The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 5:5-7 ~ The Warning Against Idolatry and Participating in Satan’s Cosmic Kingdom

Vol. 16 No. 4 – January 22, 2017

 Eccl 13 vs 13 for Word 1 22 17 & FB 1 19 17 notesThe Believer’s Walk ~ Ephesians Chapter 5


Vs. 5,
The Warning Against Idolatry!

Eph 5:5, “For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

This verse could be easily misinterpreted to mean that a person who commits a single sin suddenly loses his relationship to God. The emphasis here is the same as in many other scriptural passages; that is, if a person can consistently practice sin without repentance, it is obvious the person does not know God any longer. People who can constantly practice immorality, impurity, greed, or similar sins, are giving priority to these sins rather than to God. That is probably why Paul called such a person “an idolater.” Anything that becomes more important than God Himself has become a “god” to that person. This is why we are warned not to enter into such evil. But the fact remains that believers, no matter how egregious or prolonged their sins, they will never lose their salvation, John 10:28-30. This verse uses the Old Man characteristics of the unbeliever to warn believers not to enter into these things and lose their experiential relationship with the Lord, i.e., the filling of or fellowship with the Holy Spirit, cf. Eph 5:18.

This verse begins with the explanatory Conjunction GAR and Demonstrative Pronominal Adjective HOUTOS meaning, “for this.” It sets up a principle of doctrine that the believer should be well aware of.

You know with certainty,” is an interesting construction in the Greek. It is the Perfect, Active, Indicative of OIDA with the Present, Active, Participle of GINOSKO. They are synonymous terms for the double emphasis of absolutely knowing something. So this is an absolute principle of Doctrine that the believer knows, either inherently or learned from Scripture.

OIDA means, “know fully, understand, or recognize.” It emphasizes the perfect idea of “possessed knowledge” rather than the present aspect of “acquiring knowledge.” OIDA is actually the perfect tense of EIDO but is translated in the present tense. Yet, in our passage we have the Perfect tense of OIDA, which is ISTE. So we have a perfect-perfect, which means absolute knowing.

A distinction existed between the perfective kind of knowledge denoted by OIDA and the progressive or “acquired” knowledge represented by GINOSKO. GINOSKO emphasizes the idea of “understanding” what is known by “experiencing” something to acquire knowledge. In its basic sense, “to know or to understand” is an intellectual process. It means to see things as they truly are, being removed from opinion or speculation. This word was important to the Greeks for the acquisition of knowledge through the eye gate, i.e., “seeing is believing.”

In addition, “to know” someone also had the connotation of sexual contact, Mat 1:25; Luke 1:34. So we have a play on words here regarding the reversionistic believer who is a sexual deviant as noted in vs. 3-4.

In our passage we have both OIDA and GINOSKO that doubly or even triply emphasizes a point of Doctrine that is well known to all. What that doctrine is, is what follows.

That” is the relative Adverb HOTI which begins the point of doctrine.

No Immoral” is actually the Adjective PAS, “all or every,” with the subject Nominative Noun PORNOS that means, “fornicator or immoral person.” This is the masculine use of the word and originally meant a male prostitute. Some even believe this was the term for a pimp. We noted its cognate PORNEIA in vs. 3, which was in the feminine for female prostitute. Later PORNOS was also used for one who had sexual intercourse with prostitutes. But in the NT it means a fornicator, one who practices sexual immorality who is not married, or one who is habitually or frequently involved in illegitimate sexual activities. So we could translate this, “every fornicator.” This is the anti-Herald once again.

Or impure person,” is the Conjunction of separation in the sense of complement E, ἤ. It is linked here with the Adjective AKATHARTOS, ἀκάθαρτος in the Masculine that means, “impure or unclean.” In vs. 3 we had the cognate Noun AKATHARSIA in the Feminine meaning, “uncleanness, ritual impurity, or immorality,” which speaks to the cultic impurities of the Mosaic Law. As there, here too we have various types of uncleanness: physical, cultic, ethical, and moral in view. This is the anti-Offering.

Or covetous man,” which is E, plus the Adjective PLEONEKTES, πλεονέκτης in the Masculine that means, “One who desires more, a greedy or covetous person.” Once again, we had its cognate in vs. 3, PLEONEXIA in the Feminine that means, “greediness or covetousness.” The Adjective describes “someone who strives for material possessions,” thus it carries the sense of a person who is motivated inwardly by an inordinate desire to possess something. This desire results in committing an evil deed and produces a covetous person. And in our context, it is in regard to illicit sex. This is the anti-Gift.

Next we see what the reversionistic believer becomes who practices immoral sexuality, “who is an idolater.” It begins with the relative pronominal Adjective HOS for “who.” Then we have the verb EIMI, “to be or is” in the Present, Active, Indicative, with the nominative masculine Noun EIDOLOLATRES, εἰδωλολάτρης that means, “idolater.” It comes from the Nouns EIDOLON, “a picture, copy, or idol,” and LATRIS, “a servant, worshiper.” Idolater then is a servant or worshiper of idols that represent false gods or goddesses.

This expression does not occur prior to the Christian period in either classical or Septuagintal Greek. It appears seven times in the Greek NT, five of which are credited to Paul and two to John, 1 Cor 5:10-11; 6:9; 10:7; Eph 5:5; Rev 21:8; 22:15.

When we think of idolatry, we think of false god pagan worship, which it is. It is placing or worshiping other gods or goddess, before the one true and only God. However, idolatry is not only worshiping in pagan temples, it can also be anything in life that we treat or place as more important than, and give more time and attention to, than God. It could be your spouse, money, sports, a job, your church or church building, houses, cars, boats, hobbies, drugs, alcohol, etc., as well as a sin that you continually chase after or habitually participate in, as Paul equated impure and covetous persons with the idolatrous. This latter type of idolatry is more prevalent today than ever before.

Doctrine of Idolatry

  • Idolatry is forbidden by the Word of God, Ex 20:3-4, 23; 23:24; Deut 4:28; 5:7; 6:14; 7:16; 8:19. In the Ten Commandments the first commandment prohibits mental or soulish idolatry, the second commandment prohibits overt idolatry.
  • Idolatry of mind precedes idolatry of practice. In other words, mental idolatry occurs before overt idolatry, Judges 2:10-13; Ezek 14:7.
  • Idolatry is spiritual adultery, an attack upon category #1 Love for God, Jer 3:8-10; Ezek 16:23-43; 23:24-30; Rev 17:1-5.
  • In a general sense, idolatry is the paying of divine honor to any created thing or the ascription of divine power to natural agencies. It may be classified as follows:
  1. The worship of inanimate objects, such as stones, trees, rivers, etc.
  2. The worship of animals.
  3. The worship of the higher powers of nature, such as the sun, moon, stars; and the forces of nature, as air, fire, etc.
  4. The worship or covetousness of any sinful act.
  5. The consistent acquiescence to your emotions, the emotional revolt of the soul.
  6. Hero-worship or worship of deceased ancestors including praying to them.
  7. Idealism, or the worship of abstractions or mental qualities, such as justice.
  8. The worship of other gods under image or symbol.
  9. The worship of the image or symbol itself, (e.g., the bronze serpent, 2 King 18:4).

Each of these forms of idolatry has their peculiar immoral tendency.

Phil 3:19, “Whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.” Cf. Rom 16:18; 2 Tim 3:4.

Col 3:5, “Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.”

Mat 6:24, “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

  • Paul describes the origin of idolatry in Rom 1:21-25. Men forsook God, and sank into ignorance and immoral corruption, vs. 28.
  • Demons function through idols and the practice of idolatry, Zech 10:2.
  • Idolatry is called the devil’s communion table, 1 Cor 10:19-21.
  • Since idolatry is related to the emotional revolt of the soul, it often produces psychotic conditions like the phobias, the fear psychoses of Jer 50:38.
  • Idolatry is related to demonism in Lev 20:6. Idolatry combines demon possession or influence with various religious activities, and with various immoral activities. It was, and is, one of Satan’s greatest systems of religion. Idolatry, demonism, and immoral degeneracy are a manifestation of the unbeliever’s, or reversionistic believer’s status quo. Idolatry is a basis for every imaginable sin.
  • Idolatry is related to sexual sins under the phallic cult, Ezek 22:3-18; 23:37-49. Consequently, idolatry has an adverse effect on both soul and body, 1 Cor 6:9.
  • The unbeliever is characterized as an Idolater, among other things, Eph 5:5; Gal 5:20; Rev 9:20; 21:8; 22:15.
  • Idolatry causes national judgement of the fifth cycle of discipline to a nation, Isa 2:8, 18-20; 21:9; 36:18-20; 37:12-19; Jer 3:6-11; 2:27-30; 7:17-20; 17:1-4; Ezek 6:4-6.
  • We are commanded to guard against and flee from all forms of idolatry, 1 Cor 10:14; 1 John 5:21; 1 Peter 4:3.

1 Peter 4:3, “For the time already past is sufficient for you to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having pursued a course of sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties and abominable idolatries.”

  • The positive believer has no idols in his life and he is free to live his life in the grace of God, serving God, 1 Cor 8:4; 10:19; Col 3:5; 1 Thes 1:9.

1 Cor 8:4, “Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idols, we know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.”

1 Cor 10:19, “What do I mean then? That a thing sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, but I say that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons.”

1 Thes 1:9, “For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.”

Next we see the consequences for the one living in idolatry, “does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

In the Greek it is OUK, “does not,” ECHO, “in the future, have or hold,” KLERONOMIA, “an inheritance, possession, or portion,” EN, “in,” HO BASILEIA, “the kingdom,” HO CHRISTOS, “of Christ,” KAI, ”and”, THEOS, “God.”

Remember that idolatry and sexual immorality are sins just like any other sin, even though they may seem more egregious regarding man’s relationship with God. Nevertheless, they are sins and Jesus paid for the sins of the entire world. Therefore, if the believer enters into these things, he will not lose his salvation. He will be disciplined even to the third stage of Divine discipline, the Sin Unto Death, 1 Cor 11:30, but he will never lose his salvation, John 10:28f. This verse is using those involved in sexual immorality and idolatry as examples of what the unbeliever does. And it is the unbeliever who will not inherit the kingdom of God, because they have not believed in Jesus Christ, not because they have sinned in some way.

Therefore, unbelievers (idolaters – those who have other gods in their life and reject the one true God), will have no part in the inheritance of the Kingdom, 1 Cor 6:9. Their destiny is the Lake of Fire in the company of all unbelievers categorized as “the cowardly, false, unbelieving, sexually immoral,” and the like, Rev 21:8; cf. 22:15.

1 Cor 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

As we see from Scripture, this “Kingdom” also speaks to the royal power of God that is more than a physical, visible, tangible entity. Jesus stressed the inner, spiritual nature of the Kingdom. It belongs to the poor in spirit, and it comforts those who mourn. Those seeking mercy will find it in the kingdom of God. It is designed for the meek, for those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. In the kingdom of God those who are pure in heart will see God, Mat 5:3, 10. The kingdom is marked by peace, Rom 14:17; the peaceful and peacemakers will be called God’s children.

Therefore, not only is there a literal kingdom of Christ and God, (the Millennial Reign and Heaven), but there is a spiritual nature of the kingdom that is soulish that only the believer can participate in and enjoy, just like the eternal kingdom. As such, the habitual sinner is not part of Christ’s present kingdom, Col 1:13.

Col 1:13, “For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”

The Kingdom is made up of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit, Rom 14:17.

Rom 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

The unbeliever is excluded from both forms of the kingdom, and therefore cannot enter into God’s rest, with peace, joy, and happiness either in time or eternity. And even though the believer has the eternal Kingdom, if he operates habitually in sin, he misses out on the spiritual kingdom of rest, peace, joy, and happiness in time. Therefore, the Kingdom is not merely in word, it is actualized in the Spirit’s redemptive power, 1 Cor 4:20.

1 Cor 4:20, “For the kingdom of God does not consist in words, but in power.”

Having the Kingdom shows God is ruling in the life of the individual believer. Only by being born again can one enter this Kingdom, John 3:3-5, and it is realized in the lives of those who recognize there is nothing they have done to deserve it, Mat 5:3; 21:31.

John 3:3, “Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”.”

Mat 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Mat 21:31, “Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The latter.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax-gatherers and harlots will get into the kingdom of God before you”.”

As serious as fornication and idolatry are, there is forgiveness for them, 1 Cor 6:11. Thus Rahab was justified by her faith, Heb 11:31.

1 Cor 6:11, “And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.”

Vs. 6, The warning against false teachers.

Eph 5:6, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.”

This sentence begins with a command of prohibition / warning, and ends with the consequences of not heeding this warning.

Let no one” is the Cardinal Pronominal Adjective MEDEIS with the Imperative mood form in the upcoming verb. It means “no one, nobody, or nothing.” It is in reference to anyone, unbeliever or believer, who teaches false doctrines, including the teaching that sexual immorality is ok and part of the worship of God. These are the pimps from vs. 5, of false doctrines and false religion.

Deceive you,” is the Verb APATAO in the Present, Active, Imperative with HUMEIS. APATAO, ἀπατάω means, “to deceive, or lead into error.” This is the deception of false teachers of false doctrines that are intended to lead you away from your relationship with God. It means to seduce, to cheat, to mislead, to seduce into error, and therefore to deceive by false teaching, and to entice. So, we could say, “See to it that no one seduces, misleads, cheats, deceives, or deludes you.”

It is used only here and in 1 Tim 2:14, twice, and James 1:26.

1 Tim 2:14, “And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being quite deceived, fell into transgression.” Here deception came at the hand of the master deceiver, Satan.

James 1:26, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.” Our words and actions follow what is going on in the mentality of our soul; garbage in, garbage out.

With empty words,” is the Dative Plural of KENOS, κενός that means, “empty, worthless, vain, in vain, or ineffective,” and LOGOS for “word or speech, etc.” Combined, KENOS LOGOS literally relates to words without reality or substance, words that are empty, without content, without truth, and without power. This is in regard to the holiness, righteousness, and the spiritual life.

But in fact, empty words do have power. They have the power to deceive you, to lead you astray, and to present to you something that is attractive but sinful and detrimental to your life. The only power they have is to lead you away from your relationship with God.

Remember that as we noted above, in Paul’s day, the false religions tried to influence these Christians by saying they could indulge in these immoralities and still get to heaven. In fact, some sects of Gnosticism believed that bodily sins were inconsequential to the spiritual life, because they affected the body only, which was already corrupt, and therefore they could still advance spiritually in the mentality of the soul. As you know, this is a lie and false. What the body does is controlled by the mentality of the soul. So, if the body acts corruptly, it means that the mind is already corrupt. These deceivers had many arguments to convince ignorant Christians that they could sin repeatedly and still be right with God.

This also reminds us of the MATIAOTES of Eph 4:17, where the unbelieving Gentiles walked in the futility of their minds. That is what false doctrines is, futility, emptiness, worthlessness, etc. Cf. Col 2:8.

Col 2:8, “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

For because of these things,” is GAR DIA HOUTOS, which references the false doctrines of false teachers. Listening and succumbing to their false teaching is not only dangerous, it also brings the wrath of God upon those who practice this kind of lifestyle.

The wrath of God,” HO ORGE HO THEOS. ORGRE meaning, “wrath or anger,” speaks to the punitive judgment of our Lord on the unbeliever, primarily in reference to the last judgment for the unbeliever, Rev 20:12-15, the Great White Throne of Jesus Christ. Yet, this too is a play on words, as related words like ORGAO an ORGIA were associated with pagan rituals involving passionate or sensual activities in the cultic worship. Therefore, if you want to have an ORGIA you can expect to receive God’s ORGE.

Comes upon,” ERCHOMAI, “to come or appear” in the Futuristic Present, Middle, Indicative. This is the punitive judgment of God that will affect unbelievers who embrace the false doctrines and false religions and the Divine discipline for the believers who embrace them. They are classified as….

The sons of disobedience.” HO HIOS HO APEITHEIA. APEITHEIA, ἀπείθεια means, “disobedience, willful unbelief, rebellion, or obstinacy.” There is an implicit deliberateness in this disobedience. It also stands as an antithesis to faith or synonymous to unbelief. As such, it should be understood as unbelief rather than disobedience, cf. Heb 3:18-19. Therefore, it is a title for the unbeliever. Paul uses it as a technical term to describe those living outside of God’s grace, Eph 2:2; 5:6; and Col 3:6 in some translations. It is the condition of those ruled by the Old Sin Nature.

Vs. 7, The Concluding Prohibition.

Eph 5:7, “Therefore do not be partakers with them.”

Therefore” is the inferential Participle OUN that means, “then, now, therefore, so, etc.” It draws the above reasoning to a conclusion for the believer with another prohibition.

Do not be,” is ME GINOMAI, in the Present, Middle, Imperative. We noted GINOMAI in vs. 1, that was also in the Present, Middle, Imperative. There the believer is commanded to be, become, or keep on becoming an imitator of God. In order to do that, we cannot be a “partaker” of false doctrines and false religions, or have sexual immorality, or any habitual sin in our lives. That is why we are commanded here to “not be, or become”  “partakers with them,” SUMMETOCHOS AUTOS.

SUMMETOCHOS, συμμέτοχος means, “partaker or sharer.” It is from the prefix, SUM, “with,” and METECHO, “share, partake, or participate.” It is used only here and Eph 3:6 where we noted that the believing Gentiles were also “partakers” of the Kingdom of God, being part of the body of Jesus Christ. So this literally means, “Stop becoming partakers with them.”

Therefore, we are warned not to be partakers of, stop being partakers of, the falsehoods, especially because we have been given the truth and entered into God’s Royal Family and His Kingdom, forever. Believers are not to get mixed up with those who have excluded themselves from the kingdom by their impurity. It would be adultery against God if we partook of their sin and evil.

This tells us that sooner or later something which is false, contrary to the teaching of the Word, is going to come into your life. If you receive it, you will be deceived by it, which will take you into reversionism. Unfortunately, many believers are often deceived by association with unbelievers and reversionistic believers. They give you a little human viewpoint, they say something that is not true, and you buy it because of your association with them. Therefore, you are led into reversionism, not by the unbelieving pimp in the temple, but by your “dear friend” or even your “dear Christian friend,” who is all mixed up with regard to Bible doctrine and is actually losing out in the Christian life.

Principles

  1. The reversionistic believer becomes a partner with the unbeliever.
  2. The reversionistic believer imitates the unbeliever.
  3. In reversionism the believer acts and thinks like he would act and think if he were an unbeliever.
  4. Reversionism is a compromise with the unbeliever, and with the devil.
  5. Reversionism is lack of separation in the soul.
  6. Since believers are members of the Royal Family of God they must bear the family resemblance.
  7. The family resemblance of nobility and royalty comes from the filling of the Spirit, the daily function of the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP), resulting in the Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS) plus the entrance into the super-grace life.

As members of the Royal Family of God, our objective is advancing toward the super-grace life. This is the area of maturity, the area where we are “Occupied with Christ” and have maximum category #1 Love. This is the place where God pours His blessings upon us and we have the capacity to appreciate it. The great hindrance to this is moving into some phase of reversionism.

A believer is not sinless, but he should sin less, and less, and less! He is royalty, and it is beneath his dignity to indulge in the practices of the lost world that is outside the Kingdom of God. So we are warned not to participate inside of Satan’s cosmic kingdom, and instead continue to reside inside the Kingdom of God.

Vs. 7, The Concluding Prohibition.

Eph 5:7, “Therefore do not be partakers with them.”

Therefore” is the inferential Participle OUN that means, “then, now, therefore, so, etc.” It draws the above reasoning to a conclusion for the believer with another prohibition.

Do not be,” is ME GINOMAI, in the Present, Middle, Imperative. We noted GINOMAI in vs. 1, that was also in the Present, Middle, Imperative. There the believer is commanded to be, become, or keep on becoming an imitator of God. In order to do that, we cannot be a “partaker” of false doctrines and false religions, or have sexual immorality, or any habitual sin in our lives. That is why we are commanded here to “not be or become partakers with them,” SUMMETOCHOS AUTOS.

SUMMETOCHOS, συμμέτοχος means, “partaker or sharer.” It is from the prefix, SUM that means, “with” and METECHO that means, “share, partake, or participate.” It is used only here and in Eph 3:6, where we noted that the believing Gentiles were also “partakers” of the Kingdom of God, being part of the body of Jesus Christ. So this literally means, “Stop becoming partakers with them.”

This verse tells us that sooner or later something which is false, contrary to the teaching of the Word, is going to come into your life. If you receive it, you will be deceived by it, which will take you into reversionism.

Unfortunately, many believers are often deceived by association with unbelievers and reversionistic believers. They give you a little human viewpoint, they say something that is not true, and you buy it because of your association with them. Therefore, you are led into reversionism, not by the unbelieving pimp in the temple, but by your “dear friend” or even your “dear Christian friend,” who is all mixed up with regard to Bible doctrine and is actually losing out in the Christian life.

This happens when the reversionistic believer becomes a partner with the unbeliever, imitates the unbeliever, acts and thinks like the unbeliever, compromises with the unbeliever, (and with the devil), and has a lack of separation in the soul.

Since believers are members of the Royal Family of God, they must bear the family resemblance. The family resemblance is one of nobility and royalty coming from the filling of the Spirit and the daily function of GAP, resulting in the ECS plus the entrance into the super-grace life. Therefore, we are warned to stop being partakers of, or to not be partakers of, the deception and falsehoods, especially because we have been given the truth and entered into God’s Royal Family and His Kingdom, forever.

As such, we are not to get mixed up with those who have excluded themselves from the kingdom by their unbelief and impurity, 2 Cor 6:14. It would be adultery against God if we partook of their sin and evil. If we did, we would be an anti-Herald, an anti-Offering, and an anti-Gift; therefore we would be an anti-Christ, cf. 1 John 2:18, 22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7. In regards to their deception and lying nature, Jesus called them “false-christs” or “pseudo-christs,” Mat 24:24; Mark 13:22.

1 John 2:18, “Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.”

1 John 2:22, “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.”

1 John 4:3, “And every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.”

2 John 1:7, “For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.”

As members of the Royal Family of God, our objective is advancing toward the super-grace life. This is the area of maturity, the area where we are “Occupied with Christ” and have maximum category #1 Love. This is the place where God pours His blessings upon us and we have the capacity to appreciate it. The great hindrance to this is moving into some phase of reversionism.

A believer is not sinless, but he should sin less, and less, and less! He is royalty, and it is beneath his dignity to indulge in the practices of the lost world that is outside the kingdom of God. So we are warned to not participate inside of Satan’s cosmic kingdom, and instead continue to reside inside the Kingdom of God.

We now begin our second section of Chapter 5, “The Proof and Reason for Our Walk, Walking in Light,” Eph 5:8-14.

In this section we will note that to be imitators of God, we must also walk in His light. This means we must walk in fellowship with God, as will be brought out also in vs. 18. That means we must operate inside of God’s power system of His Word resident within our souls and being filled with God the Holy Spirit. When we have these two power options working in our lives, we are walking in the light of God, just as we have been created as children of light.

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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:
#’s 17-007 through 17-009

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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!

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