How to Walk in the Light, Part 3 — Ephesians 5:8-10 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #14)

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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 5:8-10:

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.

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Adrian Rogers said, “The same Jesus Who turned water into wine can transform your home, your life, your family, and your future. He is still in the miracle-working business, and His business is the business of transformation.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “One of these days some simple soul will pick up the book of God, read it, and believe it. Then the rest of us will be embarrassed.”

Today, we continue looking at the things we ought to be doing as Children of Light. Our lives ought to be starkly different from the lives of those who are still in darkness, who still belong to this world and the prince of this world. We will be of no help to the world if we cover our light or hide it under a bushel as Jesus said.

We should show forth the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We saw that part of our fruit is “goodness” — moral uprightness in heart and life. Then, Paul adds, “righteousness.” Strong’s Lexicon defines the Greek word as the “state of him who is in a condition acceptable to God.” We will not be acceptable to God with sin in our lives. That is why He sent Jesus to save us; we could not be made righteous on our own. We are made righteous before God because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Thus, we ought to be obedient to God — to live as one who has been made righteous.

Another fruit of the Holy Spirit living inside of us is “truth.” This is more than just speaking the truth, but, as John Gill said, it is to be “opposed to lying, to hypocrisy, to error, and to falsehood.” Not only must our words be true, but our lifestyle must be true, transparent and authentic. As children of the Light, we ought not to live in the shadows, hiding things from others and trying to hide things from God. The Christian life is one of truth and light.

We ought to seek to please God and have all of our actions be acceptable to Him. Verse 10 reads, “Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.” The Greek word for “proving” means “to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, to deem worthy.” Our actions as Christians ought to be genuine. When we do good, we ought to do it out of a Godly heart and spirit, not with hypocritical motives. God is not just looking on the outside — at what we do and say — but on the heart, and He will judge us accordingly. Just as a child seeks to please his or her parents, we ought to seek to please our Heavenly Father.

To walk in the light is to be good, righteous, and true.

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