Studies in Ephesians – Ephesians 5:1-20
W – A – L – K
Note: In the letters of Apostle Paul we often find a theological discourse followed by practical guidelines for living. Chapter five of Ephesians focuses on the practical side of Christian living. No less than three times in this passage Paul speaks of the Christian walk.
See also: Acts 24:14; Ps. 86:11; Micah 6:8; Col. 2:6; I John 1:7
Will – v 17 – God’s will is not a mystery that cannot be discovered. It is revealed in God’s word.
Awakening – v. 14 – To follow the will of God we must be awake. Wake up. Let the sleep and vain dreams vanish like a morning fog.
Light — v. 8, 13 – How different the attractions of the world seem in light of the Gospel. By comparison things that appeared attractive now are seen as tarnished goods of slight worth.
Knack — v. 15-16 – In winter to work on a new house, we had to wade through deep snow to get to a house. If you stepped in the footprints of the leader, you could keep the snow out of your boots. There is a style to walking the life of belief. Watch a believer like Peter or Paul. Watch the Master, and follow in that path.
Exemplary Story: Three times in this passage the Christian life is compared to a walk. It is not a race, and it is not a hop-skip-and-a-jump. It may be no walk in the park, since that was abandoned by Adam and Eve. It is a walk, and we have a trailblazer to make our footfall sure. An old hymn says it well, “O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free.”