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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Ephesians Chapter 5 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (60 AD)
Overview: Paul Proclaiming Unity in the Body (c 1-6)
Theme: Unity in the Church (c 4-6)
Message: Living in the Spirits Power  (v 1-33)

Ephesians 5 Commentary

(5:1-14) Living in the Light - In 4:17-24 Paul described, in general terms, the putting off of the old self and the putting on of the new; in 4:25-31, he described particular sins of speech and personal animosities. He continued here in 5:3-4, further describing actions that are unsuitable among the Christian community. Paul understood that this is a process. Because of our relationship with God through Christ and the power given us through the Spirit, we are to become Godlike in our characteristics and obedient disciples in our lifestyles.

(5:15-20) Living by the Spirit's Power - Because of believers’ responsibility to live in the light (5:8) and to expose evil, they must be careful how they live. Their lives must please God (5:10), and they must conduct themselves before unbelievers so as to shine with Christ and draw others to him.

(5:21-33) Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands - Paul presented concepts governing household behavior. Household codes were common among Jewish and Greek communities. As Christianity spread, it aroused suspicion. Tensions grew between Christians and the rest of society. This required Christians to have high standards for their behavior. Paul outlined God’s plan for Christian behavior in the home.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Redeeming the Time

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book ofEphesians with Chapter 5 and in our text we see Paul reminding the Church to walk in the light of the truth of the Word of God, Redeeming the time, and principles for a successful Marriage. In making application I am drawn to the Statement of Redeeming the Time because as Christians we have the Holy Spirit, God's Word, and a limited time on this Earth so we should focus and Strive to walk in the Light verses the Darkness of Sin and Foolishness. How about you? Do you see how time is so valuable. Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of Paul to walk in the light and to live with a focus and purpose, to redeem the time, for our days on this life are numbered and we have all we need to live Godly lives in our Lord and Savior - Jesus Christ.


Ephesians 5

Ephesians 5

 1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

 2And 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.

 3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

 5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

 6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

 7Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

 8For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

 9(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

 10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

 11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

 12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

 13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

 14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

 15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

 20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

 23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

 24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

 27That 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.

 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.