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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…
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Living Out the Grace of Christ – Ephesians 4:31-32

If you are a New Testament Christian, you believe that you are saved by grace and not by works (Eph. 2:8-9).You believe that you are justified before God not on the basis of merit but solely on the basis of what Christ has done for you (Rom. 4:5).We must believe this, for Scripture teaches us that we have no ground of boasting before God.There is nothing that we can point to in ourselves or that we have done that made us worthy of God’s good and saving favor.Moreover, if we are honest with ourselves, we have to confess that this is true.We know that they are sinners and worthy of God’s eternal judgment.We know that left to ourselves we would have never come to God.The only way we can have any assurance that we are saved is if the ground of our salvation lies outside of ourselves.If salvation were based on what we are or do, we could never be sure that we were pure enough or had done enough.We would forever be suspended in painful doubt, wondering if death would bring us before God’s b…

Grieve not the Holy Spirit – Ephesians 4:30

It has sometimes been argued that the Holy Spirit is an influence or a power, but not a person.Our text should put such thoughts to rest once and forever.You can’t grieve an influence, whereas you can grieve a person.The Holy Spirit is not just a reference to the outworking of the power of God in the world, the Holy Spirit refers to the third person in the Trinity.This is of course a mystery, but we believe it because the Scriptures teach it.The Holy Spirit is God, as is taught in Acts 5:3-4, where the apostle Peter equates lying to the Holy Spirit with lying to God.The Holy Spirit is distinct from the Father and the Son, as can be seen in the baptism of our Lord, but also in his relationship to the Son and the Father in John 14:26 and 15:7: proceeding from the Father and being sent by the Son.When you put these things together, that the Holy Spirit is given personal, Divine, and distinct properties, the doctrine of the Trinity emerges with respect to the Holy Spirit.
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