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WALK IN LIGHT (24 of 36)
Last Wednesday night we looked at the first two verses
of this chapter. I want to point out to you that we
are following the practical theme of the last part of
this letter to the Ephesians. The emphasis is built
around the word "walk". In verse 2 of chapter 5,
"walk in love." Tonight, in verse 8, "walk as
children of light." The word "walk" there means more
than just walking around. It means your total
lifestyle--your behavior, the way you live your life
as a Christian.
He told us back in the 2nd chapter that before we came
to know Christ as our Savior, we walked according to
the course of this world. Now, in Christ, we have a
new walk—a new lifestyle. That's the guiding theme
through these practical verses.
The other thing I want you to notice is that as you
read through these particular verses, you will find a
series of contrasts. In the 2nd chapter there was a
contrast between death and life. He talks about what
we once were and what we are now. In chapter 2 he
said "we were dead, now we are alive in Christ." then
he talked about the fact in that same second chapter
that we were once afar off. But now we have been made
near in Christ.
Then in the 4th chapter he gives another contrast
between the old man and the new man. The person we
used to be before we met Christ as our Savior. The
person we are now by virtue of a new birth experience.
The new man is created the Bible says in 4:24. It is
created in the likeness of God.
Zoom in for a moment on the 8th verse and I want you
see the contrast which drawn in these verses. "For
you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in
the Lord, therefore walk as children of light." See
that contrast. You were darkness, now are you light.
What verses 3-10 do for us is show us this rich
picture of how as believers we have stepped out of the
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