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FRAMEWORKS: Paul's letter to the Ephesians

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v.1-20 Walking in the light
v.21-33 Instructions for Christian Households


[Chapter Synopsis: Because of all that has happened to us that we've just been considering, let it be reflected in the way you live, following Christ. Let this be especially true in family life with his sacrificial love showing us the way to live out our marriage relationships.]



v.1-20 Walking in the light


[Passage Synopsis: Yes, follow Christ's example, especially in respect of love, avoiding any form of immorality or wrong talking, for such isn't the way of the kingdom, so don't let the world lead you astray because you're in the light now and they are darkness, don't be filled with wrong human desires but with the Spirit.]


v.1,2 (as God loved you through Christ, follow His example) Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

v.3 (don't let there be any sexual wrong or bad attitudes towards others) But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.

v.4 (nothing bad in your speech, only what is good and thankful) Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.

v.5 (no such people as these will inherit the kingdom) For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

v.6 (let no one lead you into disobedience) Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.

v.7 (don't side with such people) Therefore do not be partners with them.

v.8-10 (you're in the light now, which expresses goodness, righteousness and truth, doing God's will) 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.

v.11 (steer clear of those works of darkness) Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

v.12 (don't even speak of what they do) It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.

v.13 (light reveals everything, and as you received it, you became light) But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.

v.14 (hence the saying about waking up and letting Christ shine on you) This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

v.15,16 (so be alert, wise and taking every opportunity to do good) Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

v.17 (so understand God's will in all these things) Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

v.18-20 (don't let wine lead you astray but instead let the Spirit fill you with joy and songs of praise and worhsip) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.



v.21-33 Instructions for Christian Households


[Passage Synopsis: Be open to one another in humility whether husbands or wives with the husband leading the way in sacrificial love that makes it easy for the wife to follow. It's the pattern of the church and Christ and he has certainly led the way in sacrificial love.]


v.21 (give way to one another for Christ's sake) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

v.22,23 (wives do it with your husbands according to God's order) Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

v.24 (let the church and Christ be your example) Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

v.25-27 (husbands you've got to go much further being an example of Christ giving up your life for your wife) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

v.28 (love your wife as you do yourself – putting her first!) In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

v.29,30 (isn't that how we think about ourselves?) After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.

v.31 (at the beginning the order was they would become one) “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” [Gen. 2:24]

v.32 (yes that is marriage partners but also the church and Christ) This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.

v.33 (so this is the order to aim for and follow) However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.



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