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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Two

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 2            Page 2

The Spirit Filled Life


V. 7 ** Why does Paul give this command at this point in his letter to the Ephesians?

He knows that we will imitate someone - and he has just encouraged us to be an imitator of God,
"Therefore" we are not to be "partakers with them".

** How comprehensive is this command?

summetachos - lit. "a joint partaker", Paul has just listed in verses 3-5 the world's sinful pattern which is not "even to be named among" Christians. We must not become partners with them in living out that kind of life.

** With whom are we to be partakers?

Other Believers in Christ - remember Ephesians 3:6

V. 8 ** In verse eight Paul uses two unusual expressions, one to describe our past and the other our present. What are they, and what about them is so unusual?

1) We were darkness (not in darkness) cf. Colossians 1:12-13

2) We are light (not in light) cf. Matthew 5:14-16

Paul is describing our very nature. What we were before we came to know Christ and what we have become by the grace of God. cf. 2Corinthians 5:17
Our lives ought to reflect who we are!

** What happens when you try to mix light and darkness together?

One will flee from the other!

** According to verse 8, why would Paul warn us not to be partakers with world around us?

We were "formerly" darkness, but now we are light!
Since we have become new creatures in Christ, we must not act or think like our former life. When we are living "The Spirit Filled Life" we are different from the inside out.
cf. 2Corinthians 6:14-16

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