“For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:8-10)
The gospel is about a change in status. At one time we lived our lives in darkness. We were separated from God and were in bondage to sin. The sinful state of mankind is often spoken of in terms of darkness. When we were in darkness, we lived our lives according to the principles of the world. We were driven by “the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions” (I John 2:16). We were without God in the world and thus we were hopeless and helpless. We belonged to the kingdom of darkness. Thus Paul writes, “For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (v. 5).
When the gospel comes to bear upon a person’s life, his or her status changes — “For at one time you were in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (v. 8a). We moved from darkness to light. We were blind, but now we see. Because our status has changed, we are to live according to our new position. We are now in Christ and we are to live according to His light. “Walk as children of light.”
Paul says, “for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true” (v. 9). We are to look at Jesus and see His goodness and righteousness. We are to acknowledge that He is truth. As we appropriate His presence in our lives, we are able to “discern what is pleasing to the Lord” (v. 10). We must choose to “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (v. 11).
Lord Jesus, may Your goodness, righteousness and truth guide me in the decisions I make. Enable me to walk in Your light as I try to discern what is pleasing to You.
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