A Study In Contrasts (Ephesians 5:1-7)Darrell Hershberger, February 7, 2016
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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We have been given a lot, an incredible world. This is God's kingdom with so much beauty, good interaction, and meaningful work. But Satan and the Fall has distorted all that. Truth becomes twisted and it becomes hard to see the truth.
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children:" There is security growing up as one of God's children. There is the assurance that God is in control and like a dad, is able to take care of us. There is so much love in this family and we are able to share it with others. Darrell mentioned instances with the recent funeral and other times where love has being practiced. This is evidence of genuine Holy Spirit work.
The beauty in God's truth isn't as readily recognized as in other aspects of God's creation. God's design isn't limiting. It is just the way the world was made to work. Constant exposure to worldliness can make it hard to think Biblically. We need to keep God's picture in front of us and believe it. We need to be immersed in what is good, beautiful, true, and pure. We need consistent, transparent relationships. Parents need to be clear about sexuality with their children.
Contentment and gratitude are the opposite of covetousness. When we are giving thanks we are content with the way God made the world and we are thankful for what we've been given. We bless those around us. We are not wanting or looking for things that are wrong for us.
5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; (ESV)