In Ephesians 5, the apostle Paul continues his discourse directed to the Ephesian church in which he is describe what their spiritual walk, empowered by grace, should look like. He shifts the conversation of the letter from the Christian’s position to the Christian’s practice. After spending the majority of the early part of the letter expounding the boundless nature of God’s love, Paul begins to speak to their walk as God’s children. Without forgetting this love, then, how does God’s love inform our walk?
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is a comprehensive letter encompassing the entirety of the Christian life. The apostle’s adamant representation of the gospel of grace is what leads him to write about what this grace does in the life of a believer. In chapter 5, then, Paul moves and strives to show that it is this same grace of God that delivers us that also makes us different.
A sermon from Ephesians 5.
The world is inundated with the notion of making life count and leaving a legacy. Society, then, does all it can to be remembered. To do something that “matters.” But Jesus’s words in Luke 14 serve to remind us that the cost of discipleship is always worth it. That a life lived for Jesus is never a waste.
We often misunderstand the concept of faith, which breeds all manner of harebrained schemes to define faith on new grounds. We’ve trained ourselves to stand in wonder at the heroic, patriarchal faith of the most prominent biblical figures and see their success as God blessing their faithfulness. This has become the bar for “victorious Christian living.” But I’d say that nothing could be further from the truth.