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Ephesians Devotional—Week Five, Day One (12/28/09)

Ephesians 5:1-7

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children {2} and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. {3} But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. {4} Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. {5} For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. {6} Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. {7} Therefore do not be partners with them.

Here’s an aid to Biblical interpretation: whenever you see a “therefore,” ask what it’s there for. In this text, Paul’s “therefore” takes us back to Ephesians 4:32, where God’s wonderful attributes of kindness, mercy, and forgiveness are on display, in Christ. Therefore we should imitate God in these things (literally, “mimic” God in these things). Our lives as believers are to be lives of love. God the Father loved us by sending His Son, and God the Son loves us by giving Himself for us.

Contrary to a life of love are the evils of sin. There is no way to live lovingly if our lives are not holy lives (i.e. living separated unto God). The sins listed in this passage are not proper for God’s people, and are completely out of place.

Believers who are tempted in any of these areas need to remember that these very sins are the reason for God’s strong anger against those who reject Christ. We must not allow ourselves to be deceived into thinking that God doesn’t care about sin. He does care … and He’s paying attention.

  1. What is the life God has called us to? Why is this our primary calling? Read 1 John 4:7-12 to help you with your answer.
  2. List each of the sins in today’s verses, then provide a brief definition of each. What are their opposites? Ask the Lord to fill you with His Spirit, that His character might be dominant in your life today.
  3. How have you been deceived in the past about how God looks at sin? Ask Him to help you fear Him, which is the beginning of wisdom (Proverbs 9:10).
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  1. Laurie Gash
    December 27, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Dear Pastor Bill,

    Thanks so much for continuing to write. I am enjoying the Ephesians Devotional so much, I miss you and your great teaching, may the Lord Bless you in every way for your commitment to the truth of God’s Word and your heart of serving all of us. You are still in my prayers.

    God Bless you and your precious family.

    By His Grace,
    Laurie G.

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