is a parenthesis, as the 10th verse is grammatically connected with the 8th. Walk as children of the light, proving, etc., trying (dokimazonetes) is to try, to put to the test, to examine; then to judge or estimate; and then to approve. Thus it is said, The fire shall try every mans work; God is said To try the heart; we are said To be renewed so as to prove the will of God, Romans 12:2; that is, to examine and determine what the will of God is. 2. In this passage, believers are required to walk as children of Light, examining and determining what is acceptable to the Lord. They are to regulate their conduct by a regard to what is well pleasing to Him. That is the ultimate standard of judging whether anything is right or wrong, worthy or unworthy of those who have been enlightened from above. 3. Two good tests of whether something is pleasing to the Lord.... (1). Will it make others stumble? (2) Will I be ashamed if Jesus should return? 1 Thessalonians 5:2122 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil.
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Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 4. What we are transformed by determines what were conformed to. 3. Mastering the Dimmer 1. There are several areas we can examine so that as Light we shine bright. 2. Companions. Verse 7 instructs us not to be partakers with them. The word is one of partnership and of like mindedness and agreement. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals. 3. The question you need to ask is, Do the people who influence me encourage my walk in Christ? Is there a challenge to be in Gods Word and live in Gods will? 4. Complacency. Am I passive or intentional about my walk in Christ? 5. Condemnation. A spirit of condemnation is critical and judgmental and is usually the manifestation of legalism and one who suffers from feeling condemned.