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.
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.
Paul David Trip said, “In the family, life is brought not only to our doorstep, but into our kitchens, bedrooms, and dens. In the family, life is happening all around us, and it begs to be questioned, evaluated, interpreted, and discussed. There is no more consistent, pregnant, dynamic forum for instruction about life than the family, because that is exactly what God designed the family to be, a learning community.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “My goal is GOD HIMSELF. Not joy, not peace, not even blessing, but HIMSELF… my GOD.”
In the first 14 verses of this chapter, we have considered the works of the children of darkness (or the “children of disobedience”) as well as the reasons why we, the children of light, ought not to be engaged in them. However, we cannot put our heads in the sand (or in the clouds) and simply ignore the darkness and sin that is in the world.
Temptation is all around us. It is in our communities, our churches, and our families. Our children are affected by it. Our spouses are affected by it. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are affected by it. And, of course, the world is infected with it.
Jesus Christ has called us not just to condemn the darkness, but to shine a light in it. As we touched on yesterday, this process of shining a light should start in the church. However, we should also be shining a light in our own homes. We are to reprove (or rebuke) those who are walking in darkness in our families. This should not be done in a spirit of pharisaism or being ‘holier-than-thou.’ Rather, it is simply the nature of light to expose darkness. If you as a father, husband, mother, or wife are trying to live right, you cannot allow evil to creep into your family without confronting it. John says, “The light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Verse 13 says, “all things that are reproved [rebuked] are made manifest [exposed] by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest [expose] is light.” If we are walking in the light, we will be irritated by the darkness around us. We will not like it if others in our family, in our church, or in our workplace are engaging in sin. We will be compelled to help them see the error of their ways. That is our obligation to those around us who claim to be Christians. And this is the point where the foundation is laid and the environment is set for real revival to take place in the family first and then the church.