sermon notes

Notes 28 September 2022

midweek meeting 28 september 2022
“brightness of the day”

Eph 5:14  Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Eph 5:15  See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Eph 5:16  Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

We continue with this passage of darkness and light. Last week we were mostly in darkness. This week we are mostly in light.

wake up into the light      

We pick up where we left off last week with this dramatic call to the worldly Christian to awaken from his spiritual sleep and to rise and get away from the deathly ways of the World.

We also note the promise of the light of Christ to the Christian as he makes this move away from the darkness and death of worldliness. It is like someone opening the curtains to let the light in and saying at the same time “wake up”. What grace to have the help of his light.

walk carefully and softly      

The call to wake up is followed by a call to walk carefully. We are to walk softly with God, mindful of the dangers and mindful of the path to follow.

buying back lost tome

After this sleep of worldliness there is a need to make up time. The words speak of buying back the time with double efforts.

filled with the Spirit      

The contrast is made between a man drunk with wine and the Christian filled with the Spirit. The man of the World has no direction and is like a drunk man. The Christian filled with the Spirit has clarity and alertness.

melody of the heart     

The drunken singing of the World is contrasted to the melody of true worship. The Lord is present in our singing and worship.

giving thanks always      

The Christian is full of thanksgiving. He thanks for small mercies and the great gospel which saved him. He thanks for the grace of knowing the Lord.

submitting to one another      

As we live our lives in the fear and reverence of God we show humility to one another, by serving one another.

How different the darkness of the night to the brightness of the day.