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Transcript of Ephesians 5:8-14
Definition of Light
It is a natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible
Importance of Light
Sight - without light falling on objects, nothing gets reflected
luminous - objects that generates own light
illuminated - objects capable of reflecting light
Plants - uses light to produce food
Can we produce light?
Can we produce darkness?
Because darkness is the absence of
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible— and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
v8 - for you were formerly darkness.
John 3:19 - This is the verdict: Light has come into the world,
but people loved darkness instead of light because their
deeds were evil.
goddess of procreation
men and women here performed very lewd sexual acts
Ephesus was once the place to go to to completely fornicate.
Just like if you want to gamble big time go to the casinos in Las Vegas.
John 8:12 - When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 12:46 - I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
Having accepted Jesus Christ as our light and having invited Him into our lives, we ourselves should shine and radiate.
Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
The light shining from us must reflect the same light that Jesus Christ radiates.
Quality of Illumination of an object has two factors :
1. Intensity of light shining on an object.
2. The quality of the object the
light is shining on.
with regards to the intensity of the source of light,
it would always be the brightest and purest of light because the light we're referring to is our Lord Jesus Christ
But with the second part, we ourselves should be shiny to reflect a great radiance.
LIVING as children of light.
a rough, dark, irregular object will not be as reflective as a smooth,
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.
v9 - for the fruit of the light consists in all
uprightness of heart and life, kindness
the condition acceptable to God
a) the doctrine concerning the way in which
man may attain a state approved of God
b) integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness,
correctness of thinking feeling, and acting
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become
RIGHTEOUSNESS of God.
we can never be righteous in ourselves.
Isaiah 64:6a - All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
1 John 1:6
If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness we lie and do not live out the truth
Jesus answered, "I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except thru me."
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
v11 - Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.
We speak the truth with love.
Luke 17:3 - so watch youselves. "If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him."
Matthew 5: 14-16
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.