To Be an Imitator of God, Here is What Not to Do, Part 8 — Ephesians 5:5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation #11)

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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 5:5-7: “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. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.”

Thomas Fuller said, “Charity begins at home, but should not end there.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “If we displease God, does it matter whom we please? If we please Him does it matter whom we displease?”

Paul has warned believers against engaging in sexual sin, uncleanness, covetousness, foolish talking, and coarse jesting, yet, there are those who would tell us that these things are harmless, that we can sin and get away with it, and that God will overlook our sins because we are His children.

There are those who would “deceive us with vain words.” Those who believe that they can get away with sin even as a Christian believe something that is empty and devoid of truth. God requires more of us, not less, because we are His children. And, if we are His children, we will be eager to obey Him and please Him in all that we do. As Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

Paul reminds us that the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience because they do the very things that God has commanded us not to do,and that Jesus Christ died for. The implication is that, if God does not hesitate to punish sinners who do not believe in Him, what kind of Father would He be if He let His own children get away with the very same sins. Surely, our punishment in this life will be more severe because we have been shown the truth of God’s word.

We ought not to engage in the same sins that the world is engaged in. We have seen the light and we need to walk in it.

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