Ephesians 5: 8-14, From darkness to Light
V 8, For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
We were once spiritually dead, spiritually blind, and we walked in darkness. When we are born again, we are made alive, regenerated, spiritually awakened, and walked in the light of Christ. We are children of Christ and belonged to the family of God. As Christians, we are the light of the world.
Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”.
V 9, (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
When we are born again, we receive the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which frees us from the requirement of the law
Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law”.
VV 10-11, 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
Paul commanded his listeners, (and us), not to have anything to do with the unfruitful works of satan. Instead, we are to expose them to other Christians through correct teaching.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.
V 12, For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
Sinful things done in secret and in darkness are shameful.
John 3: 20, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed”.
V 13, But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
Jesus Christ the light of the world exposed all things. Nothing is hidden from His omniscient power.
John 1: 5, “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it”.
Hebrews 4:13, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account’.
John 3:19-21, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
V 14, Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”
When we are born again, we are made alive, awakened, regenerated, and received the true light of Jesus Christ.
John 1:4-5, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it”.
John 1:9, “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world”.