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October 27, 2017

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Memory Verse of the Week

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”
(1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV)

Ephesians 5 (ESV)

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.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. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; 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), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

“Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

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  1. When Paul writes in Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”, he contrasts this with what it means to not walk in love and to not give ourselves up the sake and benefit of others (Ephesians 5:3-5).

    He goes on to warn the church at Ephesus (and us) to not let anyone deceive us with empty words because the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6). Empty words has come up a lot lately in our reading and discussions around God’s word, huh?

    Then Paul exhorts us to:

    1. Look carefully how we walk (not as unwise but wise)
    2. Make the best us of the time (because the days are evil)
    3. Don’t be foolish (but understand what the will of the Lord is)
    4. Don’t get drunk (but be filled with the Holy Spirit)
    5. Address each other in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs
    6. Sing and make melody to the Lord with our hearts
    7. Always give thanks for everything
    8. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ

    Paul illustrates our submission to one another in the context of marriage and Christ’s example to us in Ephesians 5:22-28 then he writes, “For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body” (Ephesians 5:29-30).

    These verses are so profound. Jesus Christ nourishes and cherishes us as members of His body! Paul also references the relationship between Adam and Eve and the profound mystery that as a husband and wife are no longer two individuals but are one, we are one in Christ! As members of His body, we are all part of Him and He loves us and gave himself for us. He cherishes us and nourishes us.

    Father, help our church to realize our full potential in Christ. As members of the body of Christ may we all live in love, respect and mutual submission to one another and to God. Help us to follow Christ’s example in all things and be imitators of God and walk in love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  2. Ephesians 5:25-26. When I do my daily devotions I use the acronym S.O.A.P. Soap is used with water to cleanse us from impurities. The word of God washes us and cleanses us from our impurities also. Here is the acronym S.O.A.P. broken down.

    S. Scripture-I choose a passage that I’m going to journal on for the day
    O. Observation-I write down what I am observing about the passage that I will journal for that day
    A. Application-How does this passage personally apply to me
    P. Prayer-How can I pray this passage in my life or the life of others

    I find that doing daily devotions, reading the Bible everyday and writing down what God is saying to me helps me to keep in the light whatever may be hiding in the darkness (Ephesians 5:11-13) that it may be cleansed and purified.

  3. Ephesians 5:14 is so cool! I love verses like this: “direct orders,” if you will, in one short sentence that’s easy to remember. Something I can repeat to myself to remind me to stay on His path with Him, as I go through “days that are evil,” reminding myself to make the best use of my time.
    I also love the words, “in reverence for Christ.” I want to revere Him, love Him & follow Him, and however difficult that can be at times, I’ll never stop doing my best.

  4. I remember reading this chapter when I was a new Christian, just a baby spiritually, and thinking Paul was showing his chauvinism born of a culture where women were property. I was of the generation of enlightened and empowered women — a true child of the ’70’s! — who stood up and fought back against male dominance and power by becoming a disciple of women like Gloria Steinem and Helen Gurley Brown. I even subscribed to Playgirl as a statement of how “equal” women are to men. I cheered strippers, prostitutes, and porn actresses on in their “taking ownership and power over their bodies,” and championed abortion as the ultimate act of that belief system.

    But I was reading through the lens of a woman coming out of the world, so I had no idea what Paul was really saying. And it is this: God’s ideal for the relationship between men and women in the body of Christ is of mutual submission and honor, with each laying down their worldly need for dominance and power and control and instead living lives reflecting the relationship we have with God in Christ.

    We should, as members of His body, follow Christ’s example in our relationships and in how we live. Walk in love and light. Do not have any part in the deeds of darkness. Put away the old way of life that revolved around self-enlightenment, self-empowerment, and self-exaltation. Submit to one another. Serve one another. Show honor to one another. Humble yourselves before God and one another. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. Put to death sin in your mortal bodies. Be ambassadors of Jesus Christ.

    1. Hi, Bonnie – Thank you for asking about these verses! 🙂

      If we are sexually immoral and impure, when we covet (which is idolatry) or we use filthy, foolish talk or joke in a crude way, we are not being “imitators of God” and walking “in love” as “Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.” Rather, we are living for ourselves (and our old way of life) which Paul says “should not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.”

      When Paul is writing to the church at Ephesus, he is not writing to a church building but to a body of believers who each have a function within the body of Christ. Paul is saying that as saints, we not only shouldn’t take part in the “unfruitful works of darkness”, but we should expose what these “works” are so that as a church, we are known for being imitators of God and are able to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

      Give me a call this week if you need further clarification or if you still have questions!

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