Notes 21 September 2022
bible study 21 september
“darkness of the night”
Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Eph 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
We have already seen calls to put away or putting off the old man and worldly ways and to put on the new man and the ways of Christ. We have already seen descriptions of the dark world. We come again to further descriptions of the dark world. The continued emphasis adds weight to the seriousness of the matter.
immorality and greed
It is worth noting how immorality and greed are linked together as sins which should not be associated at all with the saints. Together these descriptions cover the ways of this World and the living for this World.
The description of immorality mentions sexual acts and also any kind of sexual sins. Sadly the descriptions fit well both our society and the society in Ephesus in those days.
The description of greed and being covetous describe desiring and living for a world without God.
foul mouths and flippancy
Many in the World are foul mouthed. The conversation is often obscene. We also see a shallowness and flippancy in the language of men. There is a lack of godly seriousness.
disobedience and wrath
We read sombre words describing man as children of disobedience who will never know the heaven of God and will only know wrath and judgment of sin.
keep well away from such
There are repeated warnings in this passage to keep well away from such things.
how different is the light
Although the passage is dominated by the darkness of the night and the ways of the World, we also see many mentions of the different ways of the Lord. These ways are desribed as light.
wake up and leave the dead
We see this dramatic call to the Christian who is worldly in his ways. He is called 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.