Vol. 16 No 8 – February 19, 2017
Eph 5:9, “(For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth).”
How do you know if you are learning or receiving “truth”? You will know because, “truth” will cause you to be stable, certain, and sure. If you lack faithfulness, stability, and security, it is usually because you lack “truth,” (i.e., Bible Doctrine in your soul).
Pro 23:23, “Buy truth, and do not sell it, also buy wisdom and instruction and understanding.”
Psa 25:5, “Lead me in Your Truth and teach me: for You are the God of my deliverance.”
John 8:31-32, “If you continue in My Word then you are truly My disciples; and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”
The mature believer is established in the truth, 2 Peter 1:12, and the Church is the pillar and foundation of the truth, 1 Tim 3:15.
1 Tim 3:15, “But in case I am delayed, I write so that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.”
Truth must be taught! This is why fathers are told in Isa 38:19, to make truth known to their children, and in Mat 22:16, our Lord taught the way of God in truth. This is why the apostle Paul tells us in 1 Tim 2:4, that God’s will for all mankind is to “be saved and then to come to the knowledge of the Truth.” Cf. 2 Thes 2:10.
God desires truth to be within us, see scriptures above, which led Paul to state in 2 Cor 11:10, “As the truth of Christ is in me….” Truth in man is his response to truth in God. And the acquisition of the truth is a gift from God. This gift comes by way of teaching from our right Pastor/Teacher and by way of the working of the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit, i.e. the GAP.
Without truth, it is impossible to worship God properly, John 4:23-24, “Worship in spirit and truth.”
This is why if a pastor really loves and worships the Lord, he will, 2 Tim 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
And He will feed the flock of God. John 21:15-17, “If you love Me, feed My sheep, … lambs…” Feed them what? Truth.
Lord brought truth with Him when He came down from heaven, John 1:17; 18:37. It is only as He brings us to a knowledge of the truth that He can deliver us completely from our three enemies; ourselves (OSN), the cosmic system, and Satan.
Psa 40:11, “You, O LORD, will not withhold Your compassion from me; Your lovingkindness and Your truth will continually preserve me.”
Psa 91:4, “He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His truth is a shield and bulwark.”
Truth is always accompanied by God’s grace and mercy, Psa 26:3; 85:10-11; John 1:14.
Psa 85:10-11, “Lovingkindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11Truth springs from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.”
God’s righteousness loves to see His Truth in action, especially in you! When it is, you will produce the Fruit of the Light.
Paul warns us that in the last days, Truth will be rejected and deception accepted, 2 Thes 2:10-11; 2 Tim 3:5-8; 4:1-4.
Principles of Vs. 9.
- The production of the light includes the filling of, or walking in, the Spirit, Gal 5:16; Eph 5:18.
- It includes the consistent intake of Bible doctrine, i.e. the daily function of GAP, Eph 5:15; 3 John 3.
- It emphasizes the production of Divine good from the combination of these two things, Eph 2:10; Col 1:10.
- It includes the erection of the ECS and the entrance into the super-grace life where we have maximum effectiveness in the function of our priesthood, Rom 6:4; Eph 4:11; 5:8; Col 1:10.
- Divine Good Production in your life is categorized as Goodness, Righteousness, and Truth.
Phil 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Doctrine of Divine Good Production
- There is a system of good that can be performed by the believer which is acceptable to God. A system of good which is based on spiritual gifts, the filling of the Holy Spirit, spiritual growth, becoming spiritually self-sustaining, etc. Divine good includes every function of the believer that results in fruit-bearing, John 15:1-11. This includes the attainment of the three stages of spiritual adulthood, which becomes the greatest motivation for good deeds in Christian service, identified by the terms, “fruit, more fruit, and much fruit.”
- Every good word and good deed starts in the heart / mentality of your soul / your right lobe. Therefore, Divine Good is mental, verbal, and overt. In addition, every time you produce Divine good, whether mentally, verbally, or overtly, your right lobe / heart is strengthened, 2 Thes 2:16-17.
2 Thes 2:16-17, “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17comfort and strengthen your hearts (right lobe) in every good work and word.”
- There are three spheres of the believer’s walk that are necessary in order to produce Divine Good.
a.) In the sphere of Faith, 2 Cor 5:7, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
b.) In the sphere of the Holy Spirit, Gal 5:16, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” Cf. Rom 8:4 w/ Eph 5:18.
Eph 5:18, “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit.”
We are filled with the Spirit through the confession of our sins to God the Father, 1 John 1:5-9, (Rebound), at which point we are able to produce Divine Good, 2 Tim 2:21, “Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.” Therefore, the production of Divine Good is related to the believer’s honor.
c.) In the sphere of His Word / Bible doctrine, Eph 5:9; 3 John 3. The mechanics include Bible Doctrine residing in the human spirit cycled into the right lobe, whereby Divine good is produced through that doctrine.
3 John 3, “For I was very glad when brethren came and bore witness to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.”
- The Grace Apparatus for Perception, GAP, (the teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit to the believer), is the means for the production of Divine good, Col 1:9-10; 2 Tim 3:17; Titus 2:7.
- Therefore, the production of Divine Good comes from the source of God directly, and mechanically it is produced by the Balance of Residency, which is the Filling of the Holy Spirit and Bible Doctrine applied from the soul, which can only be produced through non-meritorious faith in God and His Word. This is also called operating inside of God’s Power System, (GPS), Heb 13:10, 15-16.
- The production of Divine good is related to victory in the Angelic Conflict.
Rom 12:21, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with the production of Divine good.”
- The believer in phase two is the recipient of grace in time for the production of Divine good as a manifestation of tactical victories inside the Angelic Conflict. The “New Man,” (new spiritual species), is created to utilize God’s grace provision for the production of Divine good, 1 Cor 15:10; 2 Cor 9:8; Eph 2:10.
1 Cor 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
2 Cor 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
- Divine good will be rewarded in the eternal state, 1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10.
- Principles of Divine good.
a.) The good of mankind is relative; the good of God is absolute.
b.) Divine good lasts forever, while human good may last a day, a month, a year, or even more.
c.) Divine good is absolute and eternal, while human good is relative and temporal.
d.) Human good can be performed in the energy of the flesh, since human good is both the function of the carnal believer and unbeliever related to the Laws of Divine Establishment.
e.) The believer’s production of Divine good is rewardable both in time and eternity.
The believer’s production in the status of carnality or Christian degeneracy is classified as dead works, Heb 6:1; 9:14; cf. James 2:17, 26.
The sentence began in vs. 8 is now concluded in vs. 10.
Eph 5:10, “Trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”
The beginning of this passage is a little soft in the NASB. It begins in the Greek with the Verb DOKIMAZO, δοκιμάζω in the Present, Active, Participle in the Nominative, Masculine, Plural. The Participle here is in the imperative sense for a command. DOKIMAZO means, “To try, prove, discern, scrutinize, test, examine, distinguish, or approve.”
In classical Greek, the term was used for “testing” the genuineness of metals and coins to determine their value. The intent of DOKIMAZO was primarily to eliminate the dross and recover the valuable or genuine remains. That which has endured this process or trial was then “accepted” or “approved.”
It was also used of persons who could be “put to the test” or “scrutinized.” If the tested person were “approved,” DOKIMAZŌ was used to describe their state of acceptance. In regard to our passage this all applies to our Divine Good Production, “the Fruit of the Light.”
As such, in the NT, it is used as the “testing process” which salvages the good and discards the useless, whereas another Greek word, PEIRAZO, often means, “to try.” The opposite is ADOKIMOS that means, “to castaway, or disqualify.”
2 Cor 13:5, “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?”
1 Cor 11:28, “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.”
Rom 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Phil 1:10, “So that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.”
As we noted in vs. 9, our DGP will be examined at the final judgment to determine whether the believer’s work and service pass the test, 1 Cor 3:13. 1 Cor 3:13, “Each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.”
Therefore, the context here is not simply to “try” something in the sense of to make an effort, but instead “prove” how the light of God works in your life to produce Divine Good, so that you will be approved at the BEMA seat of Jesus Christ.
This is noted in the last part of our passage, “what is pleasing to the Lord,” TIS EIMI EUARESTOS HO KURIOS.
EUARESTOS, εὐάρεστος is an Adjective from EU that means, “well,” and ARESKO, “to please,” that means, “pleasing, well-pleasing, or acceptable,” typically not used as an evaluation but as a goal of the Christian life.
BDAB notes, “In the Greek world it was used commonly of things and especially of persons noted for their civic-minded generosity and who endeavor to do things that are pleasing.”
It is also used in Rom 12:1-2; 14:18; 2 Cor 5:9; Col 3:20; Heb 13:21. These passages tell us of that which is acceptable to God, whether it is the believer’s body (our conduct), Rom 12:1, labor / works, 2 Cor 5:9, sacrifices, Phil 4:18, or general obedience to God and His Word.
Rom 14:18, “For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.”
2 Cor 5:9, “Therefore also we have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.”
In addition, Heb 13:21, tells us that the believer’s good works through Jesus Christ, (the Light), are “well-pleasing” to God, i.e., our “Fruit of the Light.”
Heb 13:20-21, “Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, 21Equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Therefore, before we say or do anything, we should always ask ourselves this question, “does it please God?” If the answer is “yes,” then do it. If the answer is “no,” or “I’m not sure,” then we should not say or do that thing. We should always be proving in our lives “what is acceptable to the Lord,” versus what is characteristic of a life that is practicing sin. The basis for our yes or no is always the Word of God.
If you have Bible doctrine in your soul, you have the ability to test everything in life. You can tell what pleases the Lord and what does not, if you have doctrine in your soul. Bible Doctrine is the norm or standard whereby you determine these things. Therefore, the basis for our yes or no is always the Word of God, and the object of our approval is the Lord, the one in whose interest the act of testing is performed. The more things you can test in your life, the more you will be victorious inside the Angelic Conflict, and the more you will glorify God in both time and eternity.
Verses 11-13, are an amplification of this principle.
Eph 5:11, “And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them.”
This begins with the connective Conjunction KAI, “and,” to emphasize how to produce Divine Good by avoiding sinful acts of Satan’s cosmic system.
“Do not” is the negative Particle ME that goes with the following Imperative mood as an imperative of prohibition.
“Participate,” is the Verb SUNKOINONEO, συγκοινωνέω in the Present, Active, Imperative for a command. It means “to participate or to share; to be associated with someone in some activity in the sense of actually taking part, or to be connected.” It comes from the prefix SUN, “with,” and the Verb KOINOO that means, “to share, make common, defile, consider defiled or ceremonially unclean, or to pollute.”
SUNKOINONEO is also used in Phil 4:14, in a righteous sense as sharing in Paul’s sufferings by sending him a contribution for his needs, and in Rev 18:4, as a warning to not participate in Satan’s cosmic system. In our passage, we are warned to not participate, be a partner with, or be involved in the things of this world, (Satan’s cosmic system), that do not produce Divine Good. So, Paul is urging the Church to stop being involved in “works or deeds,” ERGON, which are “unfruitful,” AKAROPOS, and come from “darkness,” SKOTOS, which reminds us of Eph 4:17-19 and the black out of the soul of reversionism. This is the activity of the Old Sin Nature in the sphere of sins, lust pattern, and human good. Therefore, God expects believers to avoid both participating in and associating with people who do ungodly things, and to not participate in those unfruitful deeds of darkness.
Next, we have a triple emphasis. “But instead even,” which is the contrasting or adversative Conjunction, DE, “but,” with the Adverb of comparison MALLON that means, “more than, much, rather, on the contrary, instead of, etc.,” which is a marker of an alternative to something; “rather,” in the sense “instead of something.” With this is the Ascensive Conjunction KAI used here as “even,” to express the final addition to the point of focus. Therefore, instead of participating in sinful deeds that are unfruitful, we should “expose them,” which is the Verb ELENCHO, ἐλέγχω in the Present, Active, Imperative, which once again is a command to “refute, convict, or reprove,” sinful and unfruitful deeds in the moment. In other words, exposing sin for the evil it is.
In classical Greek, ELENCHO especially denoted, “to disgrace or to put someone to shame.” It referred to “cross-examining or questioning someone for the purpose of disproving or reproving, to censure, or accuse.” Later it generally denoted, “to examine or to investigate.” With these definitions in mind, the NT has as its goal a restoring or an establishing of a relationship, whether that relationship is between persons, Mat 18:15; 1 Tim 5:20; 2 Tim 4:2; Titus 1:13; 2:15; cf. John 8:46, or a person and God, John 16:8; Heb 12:5.
Mat 18:15, “And if your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.”
1 Tim 5:20, “Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also may be fearful of sinning.”
2 Tim 4:2, “Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.”
But the sense of “to expose” should not be overlooked, as reproof “exposes” sin for examination, John 3:20.
John 3:20, “For everyone who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
The correct function of a Royal Priest in phase two is to expose human viewpoint, to expose satanic doctrine. That means the exposure of socialism, the exposure of the social gospel, the exposure of religion and revolution, and anything that is anti-establishment, in addition to the exposure of sin and sinful lifestyles.
“Exposing sin” is in the sense that in love you identify a person’s sin or sinful behavior so that they are able to recognized it as sin, and if an unbeliever, turn to Christ for the forgiveness of their sin for salvation, and if a believer, they are able to confess it to God, 1 John 1:9, and regain fellowship with God, a.k.a. be filled with the Holy Spirit, Eph 5:18. By seeing their actions as evil, a believer can cleanse himself of them, 1 John 1:5-7, realizing they are detrimental not only to him but also to others.
Therefore, the heart of ELENCHO, whether meaning, “to expose” or “to reprove,” is the purpose of steering the guilty party who is an unbeliever toward redemption, (Positional Sanctification), which is the work of the Holy Spirit, John 16:8; 1 Cor 14:24; Jude 22, or for the believer to regain fellowship, (Experiential Sanctification), with God, i.e., be filled with the Holy Spirit, Eph 5:18.
John 16:8, “And He (God the Holy Spirit), when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin, and righteousness, and judgment.”
So, we translate Eph 5:11, “And do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove those walking in them.”
You see, “light reveals God; light produces fruit; but light also exposes what is wrong. No surgeon would willingly operate in darkness lest he made a false move and take a life. How could an artist paint a true picture in darkness? The light reveals the truth and exposes the true character of things. This explains why the unsaved person and reversionistic believer stay clear of the church and the Bible. God’s light reveals their true character, and the exposure is not very complimentary. As we Christians walk in light, we refuse to fellowship with the darkness, and we expose the dark things of sin for what they really are.” (Bible Exposition Commentary, BE Series.)
Therefore, according to this verse, we have two basic obligations with respect to sin:
- Have nothing to do with it.
- “Reprove” those who are inviting you to sin.
The idea contained in the first obligation is literally “stop participating with people who practice sin.” The second obligation is even more drastic, because sinners usually do not like the light turned on when they are practicing evil in darkness. But it is our obligation to show them the light of Jesus Christ which exposes their sin with the hopes of repentance in their heart.
John 15:22, “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.”
Just as a healthy person unconsciously exposes the handicaps and sicknesses of people he visits in a hospital, so the believer exposes the darkness and sin around him just by living in their New Man, their Christ like nature.
If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson #’s:
17-017 – 17-019
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!