Ephesians 5:8 says of the regenerated believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, "You WERE darkness." What assurance can we have that we are no longer under the power of darkness? The Apostle gives the answer in three manifestations of darkness in Ephesians 4:18-19. If these things are true of you, you ARE darkness.
The Nature and Manifestation of Spiritual Darkness
September 27, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Seeing in the Dark
Ephesians 5:15-18 • November 22, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
Those who once were darkness but are now light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8) are still in the darkness. They have changed, but their environment has not. But they can see things in the darkness that those who are darkness cannot see. The grace of Christ has abounded toward us with wisdom and understanding, causing us to know the will of God (Ephesians 1:7-10). This understanding of the will of God is the key to navigating the times and seeing in the dark.
The Days Have Always Been Evil
Ephesians 5:15-16 • November 15, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
The church has been living in evil days since the ascension of Jesus and will continue to live in evil days until Jesus returns. There is no sense in which it can be said that the 21st Century church is suffering to any greater degree than the 1st Century church. How then shall we live in these evil days? From Ephesians 5:16 Pastor Paul takes us to 2 Timothy 3 to order our loves around the appearing of Jesus.
Children of Light in Evil Days
Ephesians 5:7-16 • November 15, 2020 • Pastor Paul Edwards
In our text, the Apostle Paul is contrasting the behavior, conduct, and demeanor of "the children of disobedience" with that of the "children of light." Christians are not called to live in isolation and separation from the darkness, but to conduct ourselves in a manner which brings conviction to those who have been taken captives by sin and Satan. What are the practical ways in which we do this? The answer is in this text.