Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:3-14
“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)
Paul is contrasting the dark deeds of the flesh with the new life of light that we have in Christ. He spells out the deeds of darkness — immorality, impurity, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talk, and crude joking (vs. 3,4). He says that those who practice such things have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God (v. 5). Instead they will incur the wrath of God (v. 6). He then warns us — “Therefore do not become partakers with them, for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord” (vs. 7,8).
God rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of His Son (Colossians 1:13). Christ’s kingdom is the kingdom of light. Therefore, we are to walk as children of light, that is, to live as those who have the light of Christ to guide them. The fruit of His light is that which is good and right and true.
God’s children have also been called to expose darkness — “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (v. 11). Sin must be exposed. How do we expose sin? “For it is shameful even to speak of the things they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by light, it becomes visible, for anything that comes visible is light” (v. 12). We expose the “unfruitful works of darkness” by living as children of light. People will see the difference when we are living in a godly manner. This is why Jesus said — “You are the light of the world…In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14a,16).
God’s gracious invitation is extended to those who are still walking in darkness — “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you” (v. 14). Here is the call of the gospel. Repent of your sins and come to Jesus!
Lord Jesus, let Your light shine upon me. Enable me to see the fruits of darkness and resist them. Grant me grace to walk as a child of the light. Let me live my life in such a way that those who are still in darkness can see my good works and give glory to You.
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