Ephesians 5:1 Be ye, therefore, followers of God as dear children. 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
We are to follow God as young children follow their parents. God is your Father. Follow Him like an obedient and loving child. Walk [LIVE] in love as defined by the Word of God the Father. Keep the whole Word of God as Christ kept God the Father’s Word and has loved the Father and has loved us and has given himself for us, as a pleasant and acceptable sacrifice to God. For Christ gave himself wholly and wholeheartedly to God the Father and we should follow that example and also wholeheartedly live as Christ lived.
5:3 But fornication [Pornea: All disloyalty and idolatry] and uncleanness or covetousness, let it not be once named among you as becoming saints.
We are to flee from adultery and idolatry both physically and spiritually. Spiritual adultery and idolatry is to compromise with the Word of God and to follow idols of men and corporate entities.
5:4 Neither filthiness nor foolish talking nor jesting which are not convenient but rather giving of thanks.
That doesn’t mean you can’t have a good laugh. It does mean that you should avoid filthiness [uncleanness of deeds and words] and cruel, evil, or despicable kinds of language; racial joking, racial slurs and sexual slurs and jokes, and just as bad the teaching of false doctrines and a lack of zeal to live by every Word of God.
The teachings that the Sabbath and High Days are holy but that we can pollute them and walk all over them is Filthy Communication. The teaching that people should obey the church or any person, in place of the scriptures is Filthy Communication. We should be clean minded and clean-spirited; wholeheartedly dedicated to “following the Lamb of God withersoever he goeth.”
5:5 For this you know that no whoremonger [including a spiritual whoremonger who runs after every false way] nor unclean person [spiritually a person polluted by any sin] nor covetous man who is an idolater, [Any person who allows anything to come between them and God; including the putting of men between themselves and God is an idolater.] has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Be diligent to study and live by every Word of God no matter what anyone else says, in this way those who use clever words to deceive can be discerned by their departure from God’s Word. Have nothing to do with the false teachers who do not teach a dedicated zeal to live by every Word of God.
5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words for because of these things comes the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 5:7 Be not, therefore, partakers with them.
In times past we were in the darkness of ignorance of the Word of God, but now God has called us into the light of his Word. Therefore let us remain in the light of God’s Word and not allow ourselves to be deceived back into the darkness of living contrary to the whole Word of God.
5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness but now are ye light in the Lord, walk as the children of light.
5:9 For the fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto God.
The Holy Spirit is truth and God is truth and God’s Spirit leads you into those things that are acceptable to the LORD [YHVH], acceptable to God the Father and Jesus Christ. And, God defines those things that are acceptable to him by his Word.
5:11 Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness but, rather, reprove them
That includes reproving wickedness within the assembly, because the works of darkness lead to decay and death. We are comfortable in our ruts and do not realize that much that we do is evil according to the Word of God, and is a disgrace and an offense to Almighty God.
The light reveals all things, and the light of the Word makes known all things.
Whosoever makes known the truth and rebukes the evil; is of God.
5:12 For it is a shame to even speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made known by the light. 5:13 For whatsoever does make known or make manifest is light.
5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
There are very many who hate those who expose and reprove the evils of today’s religions. Like silly foolish children they close their eyes to the truth in the vain hope that God will also close his eyes to the truth.
Brethren, ignorance is NOT bliss; for God has commanded his people to cast light on wickedness and reprove evil, so that people may have an opportunity to correct themselves before God corrects them!
lf the Watchman does not reprove sin; he is a worthless watchman; for he has not warned us that our sin will result in our correction!
The Light of God reveals those things that are hidden. And, dissipates the darkness that obscures and hides sin!
To become like God, we MUST root out and destroy all sin, cleaning our spiritual temple completely, so that no defilement remains.
To hide our eyes from our sins is the broad road that will lead to our correction and ultimately to our destruction; if we do not repent of that wickedness!
5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 5:16 redeeming the time because the days are evil.
We should concentrate on the things of God. Our physical lives are short. We think, “oh we are going to live forever.” and we turn around and we are old folks and we have wasted our lives.
We need to make the most of every hour of our lives, by learning and living by the things of God and not wasting our lives on foolishness and the ways of wickedness. We NEED to spend our days seeking the truth of God and seeking the evil within us to remove it!
5:17 Wherefore, be ye not unwise or foolish but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 5:18 be not drunk with wine, wherein excess, but be filled with the spirit.
We are not to be drunkards and that can be extended to include becoming intoxicated with any other material or any other drug or narcotic. We are not to allow ourselves to become intoxicated and to lose control of our mental and physical abilities and faculties. And, we are not to waste our time in drunkenness and wantonness and such foolishness.
Spiritually we are not to intoxicate ourselves with our own false traditions and pride in our own supposed righteousness.
The greatest intoxicant is the intoxicant of PRIDE which intoxicates the mind [spirit] and lifts us up in our own sight.
Being drunk with alcohol also has a spiritual definition; we are not to become intoxicated with the pleasures and false ways of this world; we are not to tempt ourselves with worldly pleasures or to make any physical thing our priority over perfecting ourselves and coming into total unity with Christ. We are not to delight in false teachings and the imaginations of men.
And, we should be filled with the Spirit of God, which comes through obedience to the whole Word of God.
5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord: If you are filled with God’s Spirit and you are truly happy, you will rejoice. And that rejoicing will manifest itself in a happy bubbling over, singing; kind of attitude. God’s people should not be morose and dour and sour and kind of long faced all the time. They should be happy people; happy that they are free from bondage to sin and the suffering and eternal death that sin brings.
Not a shallow superficial happiness, but a deep seated joy in the security, trust and faith, in the power of God our Father to keep his promises and deliver his loyal children from the grave to eternal life.
Oh, yes. Satan will bring persecution. But, we know that we can have deliverance and we will ultimately have deliverance by the power of God; whose power is unmatched by anyone or anything or all other things put together. Our Father in heaven is a strong fortress. And He has all power and he can and will deliver us, if we put him first. Therefore, we can rejoice in heart and in spirit, as we steadfastly face all our trials with absolute assurance and faith in the promises of God.
We should have more of a rejoicing and joyful attitude, rather than a sour kind of, oh-woe-is-me attitude. We should be happy in the things of God. And, we should be: giving thanks, always, for all things unto God and the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
One of the great sins is ingratitude. And, we should be thankful to God for the things that he has given us and the blessings he’s provided.
One of the greatest blessings being our very life existence and the potential for eternal life as spirit forgiven from sin with a strong fully healthy body and mind!
“Submit one to another in the fear of God”. That is, cooperate with one another, forgive one another, give place to the other if they have a better idea that you. Just be cooperative and supportive of each other; as long as doing so is fully consistent with living by every Word of God.
NEVER give place to another for one fraction of a second if we must compromise with our relationship with our beloved Father to do so!
5:22 Wives submit yourselves unto your husbands as you would submit unto God. 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church. And, he is the savior of the body.
Christ is the Saviour of the faithful.
The sincerely repentant brethren, those that respond to the Father’s calling, who come under Christ’s sacrifice and have been given the Holy Spirit by God and who commit themselves to stop sinning; those people have been saved by Christ who is their saviour.
Does that mean we don’t have problems? Of course not — but it means that, ultimately we will be changed and we will never see or taste of death again; once we are changed to spirit.
Therefore, as the Ekklesia is to be subject to Christ; and if a church is not subject to Christ [keeping the teachings and commandments of Christ; they are NOT a part of Christ’s body!]. And, if a group of people is subject to the teachings of this man or that man, they are not being subject to Christ. And, they had better straighten up very quickly or Christ will correct them.
5:24 Therefore as the church [the Ekklesia, the various converted brethren] is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Wives and children are to be subject to their husbands [fathers] “In the Lord, ” always putting God first and after that their fathers and husbands.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Christ gave his very life for the good of his collective bride and we husbands are not to bully our wives but we are to give ourselves for the good of our wives. Husbands are NOT to bully their wives; they are not to be selfish, but are to be dedicated to the good of the wife and family.
5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
The true Ekklesia consists of those who are called by God the Father, who have sincerely repented and resolved not to sin anymore, who have been atoned for by the sacrifice of Christ, and who have been given God’s Spirit.
The true Ekklesia is not a corporate organization. It is not a corporation. It is not one group or another group. It is the individuals, and collectively all the individuals who are filled with the Spirit of God and passionately live by every Word of God.
Husbands love your wives and live for their good, as Christ also loves the bride [the Ekklesia] and lived for and gave himself for us.
We look so much at the sacrifice of Christ and at his death and resurrection, and, this should be so; because that is a tremendous gift from Christ and from God the Father. But, there is another side to this and that is that; Christ LIVED for the Ekklesia, the bride. He lived to bring sinners to repentance. He lived to save sinners. He lived to teach the way to true holiness, to true Godliness, to justice, peace, truth, harmony and balance in all things.
Christ lived a life of teaching and service and of setting an example for the people and we need to focus not just on the death and resurrection of Christ; but on his life of total faithful uncompromising obedience and service to God the Father for the good of the bride. It was his sinless passionate obedience to every Word of God that made Christ the Lamb of God and an effectual sacrifice for the sins of the world!
Husbands we must live for God and for the families that God has given us, in the same way that Christ lived for his Father; and lived and died for his called out bride the Ekklesia. We must be following that example that Christ set; and, then be willing to take it all the way and die, if necessary, for God the Father and the way of Christ and for the good of your physical family as well.
We are to give ourselves, totally, for God the Father and for the good of our family; as Christ gave himself, totally, for his Father and for the good of his bride, his family.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word. That he might present it; his people, his bride; to himself — a glorious bride, not having a spot or wrinkle or any such thing; not having any blemish [of uncleanness or sin] at all.
We should be pure from all defilement [blemishes] of sin and all evil.
Paul speaks here about a man and a woman joining together to become one. And referring to that as an analogy that Christ is to become one with his bride — one with his faithful, one with the chosen saints. The saints are, in fact, the collective bride of Christ. They are to present themselves as a chaste, pure virgin [free from pollution by any false ways or uncleanness of sin] to Christ at their resurrection to spirit.
And to be “chaste, pure virgins” means that we are not to be polluted by following after other lovers, [DO NOT learn the ways of the heathen to believe or to do them; that is spiritual fornication and idolatry!] after other gods, and we have not allowed anything to come between ourselves and our espoused Husband. Jesus Christ becomes one with the faithful and we become one with him; in total unity of Spirit; through internalizing and living by every Word of God!.
When we are judged and chosen by God; for our absolute loyalty to, and unity of mind and spirit with, God our Father and our espoused Husband Jesus Christ; we will be changed to spirit and will become spirit as Christ is spirit; then our unity of marriage becomes complete.
And this is very much what the relationship between a man and his wife is intended to portray. These physical relationships are intended to be analogies and intended to show us the kind of relationship that we should have with Christ and with God the Father.
Wives should be obedient, faithful, cooperative, passionately loving of their husbands; the kind of wife that Christ would accept as his own bride! Likewise we should all be obedient, faithful, cooperative, passionate and loving of our espoused Husband Jesus Christ!
And the example of Jesus Christ shows us the kind of fathers and husbands we should be! Husbands are to nourish and cherish their wives as Christ nourishes and cherishes his bride.
5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
Marriage is not a domination game, nor is it an “I have my rights game”; It is about cooperating and working together for the good of the whole family. Marriage is a classroom to learn about the relationship that Christ wants with us. Marriage is also a classroom to teach leadership, patience, and ultimately the meaning of true agape love, and much else
5:32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let everyone of you in particular so love his wife, even, as he loves himself. And, the wife see that she reverence her husband. [that she esteem her husband, even as we in the faith should be esteeming our espoused Husband, Jesus Christ.]