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Redeeming the Time (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Redeeming the Time (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Ephesians 5:15-17; Judges 6-7

I. How is time “redeemed”?

    A. To “redeem” is to buy back again
    B. Past darkness vs. present light (Ephesians 5:8)
    C. Past mistakes should serve as motivation to make the most of present opportunities

II. The example of Gideon

    A. A time of darkness in Israel (Judges 6:1-10)
    B. Gideon’s task: save his people (Judges 6:14, 25-26)
    C. Gideon’s obstacles: fearful and careless men (Judges 7:3-7)
    D. Gideon’s needs:

      1. Faith (Judges 6:12-16)
      2. Strength (Judges 6:12)
      3. Obedience (Judges 6:27)
      4. Humility (Judges 7:2; 6:15)
      5. Courage (Judges 6:27)

III. Present parallels

    A. A time of darkness (Ephesians 5:11)
    B. Our task: save our people by pointing them to Jesus (Luke 19:10; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 9:6; 10:6; 1 Corinthians 15:1-2; 2 Timothy 2:2)
    C. Our obstacles: fear and carelessness (2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Corinthians 10:12; Ephesians 5:15)
    D. Our needs:

      1. Faith (Romans 10:17)
      2. Strength (Ephesians 6:10)
      3. Obedience (Hebrews 5:9; Matthew 7:21)
      4. Humility (James 4:6, 10)
      5. Courage (Ephesians 6:18-20; 1 Peter 3:14)

Adapted from a sermon by Curtis E. Flatt (1921-2018)

The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:1-17)

The Christian Walk (Ephesians 5:1-17)

Ephesians 5:1-17

I. Walk in love

    A. Imitate the love of Christ’s sacrifice (Ephesians 5:1-2; Rom 12:1-2)
    B. There are activities “not fitting for saints” (Ephesians 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21)
    C. “Let no one deceive you” (Ephesians 5:6-7)

      1. Jesus was a “friend of sinners” (Luke 7:34)
      2. But He had the aim of teaching and converting, not “partying with them” – our aim must be the same (Matthew 5:13-16)

II. Walk in light

    A. Bearing the fruit of the Spirit “in all goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Ephesians 5:8-10; Galatians 5:22-23)
    B. No fellowship with darkness (Ephesians 5:11)
    C. Responsibility to expose darkness (Ephesians 5:12-14)

III. Walk in wisdom

    A. “Circumspectly” – “exactly, accurately, diligently” (Ephesians 5:15)
    B. “Redeeming the time” – taking advantage of opportunities as presented, as you do not know how many opportunities remain! (Ephesians 5:16)
    C. “Understand” (Ephesians 5:17; 3:4; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17)

Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 95/260: Read Ephesians 5

Paul takes great care to warn his readers against impurity. To his young friend Timothy, he wrote, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). He also advised the young preacher, “Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22). He urged the church in Philippi to meditate on whatever is pure (Philippians 4:8).

Here in Ephesians 5, the apostle lists several sinful deeds, and says, “let it not even be named among you.” He tells them that those who use “empty words” are those who will face “the wrath of God,” and implored them, “Therefore do not be partakers with them.”
One of his strongest warnings comes in the eleventh verse. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.”

Many people grew up with mothers who warned, “You need to choose your friends; don’t let your friends choose you.” In other words, don’t just go along with whatever crowd tries to recruit you, but pick a group of friends who have the same morals that you read about in the Bible.

Who are your friends? Are they pure? Are you?

Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)

Ephesians 1:22-23. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Pray

Pray for wisdom in choosing the pure path of righteousness.