Vol. 16 No 34b – August 20, 2017
We began Chapter 5 on January 1, 2017. I taught almost 90 hours on this chapter, and I have over 200 pages of notes on Chapter 5.
Outline of the Chapter
In Chapter 4, we noted the first two main principles of our walk:
A) The Believer’s Walk in Unity; God’s Plan for Faithful Living in the Church to Build the Church, Eph 4:1-16.
B) The Believer’s Walk in Righteousness; God’s Pattern and Principles for Members of the Church and His Standards for Faithfulness in the Church, Eph 4:17-32.
C) The Believer’s Walk in Love; The conclusion of God’s Pattern and Principles for Members of the Church and His Standards for Faithfulness in the Church, Eph 5:1-17.
D) The Believer’s Walk in the World; God’s Standards for Authority and Submission in the Church, Eph 5:18-6:9.
1.) As to One’s Self and the Church, Be Filled with God’s Spirit, Eph 5:18-21.
2.) As to One’s Home, Eph 5:22-6:4.
a) Husbands and Wives, Eph 5:22-33.
b) Parents and Children, Eph 6:1-4.
3.) As to One’s Profession
a) Employers and Employees, Eph 6:5-9.
Vs. 1-20 are one of the most beautiful descriptions of the Christian way of life that can be found in the Bible. So these passages give us the imperative of the super-grace Life.
In addition, Ryrie notes that Chapter 5 continues a discourse on “The Practice of Believers,” that begins in Eph 4:1 and runs through to Eph 6:9.
1.) In Relation to Evil, Eph 5:1-17. If we are the children of God, and we are, then we ought to imitate God our Father.
a) God is love, 1 John 4:8; therefore, “walk in love,” Eph 5:1-2.
b) God is light, 1 John 1:5; therefore, “walk as children of light,” Eph 5:3-14.
c) God is truth, 1 John 5:6; therefore, “walk in wisdom,” Eph 5:15-17.
This is a part of the exhortation to “walk in purity.”
2.) In Relation to the Holy Spirit, Eph 5:18-21.
3.) In Relation to Home Life, Eph 5:22-6:4.
4.) In Relation to Slaves and Masters, Eph 6:1-9.
Unger breaks this chapter down based on our spiritual walk in Christ as follows:
1.) The walk as a child in God’s family, Eph 5:1-33.
2.) The walk of children and servants, Eph 6:1-9.
Major Doctrines and Topics We Noted in Chapter 5
Principles of Imitating God, vs. 1.
Principles of Walking in Love, vs. 2.
Principles of Immorality, vs. 5.
Doctrine of Idolatry, vs. 5.
Doctrine of Darkness, vs. 8.
Doctrine of Light, vs. 8.
Principles on the Goodness of God, vs. 9.
Doctrine of Divine Good Production, vs. 9.
Doctrine of the Wise Man and Wisdom, vs. 15.
Doctrine of a Day at a Time, vs. 16.
Doctrine of Divine Guidance, Knowing the Will of God for Your Life, vs. 17.
Doctrine of Yieldedness, vs. 17.
Doctrine of Drinking and Alcoholism, vs. 18.
Principles of the Recovery Process for Alcohol Abuse, vs. 18.
Principles of Faith and the Faith-Rest Life, vs. 18.
Doctrine of God the Holy Spirit, vs. 18.
Doctrine of the Filling of the Holy Spirit, vs. 18.
Doctrine of the Confession of Sin; The Proof for Rebounding, vs. 18.
Doctrine of Singing Praise to God, vs. 19.
Principles of Praise Thanksgiving, vs. 20.
Doctrine of Fear of the Lord, vs 21.
Principles of the Divine Establishments, vs. 22.
Principles of Authority Orientation, a Problem Solving Device, vs. 22.
Principles of Authority Orientation and Joy, the +H of God, vs. 22.
Doctrine of Marriage, vs 22ff.
Principles of Seven Figures of Christ and the Church – His Body, in Analogy to the Headship of Husbands Over Wives, vs. 23ff.
Doctrine of Category #2 Love, vs. 25.
Six Blessings/Benefits Our Lord Won for Us His Bride at the Cross, vs 26-27.
- Cleansing, (purification).
- Glorification, (exaltation).
- No spot or wrinkle, (sinless).
- Holy, (perfect / righteous / set apart / consecrated).
- Blameless, (justification, innocent).
Doctrine of Cleansing the Leper, Lev 14, vs. 26.
Doctrine of the Manifestation/Glorification of the Bride, vs. 27.
Principles of the Husband’s Love for His Wife, vs. 28.
Principles of the Husband’s Authority Over the Wife, vs. 28.
Doctrine of Right Man, Right Woman in Marriage, vs. 31.
Principles of the Mystery of the Church, vs. 32.
Principles of the Three Divine Laws of Love in Marriage, vs. 33.
Principles of “Wives, Do Not Enslave Your Husbands,” vs. 33.
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.
To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.
So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!