Vol. 16 No 9 – February 26, 2017
Eph 5:12, “For it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.”
Here we have an added emphasis to, “unfruitful deeds of darkness.” In the Greek, this verse is reversed, but we will go by the English structure.
“For it is disgraceful,” which is GAR EIMI and the Adjective AISCHROS, αἰσχρός that means, “shameful, base, disgraceful, or dishonorable.” It is used in 1 Cor 11:6; 14:35; Eph 5:12; Titus 1:11. It means, “indecent, indecorous, and dishonorable,” in reference to inappropriate conduct that is improper, dishonest, or unscrupulous, or even as being a way of life. The word “is” is a static present, which means that sin and human good were, are, and will always be disgraceful and dishonorable.
Titus 1:11, “Who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach, for the sake of sordid gain.”
“Even to speak of the things,” KAI LEGO HO, in reference to the sinful acts of the wicked. Some of the sins committed by people under the cover of darkness were so abhorrent to Paul that he hesitated even to mention them, yet those participating in them speak up boldly about them to their shame. Therefore, if you do sin, the sin is bad enough. Do not compound your sin by talking, boasting, or even bragging about it. It is very egregious to boast about sin, but we should not even talk about it with others.
“Which are done by them in secret,” is the Present, Middle, Participle of GINOMAI that means, “to come into being, be made, be done, etc.,” with HUPO AUTOS for “by them,” and the Adverb KRUPHE, κρυφῇ that means, “secretly, in secret, or privately.” KRUPHE is only used here in the NT.
Sin loves to hide itself, and the cover of darkness or night-time is what is used to conceal many sins. So Paul reminds us that shameful and disgraceful things are going on out there in the world of Satan’s cosmic system, and He warns us with the strongest words possible, (to maintain his righteousness and ours), to not participate in these deeds, (some of which are listed in vs. 3-6), and instead make them known to the perpetrators and others around them, so that they can Repent, Rebound, and Recover.
This takes us back to the first part of vs. 10, “prove by testing.” How do you prove by testing? By getting Bible doctrine in your soul that gives you the ability to see the difference between right and wrong, sin and righteousness, establishment and the sincere do-gooder who is all mixed up.
Eph 5:13, “But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.”
This is an encouragement to expose sin.
“But all things,” is the contrasting or adversative Conjunction DE, “but,” with HO PAS for, “the all things.” This is a reference to the things that need to be exposed; the unfruitful deeds and sin, the things that are Satanic and evil, and the things that are anti-Christian, anti-God, and anti-establishment.
“Become visible,” is the Present, Passive, Indicative of the Verb PHANEROO, φανερόω that means, “to manifest, show, reveal, disclose, make visible, or conspicuous.” Primarily PHANEROO is used to refer to Divine revelation, God’s disclosure of Himself, His character, His works, and His saving grace and deeds in Jesus Christ, Mark 4:22; 16:12-14; John 2:11, etc.
Mark 4:22, “For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it should come to light.”
But here, it is used in regard to making known the sinful lifestyle of those in your periphery.
“When they are exposed,” is the Present, Passive, Participle in the Nominative, Neuter of the Verb ELANCHO, which we noted above in vs. 11 for, “refute, reprove, disgrace, convict, or shame.”
“By the light,” is HUPO HO PHOS, which again means Jesus Christ who is the revelation of God and His way of thinking, i.e. Bible Doctrine.
You see, it is not by your own opinion or pettiness that you reprove and rebuke others, but only by and through the absolute standard of the Word of God, (the light), when filled with the Holy Spirit, do you expose a sinful act or deed or lifestyle of an unbeliever or reversionistic believer. And as mentioned above, the intent is to lead them to repentance.
The next section is actually at the beginning of vs. 14 in the Greek text, but at the end of vs. 13 in the English.
“For everything that becomes visible is light,” is GAR PAS HO PHANEROO EIMI PHOS. In other words, Bible doctrine exposes sin and reversionism. This tells us that when we shine the light of Bible Doctrine onto a situation or sin, when sin is exposed to the light of God’s truth, something drastic happens.
- First, people who allow the Bible to have access to their lives will become very uncomfortable, if they are practicing sin.
- Second, the Holy Spirit is extremely faithful in reproving the world of sin, John 16:8. He seeks to bring them to the realization that the sacrifice of Jesus is the only sacrifice given for the sins of mankind. So it has the dramatic potential of turning sin and the sinner to goodness, righteousness, and truth, in the facts of forgiveness as a result of Repenting, Rebounding, and Recovering, by the love, mercy, and grace of God through the work of Jesus Christ upon the Cross.
So we see that in order to produce Divine Good, The Fruit of the Light, we need to:
- Avoid participating in the sins of others, to maintain our fellowship with God.
- Reprove and Rebuke those who are sinning by applying the Word of God to the sin or situation, to show them their guilt, while at the same time leading them either to salvation or rebound and recovery.
The first maintains our Divine Good Production, while the second is an act of Divine Good Production. As such, they both are “goodness, righteousness, and truth,” vs. 9, meaning respectively that we will have interest in the welfare of others, be in conformity to God’s standards, and follow Divine reality as opposed to human falsehood.
John 3:21, “But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.”
As Jesus’ brother said to him in John 7:4, “For no one does anything in secret, when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world.”
Eph 5:14, “For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you”.”
This verse may be a loose paraphrase of Isa 26:19 and 60:1, and possibly 51:17; 52:1.
Isa 26:19, “Your dead will live; their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy, for your dew is as the dew of the dawn, and the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.”
Isa 60:1, “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.”
It may also be a remnant of an early Church hymn quoted by Paul, as he is about to mention hymns in vs. 19, and this is the same image as seen in Rom 13:11-13 and 1 Thes 5:1-10.
Our verse begins with “For this reason it says,” which is the inferential Conjunction DIO that brings this section to a conclusion and is used to pass from the proposition, statement, or judgment considered as true in the previous verses to the truth that now follows, denoting that the inference is self-evident. With this is the Verb LEGO in the Present, Active, Indicative, 3rd Person Singular, for “it says,” which is a reference to the Word of God or the ancient hymn.
Therefore, what we just have been told about producing the Fruit of the Light, (i.e., walk as children of light, approve what is pleasing to the Lord, do not participate in the sinful acts of others, and rebuke them for their sins with the hope of bringing them to repentance), is all true, just as this following statement is true and brings the matter to a conclusion.
Next we have two commands in the Imperative Mood. First we have, “awake, sleeper,” which is the Present, Active, Imperative of EGEIRO, ἐγείρω that means, “raise, be raised, rise, appear, wake up, or arouse!” It is one of two words used for “resurrection” in the NT. The other is ANISTEMI which we also have in this verse below. Here EGEIRO is a command to evoke movement from a fixed position, get up!, come! It means to make you alert to your true condition. In this case the unbeliever or reversionistic believer needs to wake up from the dead works they are walking in. So, it is used here for the command to become aware that you are a reversionist, to see yourself as you really are in the light of the Word of God. No one ever recovers from reversionism until he is aware of his condition.
As noted above, the Holy Spirit has a convicting ministry toward the sleeping unbeliever, John 16:8, and our Lord tries to help His children recognize that they are in reversionism via Rev 3:20, the “knocking at the door” scenario. The knockings on the door are sudden disasters in the life of believers only, as part of Divine discipline, to make the reversionistic believer aware of the fact that all is not well. These disasters are intensified in the long-range suffering for the reversionist that can lead to the sin unto death if not heeded. So our Lord desires / commands that the unbeliever and reversionistic believer wake up from their sinful state and walk in newness of life.
This word is also used extensively regarding resurrection of the dead throughout the NT, cf. Eph 1:20, “which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places.”
This is a call to the unbeliever to receive salvation and obtain the resurrection life, while also a call to the reversionistic believer to Rebound and Recover and regain the experience of the resurrection life while here on earth. As the Lord’s Cross is the gateway into His life, His resurrection means that He has the power to convey His life to you and me. When our Lord rose from the dead, He rose to a life that had never been before. He rose to an absolutely new life, a life He had never lived before He was God Incarnate. Likewise, when we were born again, we received the very life of the risen Lord from Jesus Himself. And what His resurrection means for us is that we are raised to His risen life, not to our old life. One day we will have a body like His glorious body, but we can know here and now the power and effectiveness of His resurrection and can, as it says in Rom 6:4, “Walk in newness of life.” In Phil 3:10, Paul’s determined purpose was to “know Him and the power of His resurrection,” as should be ours too.
Rom 6:4, “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”
Phil 3:10, “That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”
1 Cor 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”
“Always abounding,” PANTOTE means, “to be outstanding” and become a spiritually mature believer. This means your service to the Lord, when done through the power of the Holy Spirit, has personal, national, international, and angelic impact.
“Your toil or labor,” KOPOS means you use your volition during this time on earth. Your volition determines your control or lack of control over your life. “Your labor for the Lord,” are the decisions you make to use the power of God in all situations. It is your positive decisions daily, your evaluation of what is important in your life, the importance of Bible doctrine, the daily perception and application of Bible doctrine, your spiritual growth, and your works unto God through the filling of the Holy Spirit.
The last principle vs. 58, is that believers who do not use the power of God live empty lives. Yet, for believers who use and apply the power of God, (i.e. overcomers), their lives are OUK KENOS, “not empty or not in vain.” In other words, these believers are executing the Plan of God for their lives, producing the fruit of the Light or Spirit. They have spiritual growth, production, and impact. Through simple recollection of God’s power and promise to raise you from the dead, as our Lord utilized in John 13:3c, you realize that God has unlimited power available for application to your life and you stand firm and confident in Him.
Back in Eph 5:14, the “sleeper,” HO KATHEUDO, καθεύδω that means, “Sleep, die, or be dead.” These are the spiritual zombies of any generation. First it refers to those unbelievers who are spiritually dead, living in sin and human good. As Psa 13:3 tells us, sleep is a metaphor for death. Here KATHEUDO is in the Present, Active, Participle, Nominative, Singular, referring to the person who is “walking in their spiritually dead state.” The unbeliever always does this, and the believer does too, when walking in sin, carnality, reversionism, or apostasy. So the “sleeper,” is one who is walking under the Old Man, the Old Sin Nature that is dead spiritually. This also has the connotation of “lost time,” because when you are asleep, you are not aware of time. But when you are awake, you are aware to time and can produce. So “sleeping” here also means loss of God’s grace time provided for you for phase two, which is lost opportunity to produce Divine Good.
There is no solution to spiritual death or reversionism until you recognize the condition for what it is. Spiritual death and Reversionism are like sleeping in this analogy, we lose time without being aware of that loss of time. This means that you must become aware that your basic spiritual problem is reversionism if you are ever going to recover, and that a spiritual problem may have with it many other problems: physical, mental, social, etc. But all of these problems go right back to the fact that you are a reversionist. To solve this problem you need:
- Repentance (change your mind).
- Faith, (believe in Christ for the unbeliever and trust in God’s Word for the believer).
- Recovery via GAP.
These are the things that are going to get you back into the time / production situation.
This is further emphasized in the phrase, “and arise from the dead,” which is the second command from KAI ANISTEMI EK HO NEKROS. The idea expressed in the Greek with NEKROS in the plural literally is to, “stand up out of the dead ones,” meaning separate yourself from those walking in spiritual death; both unbelievers positionally and reversionistic believers experientially.
ANISTEMI, ἀνίστημι, synonymous with EGEIRO above, is in the Aorist, Active, Imperative that means, “raise, raise up, bring to life, stand up, appear, or to rise again,” that views the entirety of the action of gaining the spiritual life, either for the first time going from unbeliever to believer, or regaining experiential sanctification of the believer through Rebound, 1 John 1:9, and Recovery. It comes from the prefix ANA, “up, again,” and the Verb “HISTEMI,” “to stand.”
The Adjective NEKROS, νεκρός is in the Genitive case and means, “dead, lifeless, or useless.” It is used 130 times in the NT and is rarely used literally as an adjective for “dead”, but it occurs over 100 times as a Noun in the literal sense. Only about one-sixth of the NT uses of NEKROS are figurative. Most of these use “dead” in the moral sense: spiritually dead in sins prior to acceptance of the gospel, as in Mat 8:22; Luke 9:60 (first use); John 5:25; Rom 6:13; 11:15; Eph 2:1, 5; Col 2:13 or, in the case of the Prodigal Son, prior to repentance, Luke 15:24, 32.
In regard to the unbeliever’s spiritually dead state NEKROS is used in Rom 11:15; Eph 2:1, 5; Col 2:13.
Eph 2:1, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, … 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, (by grace you have been saved).”
In regard to the reversionistic believer walking as if they were spiritually dead, we see NEKROS in Rom 6:13.
Rom 6:13, “And do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.”
Remember that the dead can perform no function of life. Therefore, all the deeds or works that are performed while under sin are considered spiritually dead works, Heb 6:1.
Heb 6:1, “Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.”
These dead works are what we are commanded to rise up from, so that we can perform spiritually alive works to the glory of God.
Rom 6:11, “Even so consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
Pastor R.B. Thieme Jr. noted, “The Christian way of life is not defensive. A super-grace believer or a growing believer takes the offensive and moves toward his objective of the super-grace life. He never bothers to apologies for the Lord Jesus Christ or to apologies for anything Christian. Everything Christian is completely, totally, infinitely superior to anything else this life has to offer, anything in the devil’s world, any combination of things in the devil’s world. Christianity is not cowardly, it does not take the defensive; Christianity is on the offensive. The only people who stand around and take the defensive or do nothing are reversionists who are outside of the plan of God even though they are members of the royal family of God. There is only one celebrity in the Christian way of life and that is the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet, there are many heroes — anyone who reaches super-grace.”
And remember, as we will note in Eph 6, that when our Lord tells us to “stand firm,” that too is an offensive action we must take to pick up and put on the full armor of God. Therefore, “rising up” and “standing firm” are synonymous terms.
In the last part of our verse, we have the blessing associated with walking in the Light, “and Christ will shine on you,” which is KAI HO CHRISTO EPIPHAUSKO SU.
EPIPHAUSKO ἐπιφαύσκω is a Verb in the Future, Active, Indicative that means, “arise, appear, shine upon, or give light to.” It is only used here in the NT. It is a compound word from EPI, “upon or over,” and the Verb PHAUSKO that means, “to shine, show, or disclose.” In classical Greek it is used in an astronomical sense of the shining of the heavenly luminaries, as it is in the LXX of the OT for the moon and sun in Job 25:5; 31:26. It is applied to the rising of a heavenly body and to the dawn of the day. But in the only use of the word in the NT, it is used for Christ shining upon the unbeliever who gains eternal life through faith in Christ, and the believer who Rebounds and Recovers by means of faith in the confession of their sins, as Christ, the morning star, has already risen and sheds His light on all who are raised to newness of life in Him. When we “produce the fruit of the Light,” The Light will shine His light upon us. Therefore, Christ’s shining on you speaks of His approval and His blessings, which is an indication that you are discerning and following the Light, which is pleasing to the Lord.
Salvation is the beginning of a new day, and we ought to live as those who belong to the light, not to the darkness. The darkness of the grave is past, and we are now walking in the light of salvation. The point is, when we shine the light of Jesus Christ in us, onto a dark and lost world, (as described in vs. 11-13), or have any application of Divine Good works, “the Fruit of the Light”, Christ will shine His light of good pleasure onto you, the believer, who is walking in goodness, righteousness, and truth. As such, you will approve what is pleasing to the Lord, vs. 10.
Therefore, as believers expose evil, some nonbelievers repent and are transformed from darkness to light, and reversionistic believers repent, rebound, and recover via 1 John 1:9. This change or conversion is described as awaking from sleep and rising from the dead, cf. Eph 2:1-8; 1 Thes 5:6.
1 Thes 5:4-6, “But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; 5for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.”
As noted previously, vs. 7-14, deal with church discipline. The believer has no business in the darkness. He is a saint, which means he is a partaker “of the inheritance of the saints in light,” Col 1:12. He is a king, because he has been delivered “from the power of darkness” and has been translated “into the kingdom of His dear Son,” Col 1:13. He is “light in the Lord” Eph 5:8. Therefore, believers are to walk in the light, and in so doing to expose other believers of any works or sins that are unfruitful, so that they too may walk in the light and please their Lord.
“Brightly beams our Father’s mercy
From His lighthouse evermore;
But to us He gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.”
(Bliss, as quoted from the Ephesian Studies)
THE INITIATIVE AGAINST DRUDGERY
“Arise, shine” (Isa. 60:1).
“We have to take the first step as though there were no God. It is no use to wait for God to help us, He will not; but immediately we arise we find He is there. Whenever God inspires, the initiative is a moral one. We must do the thing and not lie like a log. If we will arise and shine, drudgery becomes divinely transfigured. Drudgery is one of the finest touchstones of character there is. Drudgery is work that is very far removed from anything to do with the ideal—the utterly mean grubby things; and when we come in contact with them we know instantly whether or not we are spiritually real. Read John 13. We see there the Incarnate God doing the most desperate piece of drudgery, washing fishermen’s feet, and He says—”If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” It requires the inspiration of God to go through drudgery with the light of God upon it. Some people do a certain thing and the way in which they do it sanctifies that thing for ever afterwards. It may be the most commonplace thing but after we have seen them do it, it becomes different. When the Lord does a thing through us, He always transfigures it. Our Lord took on Him our human flesh and transfigured it, and it has become for every saint the temple of the Holy Spirit.”
(Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest.)
Section 3, vs. 15-17 – Wisdom.
Having noted the first two sections of this chapter that tell us how to be imitators of God:
- The Pattern for Our Walk, Walking in Love as God’s Dear Child, Eph 5:1-7.
- The Proof and Reason for Our Walk, Walking in Light, Eph 5:8-14.
We now understand the third way in which we become imitators of God:
- The Power and Provision for Our Walk, Walking in Wisdom, Eph 5:15-17.
This section will also conclude the discussion in Chapter 5 on how we are to conduct our lives “In Relation to Evil” as we follow “God’s Standards for Faithfulness in the Church,” Eph 5:1-17. So this third section continues the overall discussion of this Chapter regarding our “walk as a child in God’s family.”
Eph 5:15, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise.”
This passage needs a little correction. It begins with “therefore” the Particle OUN, οὖν, but then has the Verb BLEPO, βλέπω that is untranslated. BLEPO is in the Present, Active, Imperative that means, “see, notice, watch, beware of, look toward, perceive, behold.” In addition to meaning physical sight, it has the connotation of “conceptual perception.” BDAG notes it means, “to process information by giving thought, direct one’s attention to something, consider, or note,” in our verse and in Mark 4:24; Luke 8:18; 1 Cor 3:10; cf. 1 Cor 16:10. It can be translated “watch out,” or “take heed” or “be very careful.” The old term “circumspectly,” used in the KJV literally means “looking around,” contains the idea of walking “strictly.” The Imperative mood is used once again for a command, so we translate this, “Therefore, pay close attention to.”
Then we have, “be careful how,” which is the Adverbs AKRIBOS, ἀκριβῶς and the interrogative POS, πῶς, for, “how.” AKRIBOS means, “perfectly, carefully, exactly, or diligently.” It is also used in Mat 2:8; Luke 1:3; Acts 18:25; 1 Thes 5:2. Technically, AKRIBOS is the Adverbial form of the Adjective AKRIBES that means, “careful or accurate.” It pertains to strict conformity to a standard or norm, and with BLEPO it means to focus with careful attention, accurately, carefully, and well. We will translate this “how accurately.”
Next is “you walk,” the Present, Active, Indicative of PERIPATEO once again, literally meaning, “walk,” but in context, “live or conduct oneself.” It is in the 2nd Person, Plural regarding all the readers of this epistle. This is the fifth time Paul uses the word “walk,” PERIPATEO in this book, cf. Eph 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8, 15.
PERIPATEO means more than walking, it means advance, to move toward your objective, to close in on the target. The target is the super-grace life. As you know, there is only one way to advance spiritually and that is consistency in the intake and application of Bible doctrine.
Therefore, the first part of this passage should read, “Therefore, pay close attention to how accurately you conduct yourselves.”
As such, we have our third category regarding being “imitators of God,” as we are to “walk in” a certain way. This third category of how to live our lives is given in the next phrase, “not as unwise men, but as wise.”
“Not as unwise men,” is ME HOS ASOPHOS. The Adjective ASOPHOS ἄσοφος is from the Noun SOPHIA that means, “skill or wisdom,” with the negative prefix “A.” So it means, “foolish, not wise, one who lacks the power of proper discernment, unwise, or not having wisdom.” It is used only here in the NT; a hapaxlegomena. It is synonymous with our English word “sophomore” that means, “a wise moron,” though ASOPHOS is a bit stronger. Its synonym, APHRON meaning, “foolish, inconsiderate, or rash,” is used in vs. 17. Therefore, ASOPHOS means here, “not walking as God expects you to walk,” and therefore, believers are commanded to not walk as the unwise or foolish people of this world do.
The contrast to this comes next with ALLA, “but” HOS SOPHOS, σοφός meaning, “as wise, clever or skillful.” It comes from the Noun SOPHIA that means, “skill or wisdom.” SOPHIA over time acquired various shades of meaning including “insight, sound judgment, and practical wisdom” regarding matters of common life. It could also mean “speculative wisdom” when used of the complexities of life and existence, and theoretical knowledge.
To the Greeks SOPHOS described the man in whom was the ideal combination of practical skill and theoretical knowledge. As we would say, someone who has learned God’s Word and applies it.
The book of Proverbs speaks extensively about being “wise” and “wisdom.” To the Hebrews, “wise” was the word CHAKHAM from CHOKMAH, and meant:
- That the truly wise man is the one who fears God and understands His ways, cf. Prov 1:7.
- Such wisdom is spiritual, a gift of God, cf. Prov 2:6.
- It is the opposite of being “wise” in one’s own eyes, Prov 3:7.
- It comes from righteous living, Prov 2:7-9, and having practical wisdom, Prov 6:6.
Therefore, “being wise” is the ability to apply with skill what one knows in respect to Divine things, being enlightened, as conjoined with purity of heart and life that results in wise attitudes and conduct, James 3:13.
So once again we see that SOPHOS is the believer who has learned God’s Word and is faithfully applying it daily.
James 3:13, “Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.”
James 3:17-18, “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
1 Cor 2:6-7, “Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; 7but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.”
Col 4:5, “Conduct yourselves, (literally “walk” – PERIPATEO), with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.”
Therefore, believers are commanded to live wisely, and wise living is described in three ways in the following verses:
- It makes good use of time in an evil age that is passing away, vs. 16; cf. 1 Cor 7:31; Gal 1:4.
- It seeks to learn God’s will, vs. 17; cf. vs. 10.
- It is the soul filled with the Holy Spirit, vs. 18.
Recalling Eph 4:14-15, “only a fool drifts with the wind and tide. A wise man marks out his course, sets his sails, and guides the rudder until he reaches his destination. When a man wants to build a house, he first draws his plans so he knows what he is doing. Yet, how many Christians plan their days so that they use their opportunities wisely? True, we cannot know what a day may bring forth (James 4:13-17). But it is also true that a planned life can better deal with unexpected events. Someone said, “When the pilot does not know what port he is heading for, no wind is the right wind”.” (Bible Exposition Commentary)
If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson #’s:
17-020 – 17-022
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!