Ephesians 5816 Essay

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Ephesians 5816







Ephesians 5: 8-16

Ephesians 5: 8-16 is about how we are the light and the hope of the world. This passage
tells of how we need to live with righteousness and truth. It explains of how we must not
have anything to do with fruitless deeds, but instead we should expose them to the light.
For this, in turn, will make the darkness visible and the light will wake up the
disobedient. It also instructs us to live a wise life and to make the most out of every
opportunity we have. This passage has great meaning and speaks to us all.

Outline
1. We were at one time darkness but now we are light in the Lord and we must live like it. (Ephesians 5: 8-9)
2. Discover what satisfies the Lord. (Ephesians 5: 10)
3. We not participate in any wrong doings, but we should bring them into the light to expose them. (Ephesians 5: 11)
4. Mentioning what the defiant do in concealment is shameful, however we must make the
mutiny visible through the light. (Ephesians 5: 12-13)

5. The light will wake up the disobedient and Christ will shine on them. (Ephesians 5: 14)
6. We must be wise in how we live, taking advantage of every opportunity we are given, for
the days are evil. (Ephesians 5: 15-16)


In the beginning of the letter of Ephesians it states that Paul was the author. Even
though the letter states this, it has been questioned if Paul was really the author. It
is expected that Paul wrote the letter near the time he wrote the letter to the
Colossians, and probably was still in jail. “The canonicity of Ephesians has never been
in dispute. Its title appears among the titles in every known list since Marion’s
Insrumentum of A.D. 140”(Wood, 19). At this time the people were not exactly sure of
their purpose and Paul helped them realize what it is that God expects of them. The
people were in a world of confusion, they did not know what to believe.

This letter is Different than a lot of the writings from Paul. Many of Paul’s writings
were critical of the churches when they strayed from what God wanted. However, the
purpose of this letter was to create a stronger base of understanding, an understanding of
God’s purpose and what he wants from us.

Paul wrote the letter of Ephesians to assist the people in the understanding of the
dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and grace. He also wrote this letter so that the
people would recognize the high goals he had for the church. Leading up to Ephesians 5:
8-16, Paul says to be imitators of God. He teaches how to live a life of love by being
moral, pure, and unselfish. Ephesians 5: 8-16 continues to tell how to be an imitator of
God and live in the light of the Lord. This passage is greatly


important because it is about how we are the children of light and how we need to carry out our lives.
1. We were at one time darkness but now we are light in the Lord and we must live like it. (Ephesians 5: 8-9)
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) (Ephesians
5: 8-9). “Here Paul enlarges on the contrast between darkness and light” (Wood, 69).
They were not in the dark and then in the light. They were the dark and then they were
the light. Darkness refers to when they were lost and did not know the Lord. They were
the light when they were saved and became one in Christ. “The whole paragraph plays on
the rich symbolism of darkness and light, ‘darkness’ representing ignorance, error and
evil, ‘light’ representing truth and righteousness” (Stott, 199). The word, you, refers
to the Christians back then and also the present-day Christians. To live as a child of
the light you must have goodness, righteousness, and truth. “Goodness is the achievement
of moral excellence combined with a generous spirit. Righteousness was understood by the
Greeks as giving all their due. Truth was to put all your trust in God” (Wood, 70).

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