LISTEN: Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation — Ephesians 5:4, with Daniel Whyte III

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:1-4: “Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.”


In verses 1 & 2, we saw how we should be imitators of God, and that part of imitating God is loving others in a self-sacrificial way as Jesus Christ loved us. In the 3rd verse, Paul begins to tell us some things that we should not be doing as followers of Christ. Today, we are focusing on verse 4.

D.L. Moody said, “A man ought to live so that everybody knows he is a Christian… and most of all, his family ought to know.”

In Ephesians 5:4, Paul gives us more instruction as to how we should carry ourselves as followers, or imitators, of God.

Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck’s Commentary summarizes this verse very well by saying “Improprieties in speech—obscenity in the Greek means “shameless talk and conduct”, foolish talk means in Greek “stupid words” and coarse jesting means in Greek “vulgar, frivolous wit”. These are out of place for Jesus’ followers, because such vices often harm, whereas thanksgiving is appreciation for God and others and is helpful. Paul was not intimating that humor itself is sin, but that it is wrong when it is used to destroy or tear down others.”

Now let’s break this down further.

First, we should not be engaged is filthiness. The word filthiness is defined as “obscenity.” Adam Clarke’s commentary expands this to mean “any thing base or vile in words or acts.” Just as the government regulates the television and radio airwaves to make sure that anything obscene is not played on a channel or at a time when children are likely to hear it or see it, we ought to regulate our lives so nothing that is obscene or vulgar comes out of our mouths or is demonstrated by our actions.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.