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Walking in Wisdom (Part 2) – Ephesians 5:19-21

Last time we saw that there are three things that the believer must do if he or she is to walk in wisdom (15).They must redeem the time (16), understand the will of the Lord (17), and be filled with the Spirit (18).However, the apostle goes on to talk about the effects of walking wisely, and there are three things that he lists in verses 19-21.These are singing to the Lord and to one another (19), giving thanks to the Lord (20), and submitting to another in the fear of God (21).
One preliminary observation I think it is important to make is that these things are done in the context of community.We are to sing to one another (the KJV “speaking to yourselves,” although a possible translation, is not quite on the mark; it ought to be translated, as it is in most versions, “speaking to each other”), and we are to submit to one another.Even the practice of giving thanks is described in such a way as to point to community: we are to give thanks “in the name of our Lord Jesus,” so that as we …
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Walking in Wisdom (Part 1) – Ephesians 5:15-18

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Walk as Children of Light – Ephesians 5:8-14

In verse 8, we come across this little word “walk” again.The implications of the gospel upon one’s daily life are powerful and pervasive.We are to walk in unity (4:1-16), in holiness (4:16-32), in love (5:1-7), and now in light (5:8-14).Of course, there are overlaps between these categories, for you cannot walk in holiness without walking in love.And light is a Biblical metaphor for both holiness and joy.We are told that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” and that “if we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 Jn. 1:5-7).We are also reminded that “light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart” (Ps. 97:11).So walking in light is walking in holiness and in the joy that springs from a life of godliness.They do go together: “For the kingdom of God…