Once Darkness, Now Light

—Ephesians 5:1–14 (pt8)

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(link to my own translation from the Greek text)


God’s Laws

Eph 4:22–24

  1. to put off according to your previous way of life, the old man
          which is being corrupted according to deceitful desires
  2. to be renewed in the spirit of your minds
  3. and to put on the new man
          created according to God in righteousness and true holiness.


Ephesians 4:17–5:2


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Ephesians 5:1–6


1 Corinthians 6:9–11

  1. Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, practicing homosexuals, 10thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  2. Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ9 and by the Spirit of our God.

Galatians 5:19–21

  1. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity,
  2. idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions,
  3. envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!

Colossians 3:5–6

  1. So put to death whatever in your nature belongs to the earth: sexual immorality, impurity, shameful passion, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry.
  2. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming on the sons of disobedience.

The point

  1. This is not about falling into sin, but chosing to stay in it
  2. He does not say “avoid these things and you will be saved”
    • Instead it is “These things are signs of the old, not the new”
    • It is ultimately about Who you are not what you do
    • But what you do does reveal who you are!
  3. So the command is to let who you are now override who you were

Ephesians 5:7–14