To Be an Imitator of God, Here is What Not to Do, Part 5 — Ephesians 5:5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #8)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:1-5:

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.

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Henry Drummond said, “The family circle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.”

Today, we are continuing our focus on the things we ought not to be doing as Christians who are commanded to be imitators of God. In our last message, we began looking at a most serious warning from the Apostle Paul. He says that a person who persists in a sinful lifestyle will miss out on the kingdom of God and go to hell. One of those lifestyles which we dealt with yesterday, is the lifestyle of the whoremonger or one who is engaged in sexual sin.

Next, Paul says the “unclean person… hath [no] inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” The Greek word used here refers to a person who is unclean in a moral sense, unclean in thought and life, impure, morally lewd, demonic, or foul. The Theological Dictionary of the New Testament states that uncleanness is “a work of the flesh, that is of the unregenerate person who is subject to natural desire. Christian sanctification covers believers so that they are no longer unclean.”

The Scriptures have a lot to say about living a clean, pure life. In the Old Testament, God instituted cleansing rituals and other restrictions that the Jews had to abide by if they wanted to live in communion with God. God is offended by uncleanness in the lives of His people. In James 1:27, we are told “to keep oneself unspotted [unsullied, undirtied] from the world.” Purity of heart, life, and motives is important to God. In 1 Peter 2:11, we are told to “abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”

Because of the impact of sin, the world is an ugly, dirty place. God commands us to live pure lives in the midst of this ugliness. We should not allow ourselves to be dragged down into the cesspool of wickedness that is seemingly celebrated in our culture. We have a better “inheritance” to look forward to. This inheritance is the kingdom of Heaven which all saints will be a part of. And Revelation 21:27 tells us “there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth [anything or anyone that is impure or unclean], neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Paul challenges us to look at our lives. If we are living an impure life, we need to examine ourselves and see if we be in the faith.

Let’s pray.

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