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Ephesians 5:1-21

In the first half of this chapter (vs.1-21) the apostle Paul exhorts the saints to walk in love (v.2), light (v.8), and circumspectly (v.15). The latter half (vs.22-33) deals with Christian marriage. 
The real Christian life is more than a profession, it is a practical walk. A walk implies some things: •Life – dead men can't walk (Eph. 2:1)   •Liberty – those that are bound can't walk (Rom. 6:17)  •Light – we don't walk in darkness because we wouldn't know where we are going (v.8) 
[1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  [2] And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Modern versions change “followers” to “imitators.” The greatest imitator of God is Satan (2 Thess. 2:4), but he certainly doesn’t follow God. Satan has imitation bibles that his imitation preachers preach out of to imitation Christians. We need real Christianity, not an imitation! The children of Sat…

Ephesians 4:17-35

[17] This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  [18] Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:  [19] Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
The emphasis throughout the remainder of the epistle is on how we ought to walk in our daily life. On the basis of our position in Christ (“therefore,” v.17), we need to “work out” our own salvation by faith (Phil. 2:12-13). There is no excuse for the Body of Christ to walk as “other Gentiles walk.” When Paul tells us how to live, he is careful to say that he is doing so “in the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:1-2). In other words, he is not merely speaking as a man to other men, but the Lord is speaking through him to us. The word “henceforth” means from this time forward (Rom. 6:6; 2 Cor. 5:15). Pa…

Ephesians 4:7-16

[7] But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. [8] Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. [9] (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? [10] He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) [11] And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Unity (vs.1-6) does not negate diversity and individuality. In the one Body of Christ there are many different members. Paul was given the measure of grace needed to fulfill his ministry as the apostle of the Gentiles (Rom. 12:3; 15:15; 1 Cor. 3:10; 15:10; Eph. 3:7-8).
The Body of Christ had sign gifts during the transition period of Acts, before Israel was officially set aside as a nation (1 Cor. 1:22) and the Bible was complete. The sign gifts such as miracles, healing, and to…