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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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