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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Two

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 2            Page 4
V.10 (Cont'd.)

** Let's look a little closer a the term Paul uses here. Is Paul talking about an educational process?

Not really, dokimazo (translated here as trying to learn) carries the idea of proving or testing. As we learn to obey the Lord in our marriage and all other relationships as well, we will grow in our goodness, righteousness and truth - thus proving who we are in Christ. A claim to Christianity apart from observable obedience is a lie! cf. James 1:22, Luke 11:28

V.11 ** Paul has already instructed us to be different than the unsaved world around us by not "partaking with them" in their sinful view of life (V.7) - How does he now describe their daily conduct?

Theirs is a life which produces only "unfruitful deeds of darkness".

** Volumes could be said about how the world wastes its time in unfruitful or counter productive words and actions. Could we as Christians fall into that same pattern?

Absolutely we can - defending unimportant opinions, taking a stand on our pride, we can do great harm to the ones we love and become most unfruitful.

** What two things does Paul tells us to do regarding their "deeds of darkness"?

1) Do not participate!
2) Expose the error!
We are to reach the sinner, while avoiding the sin. cf. Mark 6:14-18

** In whom should we be most willing to expose error?

Not our spouses! But, rather in our own hearts! cf. Psalm 139:23-24

** How do we go about exposing sin in others, even with our spouses?

Humbly, in a spirit of gentleness - Galatians 6:1

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