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A Peculiar Call (11 of 21)
Ephesians 5: 1-17
We have been studying Paul's letter to the Ephesians for several weeks now -
• Remember the first portion of the letter Paul described in detail what it meant to be saved or as he put it - called.
• Then we saw in 4:1 that Paul introduced a new section by saying 1 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,
• - BALANCE SLIDE -
• The remainder of Ephesians can be understood as a description of a worthy walk.
No statement that Paul has made thus far describes the worthy walk in any more precise terms than today's text -
• William Barkley calls this, "The Highest Standard in the World"
• Alexander Maclaren calls it, "the sum of all duty"
• To Martin Lloyd Jones it was, "Paul's supreme argument… the highest level of all in doctrine and practice…. The ultimate ideal."
TEXT: Ephesians 5:1 (NASB95)
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
Since God is the source of your call
God should be the standard of your walk
Verse two tells us specifically how we are to imitate God -
You see some aspects of God you cannot imitate those are His noncommunicable attributes - you can't imitate God's omniscience, His omnipresence, etc. But Paul here is calling us to imitate the communicable attributes of God, which is the transferable attributes…specifically,
2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Imitate the Love of God
Then Paul goes on attack against the chief enemy of God's love - sensual, ungodly lusts…
Now notice this -
3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
3 things I want you to notice… first of all notice -
1. A Peculiar Combination
3 But immorality or any impurity
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