Lesson No. 476
Book of Ephesians, Chapter 5
"Be Ye Therefore Followers of Christ"

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Living as a child of the light

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 10 proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21 submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives and husbands 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26 that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27 that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30 for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

Lesson No. 476 "Be Ye Therefore Followers of Christ”

Book of Ephesians, Chapter 5 08/25/2019

1. Why does Paul say we should follow Christ (Hint: verse 2)

2. What should not be ‘named’ among us as Christians in verse 3 and 4? But why? (Hint: verse 5)

3. Verses 6 through 12 provide advice and warnings for us, about what? I thought we are suppose to witness to those in ‘darkness’?

4. How do we witness to deceivers who are unfruitful and not be influenced by them? (what does ‘reprove them’ mean? verse 11)

5. Verses 13-15 say this in a different way; how do we walk ‘circumspectly’? What does verse 16 mean?

6. Verses 17 through 20 give us does and don’ts: be wise, understand the will of the Lord, don’t be drunk, be filled with the Spirit, think on psalms and hymns in our hearts, and give thanks always in the name of the Lord.

7. And who do we all submit too? (Hint: verse 21)

8. Now women…..hear this! Verses 22 through 24! Where does Paul get this from and can we have good marital relations without this?

9. God intends for our families to have the same ‘model’ as the church.

10. Now men…hear this! Your task is MORE difficult! We must give ourselves for our wives as Christ gave himself for us; verses 25 through 30.

11. Note Jesus is preparing and presenting us the church to himself as sanctified, cleansed, glorious, unspotted, unwrinkled, holy, without a blemish as men ought to love their wives.

12. The parallel with Jesus and the church and our family service, submission, and love is right on! Husband and wife are one flesh spiritually without other family ties that upset the roles of each (verses 32).

13. Verse 33 says it all- husbands must love their wives sacrificially and women must reverence (respect) their husbands- note God made women to love their husbands.

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