Spiritual Life

Ephesians 5, Part 3

Walk In Love (Ephesians 5:1-5)

Ephesians 5:1-2 - In Ephesians 5, Paul discusses the social conduct of the believer. We are called upon to be imitators of God as beloved children. Furthermore, we are instructed to walk in love. The Spirit immediately gives us the standard of that love - just as Christ loved us. The term sacrifice implies the notion of bloodshed. As an offering, Christ’s death was voluntary, but as a sacrifice, His death was costly. This sacrifice was well pleasing to God. It was a fragrant aroma to Him; for He was perfectly satisfied with the Lord’s sacrifice. If we walk in love—and love our brethren as Christ loved us, the sacrifices involved will be a fragrant aroma to God. 

 

Ephesians 5

Survey:

Ephesians 5:1-17 describes the walk of the believer. In this section, the things that are permissible and the sins that are not permissible are described.

Ephesians 5:18-21 provides a description of the inner life of a spirit-filled believer.

Ephesians 5:22-33 describes the married life of Spirit-filled believers.

 

The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:17)

Ephesians 5:1 - “Be imitators of God.”

Ephesians 5:2 - “Walk in love.”

Do we love God? The standard of that love is to love as Christ has loved us. Christ’s love was a burnt offering to God. As we love our brethren and sisters in this way, it ascends as a fragrant aroma to God.

 

The Pure in Heart, Part 2

Introduction

Let us first look at what is meant by the word heart. The heart is the center of the personality. It includes the intellect, emotions, and will. It is the center of man's being. It is the fountain from which everything comes. It is the total man. The Bible says, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Happy are those who are pure, not merely on the surface, but in the center of their being and the source of every activity.

Endurance

This word is generally translated "patience" in our Authorized Version, and by "endurance" in the New Translation by J.N. Darby. The original meaning of the Greek word is "remaining behind." It comes from the verb, "I remain behind," which in Luke 2:43 is translated this way. We find a very beautiful example of this word in the lovely story of Shammah in the field of lentiles in 2 Samuel 23:11–12. "After him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered...

Spiritual Ambition

In his second epistle, Peter describes the condition of professing Christendom and the unbelieving world as existing at the end of the age. Two particular forms of evil are recorded: first, in chapter 2, the presence of false teachers propagating unsound doctrine, accompanied by wicked deeds, prominently characterizes the last days of Christendom; second, in chapter 3, the increase of scoffing infidels signifies another proof of the last days. With arrogant unbelief...

One Naturism

Reformed theology differs greatly from Dispensational theology in many respects, not the least of which is whether the believer possesses a sin nature. Holy Scripture speaks carefully and in great detail about the conflict between our sinful nature and the new nature. Some theological traditions have not always fully acknowledged the biblical distinction between the new nature and the sinful nature in the believer. When an unbeliever trusts in the Lord Jesus Christ, God imparts His very life and...

Comments On Critical Passages for Critical Times

Passage One Caught in the web of materialism – 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Vs. 6,7,8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. Godliness is ever accompanied with contentment in a greater or less degree; all truly godly people have learned with Paul, in whatever state they are, to be therewith content (Phil. 4:11). They are content with what God allot...

Are You a Withered Leaf

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither. (Psalm 1:1-3)

 

Who Then Is Wise

Mrs. Jean Erikson, a famous psychologist and author, is now quite elderly. She was interviewed recently concerning a book she had written on aging and wisdom. She was questioned: Can one become wise before he is old? She answered unhesitatingly, "No." One must have lived life and experienced all of the stages and cycles of life before one can become truly wise. One can be very knowledgeable in his field while young but he cannot be wise as to the significance and application of knowledge unti...

Marks of a Spiritual Man

In these last days we see so many evidences of the natural man and so few of the spiritual man It is likely in our generation that the marks of a spiritual man are not clearly understood. Let us examine a few general characteristics and then take a closer look at some specific marks of a spiritual man.

SOME GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS

1.The spiritual man places greater importance on his inward state than on his physical condition. He is more concerned about exercising his spirit than exercising his body. He places more importance on his spiritual diet than on his physical diet. "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." (2 Cor. 4:16)

2. The spiritual man understands that adverse circumstances are part of the training of the inward man. He recognizes the eternal value of godly exercise under difficult trials. He sees beyond the immediate hardships and looks ahead to the eternal consequences. "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." (2 Cor. 4:17)

3. The spiritual man places his time and energy in those things which are not seen. He is keenly aware that what is seen is not lasting, but that which is unseen has eternal value. "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." (2 Cor. 4:18)

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