WALK IN THE LIGHT
The Apostle Paul continues in these verses a theme that he began
in the fourth chapter. Having laid the great doctrinal foundation of
our riches in the Lord Jesus, he now makes practical application and
says several times, walk. He is talking here about the lifestyle of a
born again Christian - how we ought to behave, how we ought to live our
life on a daily basis. So, using the figure of speech of life as a
walk, our lifestyle as a walking day by day, he gives us a series of
commands or exhortations.
You will notice in the fifth chapter, the second verse he says
"walk in love." The atmosphere of God's child always ought to be love.
We ought to walk conscious of the love of God and we ought to walk
demonstrating love and living love in our relationships with other
He comes to another now in chapter 5 and 8th verse. He says,
"walk as children of light." There is a contrast drawn in these verses
between what we used to be before we came to Christ and what we are now
that we have received Him as our Savior. He says in verse 8 - "You were
sometimes darkness." Notice he didn't say you were in darkness, he said
you WERE darkness. The Bible teaches that those outside of Christ are
in the darkness of sin. But when Christ, the Light, comes into a heart
and a life, the Scripture says that we are translated out of the kingdom
of darkness into the kingdom of God's dear Son. HE says that's what you
used to be - you were darkness. Now, he says, you are light. He
doesn't just say you are in the light. But he says you are light. When
Jesus walked on the earth He said, "I am the light of the world." Then
he said to believers, to you and to me, "You are the light of the
world." The only Jesus some people will ever see is the Jesus they see
in you and me. Everyday we are to walk in light. We are to let the
light shine. Jesus put it this way: "Let your light so shine before men
that they ...
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