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ALL IN THE FAMILY (26 of 36)
FAMILY MATTERS (1 of 6)
Those of you who have been following our study in the
book of Ephesians know that the opening chapters have
to do with our riches in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is
the great section on doctrine which tells us what
Christ has done for us and what God has done for us in
the Lord Jesus Christ. We first of all have studied
our riches in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Then beginning in chapter 4 we moved into the
practical section of the book which talks primarily
about our responsibilities in the Lord. We have been
looking at some of the practical applications of the
Christian faith on the basis of what we have in the
Lord Jesus Christ. He has been talking about personal
behavior. Back in the 4th chapter, verse 1 he says,
"walk worthy of the vocation wherewith you are
called." Following that beginning about our walk, he
moves for several verses in chapters through a
discussion of our personal behavior.
You know, of course, that the word "walk" does not
just refer to your literal walking. It is the Bible
way to describe your behavior-how you conduct your
life every day. About seven times in the entire book
of Ephesians we have this theme of walking used. It
begins back in the second chapter, second verse where
it says "in time past ye walked according to the
course of this world." That is, you lived your life.
You behaved on the basis of your sinful condition.
Now that we have come to know Christ as our Savior, we
have been called to a higher life-to a holier life.
The scripture has told us that we to walk in a way
that will be consistent with our Christian testimony.
Look at chapter 5. Three times it talks about our
walk. In verse 2 he says "and walk in love." Down in
verse 8 he says, "walk as children of light." In the
15th verse it says, "walk circumspectly, not as fools
but as ...
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