Imitators of God
Ephesians 5:1-7
Imitators of God & Partners of the World
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Published November 16th, 2020; Updated December 4th, 2020
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Be imitators of God by following Christ's example of obedience and not by partnering with the sons of disobedience.
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Ephesians 5:1-7
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j Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
And k walk in love,
[By] walking in love,
l as Christ loved us
as Christ loved us
and m gave himself up for us,
and [so he] gave himself up for us,
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a n fragrant o offering and sacrifice to God.
[which is] a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
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But p sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness q must not even be named among you,
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you,
as is proper among saints.
as is proper among saints.
Let there be r no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking,
[Therefore] Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking,
s which are out of place,
which are out of place,
but instead t let there be thanksgiving.
but instead let there be thanksgiving.
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For you may be sure of this,
Because you may be sure of this,
that u everyone who is sexually immoral
that everyone who is sexually immoral
or impure,
or [everyone who is] impure,
or who is covetous
or [everyone] who is covetous
( v that is, an idolater),
(that is, an idolater),
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has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
w Let no one x deceive you with empty words,
[Therefore] Let no one deceive you with empty words,
for because of these things y the wrath of God comes upon z the sons of disobedience.
for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
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Therefore a do not become partners with them;
Therefore do not become partners with them;
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Devotional Imitators of God vs Partners of the World (Saints vs Sinners) Ephesians 5:1-7 The Prince of preachers, Charles Spurgeon, once said this, "I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present time has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church. ” Whatever that means, it certainly seems true that the church has become more worldly. I’m not referring to things like the music we use, or how we dress. I’m thinking about questions like these: 1. Do we really believe what God has said about sexual morality? 2. Do we believe that all sexual activity outside of marriage is wrong? 3. Will we obey God or enthrone our own desires? Nothing good can happen when we blur the lines God has drawn. There are saints and there are sinners. Saints live one way because they are saints. Sinners live another way because they are sinners. But saints ought to live like saints and not like sinners because of who they are in Christ . That’s the message of Ephesians 5:1-7 It gives us the reminder, the warning and the reason. It reminds us that we are God's children (v.1) and that we are greatly loved. (v.2) It warns us about what the saints should avoid, In verses 3-4 Paul mentions specific sins Christians should avoid, "But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving." Lastly, it gives us the reason or ground why to avoid it, why? because, they have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (v.5), and God's wrath comes upon the sons of disobedience (v.6). That's why this passage ends with a note in verse 7, Therefore do not become partners with them (v.7) Don’t share in the lifestyle of people who are going to hell! Don’t be tricked into thinking that you can live like they live. You can’t! It’s contrary to the gospel that saved you. Now the question is, are you going to be imitators of God or partners of the world? a saint (living in repentance) or a sinner (living in sin)? You can be for Jesus or you can be for the world. But you really can’t do both at the same time. If sinners look at us and can’t tell the difference, how will they ever want what we have, or even believe there is a difference? We are the children of God, greatly loved for Christ’s sake, God’s holy people. None of this came to us by our own merit because we have no merit to claim. We are sinners whom God turned into saints through the blood of his own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. All that we have is a gift of grace.
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