Bible Studies for Life
February 25 2017
Ephesians 5:8-14 (HCSB)
It is apparent when you turn on the news that we live in a world where sin and darkness abound. We live in a relativistic culture where right is wrong wrong is right and there is no understanding of absolute truth. In this post-truth culture facts and objective truth in the shaping of public opinion have given way to emotion and personal beliefs. There is an embracing of sin endorsing of sin and the calling of sin something else. When we come to Christ the Light of the world and live as light we present a very sharp and inviting contrast to the darkness of sin.
Paul told the Ephesians that they were once darkness but now are light and must walk as children of light (Eph. 5:8). The marks of this kind of walk are “goodness righteousness and truth” (Eph. 5:9). Doing this is pleasing to God (Eph. 5:10).
It is not enough to refrain from the sins of those who are disobedient they must be exposed. Paul was referring to church members and they must be held accountable. The church is responsible for attempting to turn unrepentant members from their sin (Matt. 18:15-20).
What is the best way to expose the darkness of sin? Paul said “Everything exposed by light is made clear” (Eph. 5:13). This is literally the mission of the church – to move things from darkness to light.
Ephesians 5:14 says a person who is participating in the deeds of darkness is to “get up and rise up from the dead.” In other words turn from the deeds of darkness. He finished the verse with “and the Messiah will shine on you.” He is the source of light that exposes all those in darkness and transforms them into light.
In this relativistic culture it is most important that believers be light. Because He is the Light and He has called us to be light we are the beacon of light and truth in a very dark place.