But be ye filled with the Spirit — In all his graces, who gives a more noble pleasure than wine can do. Because God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you, therefore be ye followers of God, imitators of God. What the will of the Lord is — In every time, place, and circumstance. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 5:15-20 EXEGESIS: EPHESIANS 4-5. Join John MacArthur as he explains each verse in a way that is both doctrinally precise and intensely practical. If we are guilty of these sins, then we are not acting to fulfill God’s will but are foolish, unprofitable servants. To the Lord — Jesus, who searcheth the heart. Let us therefore be careful with our time, endeavoring to serve the Lord well through efficient and effective service to our earthly supervisors. In the following directions concerning relative duties, the inferiors are all along placed before the superiors, because the general proposition is concerning submission; and inferiors ought to do their duty, whatever their superiors do. [20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Giving thanks — At all times and places. You will find that you will want to lay down this commentary and shout praise to our King for His great salvation in Jesus Christ. The standard for true love, wisdom, kindness, justice, and so on is the character of God Himself. View Resource, Matthew Henry comments, “We must witness against the sins of others, and endeavor to convince them of their sinfulness in our words; but especially by the holiness of our lives.” Our holy living has consequences not only for our own sanctification but also for the eternal good of others. Confess your need of Him to make you obey truly and fully. These things, along with qualities including love, joy, patience, and self-control, are the marks of the true Christian. View Resource, John Chrysostom reminds us that “the times do not belong to you” (ACCN T 8, p. 180). © 2021 Christianity.com. View Resource, Today’s passage also tells us that evidence of the Spirit-filled life includes being full of song and delight (Eph. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of how this truth is to be applied in difficult circumstances. Study the bible online using commentary on Ephesians 5 and more! With all possible care redeeming the time - Saving all you can for the best purposes; buying every possible moment out of the hands of sin and Satan; out of the hands of sloth, ease, pleasure, worldly business; the more diligently, because the present are evil days, days of the grossest ignorance, immorality, and profaneness. [15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. in all its fullness to as many people as possible. Ephesians 5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Be Imitators of God. The Next 500 Years: 2017 National Conference, Naming Ligonier the Beneficiary of a Bank or Investment Account, Gifts That Provide Income and Tax Benefits. Circumspectly — Exactly, with the utmost accuracy, getting to the highest pitch of every point of holiness. ... And John MacArthur says about that in his The MacArthur Bible Commentary: a great mystery. Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design. Study the bible online using commentary on Ephesians 5 and more! View Resource, Knowing the will of the Lord — a church united in truth and love — is easy. And arise from the dead — From the death of sin. It also requires us to put what we are reading into practice. [19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Speaking to each other — By the Spirit. The fruit of the light — Opposite to " the unfruitful works of darkness," Ephesians 4:11. [3] But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; But let not any impure love be even named or heard of among you - Keep at the utmost distance from it, as becometh saints. Nor foolish talking — Tittle tattle, talking of nothing, the weather, fashions, meat and drink. Even those who are in authority over people — including husbands, executives, and parents — must submit to those under them in a spirit of service. Exposing the Darkness Devotional. They want to please God and are seeking to mortify the flesh, and we should do all that we can to help them. Even if something might be “lawful,” it might not be “helpful” (1 Cor. View Resource, The Apostle Paul’s teaching on our sanctification is ultimately a call to the imitation of Christ (1 Cor. This means that we cannot define these moral qualities without reference to the Lord and that we cannot base our understanding of these qualities on the way the world understands them. Love others just as Christ loved us. As their own bodies — That is, as themselves. While the book is indeed a commentary on Ephesians, Dr. MacArthur has written for the goal of helping every believer know their status in the kingdom of God. Resemble him especially in his love and pardoning goodness, as becomes those beloved by their heavenly Father. Dr. MacArthur writes with that one purpose in mind. In Christ's sacrifice his love triumphs, and we … Reprove them — To avoid them is not enough. Try it for 30 days FREE. Ephesians 5 Commentary, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. [22] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. This review was written for Ephesians: The MacArthur New Testament Commentary - eBook. And he is the Saviour of the body — The church, from all sin and misery. Believers do not practice such things perfectly, but they should be able to find some evidence, however small, of these graces in their lives. And spiritual songs — On any divine subject. Therefore: Here, Paul concludes the thought from Ephesians 4, where he described how Christians should relate to one another. On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but are more apt to gossip and backbite. Otherwise, in all indifferent things, the will of the husband is a law to the wife. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series comes from the experience, wisdom, and insight of one of the most trusted ministry leaders and Bible scholars of our day. But how frequently even this quenches the Spirit, those who are tender of conscience know. In the name of, or through, our Lord Jesus Christ - By whom we receive all good things. May we also seek to make the most of every opportunity to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. [16] Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ye were once darkness — Total blindness and ignorance. View Resource, There are men and women struggling with sexual sin in all of our congregations. Brent Kercheville March 16, 2014 The apostle Paul has taught his audience that they have a new identity in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 5:28–30. Thank the Lord for your blessings this day. I have 2 of the e-book commentaries and both exceed my expectations. [30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Commentary on Ephesians 5:1,2. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ’s is the head of the church and he is the Saviour of the body. Written by John MacArthur The Carnal Christian - by Ernest C. Reisinger ... (Ephesians 5:2) must include the saints of all time. Be ye therefore followers— Imitators. For whatsoever doth make manifest is light - That is, for nothing but light, yea, light from heaven, can make anything manifest. 23:11). God’s people have reason to rejoice, and to sing for joy.” Though we do not deny the reality of pain, Christians should be the most joyful of people, and this joy should be evident in our corporate singing. View Resource, Within the family structure, husbands are accountable to the Lord for the manner in which they lead their homes, and wives are accountable to God for submitting to their husbands’ authority. [11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Dr. John MacArthur writes, “As believers walk in the light of the truth, the knowledge of the Lord’s will becomes clear” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1699). [31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Ephesians 5, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. Therefore, we should pay close attention to the words and actions of Jesus if we want to understand what a life of true holiness looks like. ... MacArthur, Sproul, Piper, Washer, Chan . (Ephesians and 2 Corinthians) They are SO easy to use as e-books..always right on hand. [18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Wherein is excess — That is, which leads to debauchery of every kind. They should rather focus on their own responsibilities and seek to be faithful in them. [17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. View Resource, Studying the Word of God does not consist merely in coming to an intellectual knowledge of its contents. As you study Scripture with us this year, pray that God would use your study to conform you to His image. [13] But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Insofar we are as able, we are to pattern ourselves after the image Jesus has given us in loving repentant sinners, serving other people, confronting unrighteousness, and so on. For we — The reason why Christ nourishes and cherishes the church is, that close connexion between them which is here expressed in the words of Moses, originally spoken concerning Eve. Having cleansed it — From the guilt and power of sin. 5:4). You will find that you will want to lay down this commentary and shout praise to our King for His great salvation in Jesus Christ. Because of these things — As innocent as the heathens esteem them, and as those dealers in vain words would persuade you to think them. If we think that there is no price to following the Savior, we are kidding ourselves. View Resource. He gave himself for us—a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to … 6:12). [1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; Of God — In forgiving and loving. O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great! View Resource, Because it is hard to find a detailed list of do’s and don’t’s regarding sexual behavior, it is easy for us to justify certain activities or thoughts that may in fact not be edifying. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 5 Sermons. If we are honest about our own sins without seeking to excuse them, other repentant sinners will feel welcome among us. Not having spot — Of impurity from any sin. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. View Resource, ‹ Previous In the NT, mystery identifies some reality hidden in the past and revealed in the NT age to be written in Scripture. Singing with your hearts — As well as your voice. Husbands should not be concerned primarily with the duties of their wives, and wives should not be attentive chiefly to the demands the Lord gives to their husbands. Next ››, The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God This beautiful letter tells Christians of their great riches, inheritance, and fullness in Jesus Christ and in His church. That he might sanctify it through the word — The ordinary channel of all blessings. [12] For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Furthermore, we often prize our own opinions over the truth. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. “You are light in the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8). By there being no inspired songs, peculiarly adapted to the Christian dispensation, as there were to the Jewish, it is evident that the promise of the Holy Ghost to believers, in the last days, was by his larger effusion to supply the lack of it. Donate Now. As unto the Lord — The obedience a wife pays to her husband is at the same time paid to Christ himself; he being head of the wife, as Christ is head of the church. View Resource, The fruit of light listed in today’s passage — goodness, righteousness, and truth — are examples of what Paul elsewhere refers to as the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. Ephesians 5:32 (NASB) This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. Try it free for 30 days. Ephesians 5:11-14 For (gar) introduces an explanation (see discussion of the great value of disciplining yourself to paus and ponder terms of explanation ). Read Ephesians 5 commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. b. Take some time today to recognize your own proclivity to find loopholes in God’s Word. [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Or jesting — The word properly means, wittiness, facetiousness, esteemed by the heathens an half-virtue. Awake thou that steepest — In ignorance of God and thyself; in stupid insensibility. THE CONTEXT. Saith — In the general tenor of his word, to all who are still in darkness. Of God— In forgiving and loving. Fix that problem! Ephesians has rightly been titled the believer's bank and the treasure house of the Bible. Ephesians 5:8: “For ye were once darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 5 Sermons. He that loveth his wife loveth himself — Which is not a sin, but an indisputable duty. Subscribe and Get Sermons and Live Streams by John MacArthur DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX! NET RSV ASV YLT DBY ... Ephesians (No. ) We cant content ourselves comparing us among men. Not as fools — Who think not where they are going, or do not make the best of their way. In everything — Which is not contrary to any command of God. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands — Unless where God forbids. By the washing of water — In baptism; if, with "the outward and visible sign," we receive the "inward and spiritual grace.". It is not linguistically technical, but deals with linguistics when this seems helpful to proper interpretation. Particularly he enjoins on husbands the duty of loving their wives with all tenderness Ephesians 5:25-33; on fathers, the duty of treating their children so that they might easily obey them Ephesians 6:4; and on masters, the duly of treating their servants with kindness, remembering that they have a Master also in heaven; Ephesians 6:9. Therefore we must endeavor to study His Word, pray, fellowship, and evangelize, always remembering that if we do such things without having our character conformed to Christ, then we have not done them rightly. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands, in every thing. 5:22–24). As Eadie puts it gar "states a reason, and an awful and solemn one it is." a. The general theology of Ephesians is direct, unambiguous, and presents no ideas or interpretations whose meanings are seriously contended. Which are not convenient — For a Christian; as neither increasing his faith nor holiness. [24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Dr. John MacArthur writes, “As believers walk in the light of the truth, the knowledge of the Lord’s will becomes clear” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1699). With this kind of affection, with this degree of it, and to this end, should husbands love their wives. That is the key verse for this section. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of how this truth is to be applied in difficult circumstances. This price might even mean a martyr’s death, but for most of us it will mean putting up with the flaws of others, being eager to forgive, and being willing to give up what we want to do in order to serve others. As light we expose the darkness making the law of Christ visible to the world. Dr. John MacArthur writes, “A Christian husband is to care for his wife with the same devotion that he naturally manifests as he cares for himself (v. 29) — even more so, since his self-sacrificing love causes him to put her first” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,702; hereafter MA BC). We must heed the idea of 1 Peter 1:15-16: as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Matthew Henry comments: “Though Christianity is an enemy to profane mirth, yet it encourages joy and gladness. When we recognize how greatly the Lord has blessed us and how we do not deserve God’s favor, we are more likely to be content with what our Creator has given us. John MacArthur (February-27-2020) Spirit-Filled Living (Ephesians 5:18-21). O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great! 5 You are God’s dear children, so try to be like him.2 Live a life of love. If we have lost our time heretofore, we must double our diligence for the future. ... including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! Goodness and righteousness and truth — Opposite to the sins spoken of, Ephesians 4:25,etc. This means creating an atmosphere where repentant sexual sinners feel that they can share their burdens without being seen as scum. [6] Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. And Christ shall give thee light — Knowledge, holiness, happiness. [29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: Nourisheth and cherisheth — That is, feeds and clothes it. 11:1). The general mean ing here is, that Christianity does not break up the relations … Walk as children of light — Suitably to your present knowledge. While the book is indeed a commentary on Ephesians, Dr. MacArthur has written for the goal of helping every believer know their status in the kingdom of God. In the Psalms - Of David. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. The head — The governor, guide, and guardian of the wife. The Ligonier Ministries site requires Javascript, but you’ve got Javascript disabled. As we seek to image and reflect God, let us continually turn to His Word so that we can understand what it means to be what He calls us to be. As we seek to please God, humbly admitting how we fall short of His standards, we provide a beacon of hope to those trapped in the darkness of sin. Chapters include: - The Riches of His Grace (Ephesians 1:1-14) For this cause — Because of this intimate union. We can easily conform to specific commands while violating their spirit. 1 [26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. Ephesians - Berean Charts Ephesians Introduction - John MacArthur Ephesians Introduction- James Van Dine Ephesians Introduction - J Vernon McGee Ephesians Introduction - Myer Pearlman Keys to Ephesians - William Orr Synthetic Bible Study on Ephesians - James M Gray (1906) The Epistle to the Ephesians- Charles Smith Lewis in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Even as Christ loved the church — Here is the true model of conjugal affection. Adverse, since al ] work together for good things, along with including. 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