Ephesians XVIII: A Wise Walk - Ephesians 5:15-21

In Ephesians 5:15-21, Paul continues to teach the Church at Ephesus what it means to walk as Christians. “Walk worthy,” he said back in 4:1, followed by: “Don’t walk like the Gentiles,” in 4:17. “Walk in love,” he said in 5:2, and in 5:8, “walk as children of light.” Finally, here in 5:17, he writes: “walk wisely.” And to that end, he encourages the saints to practice the spiritual discipline of looking carefully to their Christian walk, which involves asking yourself: “Am I using the time well?”; “Do I understand how God wants me to live?”; and “Am I living aThese…

Posted on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XVII: Children of Light - Ephesians 5:3-14

When we read Paul’s words as he continues to unfold the Christian walk as a new way of life for people who have been made new in Christ, we should immediately understand that when God commands us to put away all sexual immorality and impurity, He’s not taking something wonderful and good away from us. He’s loving us and protecting us from fruitless darkness. This Word tells us how to walk as Christians, warn us of the dangers of walking in darkness, and calls us into the light.This passage is a wake-up call, focusing on ways that we sin with…

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XVI: Imitators of God - Ephesians 4:25-5:2

After solemnly declaring to the Ephesians that they must no longer walk in sin like Gentiles, Paul calls them to walk in love like Jesus. In particular, Paul tells us how we can imitate God with our mouths, with our hands, and with our hearts.How do you imitate God with your mouth? Don’t lie; tell the truth. Don’t talk rot; build others up with your words. Christians are truth-tellers because God tells the truth, and we’ve put on His likeness in Christ. And when you talk to your neighbors, your words are either serving them fresh bread straight from the…

Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019 by CJ Bowen