Love in the Word Church

Ephesians 5

Paul has spent 4 chapters telling us how we are to be different from not only the world, but also different from the Jewish converts of the church that wanted to hold onto their pasts beliefs and customs. A very common theme in his writings is sexual immorality because it was then and is now a prime area of sin for not only the world but the Church. What I find crystal clear is that if the Church looks like the world then the Church, not the world, has a major problem. The world may be ignorant of God's standards, but we who have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are called to a higher and specific calling. We received this calling when we first believed. Clearly stated is that our faithful deeds or works MUST accompany our confession of faith; otherwise we do not have faith. If we love God, we show that by our obedience to Him and to His authority. Paul shows why greed is actually idolatry and our attitudes must be one of love, gentleness, and unity. Just take a look at your own self and ask how you measure up to Paul's stated standards. Our fruits will display WHO we are, not our Words! "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light." [Eph 5:8-13]. So that we cannot say that we do not know about these things, Paul then shows how God dispenses His authority among the Church (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers). He does not stop there. Ultimately it is the nuclear family that is the second witness to God's authority. So Paul describes the order of the family. Husbands are the heads of their homes as Christ was the head of the Church and gave His life for it. Wives are to submit to the authority of the husband and the children are to submit to the authority of their parents. None of this is new. It was established in the Garden of Eden. Do our families look like this today? Have we been sold by the world of political correctness and cultural conditioning, a bill of goods that will not gain us entry into the Kingdom after Judgement? We are told to LOVE the world, but to keep ourselves from its characteristics. Let us be clear about the Gospel message and use our freedom and liberty to mold our lives according to the Will, Purpose, and Calling of God. Amen.