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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Two

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 2            Page 3
V. 8 (Cont'd.)

** Does that mean we have nothing to do with the unsaved world around us?

No - in fact, we are to reach them for Christ! cf. 1Corinthians 5:9-13, Matthew 28:19-20

We simply do not partake in their lifestyle.

** Having identified us as "light", what is Paul's positive exhortation at the end of this verse?

"Walk as children of light" - be who you are!

** Do you recall Paul using the metaphor of walking before?

Yes, Ephesians 2:10, 4:1, Colossians 1:10, 2:6, 1Thessalonians 2:12

V. 9 ** What will be the fruit of our life if we will simply be who we were created to be?

"the fruit of the light", what a blessing to those around us! From our spouse, to our brother or sister in Christ, to our lost neighbor, even to our enemy.

** What are the three manifestations of the fruit of the light which are listed for us here in this verse?

Goodness agathosune - moral excellence, willingly and sacrificially done for others.
cf. 1Thessalonians 5:15
Righteousness dikaiosune - we know that we have gained the righteousness of Christ by grace through faith, but we are still commanded to live our life "in" righteousness. cf. Romans 6:12-13
Truth aletheia - this is dealing with the characteristics of honesty, reliability, trustworthiness and integrity, all of which support our efforts to be living "The Spirit Filled Life".

V.10 ** What is the driving force in our lives? Why would we want to live in this way toward our spouse?

We are "trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord". When we sacrifice for our husband or wife, brother or sister, friend or enemy, we are doing that for the glory of God and to be pleasing to Him.

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