Ephesians 5, And What It Means Today

God’s Word Never Changes

Ephesians 5 is about practical and relative ways that apply to daily living. We need to learn why Ephesians 5 is important and how it applies to us in the 21st Century. Why? Because we have strayed off the path of God and how we should be living. Our society is lost in Sin!

Because of sin, we have same-sex marriages. Because of sin, we have violence in our streets. Because of sin, the Church is falling away and so like the world, you can see little difference. But Paul provides instructions and guidelines on sexual propriety, speech, drinking, and marriage.

Ephesians 5:5-7

God does not want us cut-off from everyone, not even sinners, but He does want us as Christians to participate in fowl languages or coarse stories.

In Luke 5:30-32, Jesus’ advises his disciples to befriend sinners and lead them to the Church.

In Ephesians 5, Paul speaks against a lifestyle where people make excuses for bad behavior. Bad behavior can pollute the Church endangering the Unity and Purpose of the Church. People with bad behavior can lead the Church into darkness because they oppose everything Christianity stands for and spread pure evil against the teachings of Jesus.

Luke 5:30-32

30. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31. Jesus answered them, “It is not healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Ephesians 5:8

If we are filled with light, our actions should Reflect Faith, living above reproach. This means we should reflect on the goodness of God, so others may see good behavior in our life.

Jesus stressed this behavior when he was on earth.

Matthew 5:15, 16

15. Do not hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all.

16. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

Ephesians 5:10-14, As followers of Christ, we must not keep quiet when we witness evil and darkness. Why? Because silence is interpreted as Approval. As followers of Christ, we must stand against bad behavior, exposing these evil deeds.

Ephesians 5:14

Paul is appealing to the Ephesians and telling them to wake up and realize the dangerous condition to which some of them were falling.

 “Awake, O sleeper rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”

This text is based on a hymn from the following Bible texts:

Isaiah 26:19 Song of Praise

Yet, we have this assurance: Those who belong to God will live; their bodies will rise again!

Those who sleep in the earth will rise and sing for joy!

For God’s light of life will fall like dew on his people in place of the dead!

51:17 Wake up, wake up, O Jerusalem! You have drunk enough from the cup of the Lord’s fury. You have drunk the cup of terror, tipping out its last drops.

52:1 Wake up, wake up, O Zion! Clothe yourselves with strength. Put on your beautiful clothes, O holy city of Jerusalem, for unclean and godless people will no longer enter your gates.

60:1 Future Kingdom (Future Glory for Jerusalem)

Arise Jerusalem! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is shining upon you.”

Malachi 4:2, The Coming Day of Judgment

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing to his wings. *” And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”

Ephesians 5:15 and 16,

Paul shows excellent urgency in Eph. 5:15,16 to communicate with the people because of the pervasiveness of evil. Our world today is filled with evil much like during t Paul’s time. Today our streets are filled with anger and hostility, making it challenging to live by godly standards, act wisely, or do good.

Ephesian 18,

Paul is contrasting being drunk with being filled with the Holy Spirit. Getting drunk was the old way of getting high, but as a follower of Christ, you should be increased or drunk on the Holy Spirit. You do not need drugs or liquor to feel good. As followers of Christ, we never have to be concerned with the amount of the Holy Spirit
we consume. We should and can submit ourselves to daily doses and draw continually on the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesian 20,

This verse is about feelings and giving thanks. Somedays, we may find it difficult to praise God or give thanks. It is no surprise if you feel less like praising today; after all, we are in a Pandemic. Some may have lost jobs or businesses and do not know when or if you will ever regain what has been lost.

But this should not prevent us from offering praise and thanksgiving! Because in all things, God works for our good if we love Him. God’s perfect love will see you through.

Have Faith!

Ephesian 21-22,

These verses are about the submission of wives and husbands to one another. This does not mean you should become a doormat. Christ does not want us to be doormats to anyone, not even Him. Though we are to bow and confess to God only.

Philippians 2:10 substantiates Jesus as the only one we must bow to and confess his name.  Christ is our example, and we should follow his example as He did when following the will of his Father.

At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the ground.

In Ephesians 21-22, husbands and wives are called to submit. If both have a strong relationship with God, there is no problem in submission. Because both are concerned with the happiness of each other.

Ephesians 22-24,

Is about the submission of women, children, and slaves to the Head of Family. The only ones required to submit all their lives are women. And slaves until they are freed. Male children are submissive until they come of age.

Paul emphasizes Gal. 3:28, in the body of Christ, showing everyone is equal in the Church:

“There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are one in Christ Jesus.”

The Church family of Christ has chosen to submit to one another. This choice maintains respect, harmony, and love in the family of Christ.

Ephesians 22-24,

This scripture is not well accepted today. However, it does not make it incorrect. Scriptures tell us the man is the spiritual head of the family, and wives should be submissive to his leadership. A Christ-honoring wife will not undermine her husband’s leadership because if a husband or wife overrules and disrespects their mate, it creates disunity within the family.

Ephesians 22-28,

Paul tells women to submit to their husbands because of Roman law. The Roman law gave unlimited power to the head of the family, and many men were not accustomed to treating their wives with respect and love. But in the body of Christ, both males and females were required to love and respect one another.

Ephesians 25 – ff

Many saw the counsel of Paul be harmful because of the counsel he provided in 1 Cor. 7:32-38,

32.” I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. 33. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife—

 34. and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. 35. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.

36. If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong[a] and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. 37. But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. 38. So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better.”

Ephesians shows high regard for marriage. The text shows marriage is not a necessity or cure for lust but a picture of the relationship between Christ and the Church!

Paul’s counsel in Ephesians 5 and 1 Corinthians is different because times were different. There was persecution in Corinth at the time when he spoke. Still, in Ephesians, his counsel is a more biblical idea of a marriage where Paul sees the union of marriage as a living symbol and unique relationship which needs tender and self-sacrificing care.

Ephesians 25-30,

In this text, Paul spends more time telling wives what they must do to submit to their husbands than telling husbands what they must do for their wives.

Paul says men must do the following to submit to their wives:

  1. Be willing to sacrifice everything for her (wife).
  2.  Make her well-being of primary importance.
  3. Care for her as he cares for his own body.

These words were meant to alleviate women’s fear of submission to a man.

Ephesians 26-27,

Heb. 10:29,

“Think how much more terrible the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God and have treated the blood of the covenant as if it were common and unholy. Such people have insulted and engaged the Holy Spirit, who brings God’s mercy to his people.”

Heb. 13:12, “Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates to make his people holy by shedding his own blood.”

“Christ cleansed the Church through baptism, which is our entrance into the Church. It is the Word that cleanses us.”

John 17:17,

“Make them pure and holy by teaching them your words of truth.”

Titus 3:5,

“He (Jesus) saved us, not because of the good things we did, but because of his mercy.”

Ephesian 31-33,

The marriage merges two individuals with little that does not affect the other because marriage is Oneness.

Marriage means caring for one another (Your Spouse) as you care for yourself. It through marriage, we learn to anticipate the needs of your spouse, helping each other to become your Best. The story of Creation tells us God’s Plan for his Creation, man and woman were to become husband and wife.

Genesis 2:24,

“This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

Matthew 19:4-6,

4. “Haven’t you read the Scriptures?” They record that from the beginning, God made them male and female,

5. And he said, “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

6. Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.

Praying this short article has or will open your eyes to the condition of our Nation and World. If you are already a follower of Christ and have strayed. Find a Good God based Church and get your life together. God is still in the Business of Forgiving Sin!