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.”
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.
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
D.L. Moody said, “I believe the family was established long before the church, and my duty is to my family first. I am not to neglect my family.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “There are two kinds of people in the world—only two kinds. Not black or white, rich or poor, but those either dead in sin or dead to sin.”
As children of the Light, we ought to show forth the fruit of the Spirit. The Spirit is the Holy Spirit living inside of us. What is inside of us should show forth in our actions and in our words.
Some of the oldest versions of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians — including the Syrian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Vulgate, and some of the writings of the early church fathers — quote this verse as saying the “fruit of the Light” rather than the “fruit of the Spirit.” Obviously, either way gets the point across just fine, but some scholars believe “fruit of the Light” is correct seeing that Paul has been contrasting light and darkness in this passage.
Jesus is the Light of the World, and He has commanded us to let our light shine. Warren Wiersbe relates in his commentary that “to ‘walk as children of light’ means to live before the eyes of God, not hiding anything. It is relatively easy to hide things from other people because they cannot see our hearts and minds, but ‘all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.’ Every time I take a plane to a meeting, I must surrender myself and my luggage to a special inspection, and I am happy to do so, because this inspection helps to detect bombs. I have never been afraid to walk through the ‘detection tunnel’ or have my luggage pass through the X-ray equipment, because I have nothing to hide. An author asked Charles Spurgeon for permission to write his life story, and the great preacher replied, ‘You may write my life in the skies—I have nothing to hide!’”
Our lives ought to show forth the Light that is in us, and that is through goodness, righteousness, and truth.
The meaning of the word “goodness” is “uprightness of heart and life.” You have heard people being described as “good”. Even unsaved people who live a moral, upstanding life are described as “good.” They aren’t perfect, but generally speaking, they do the right thing and try to help others do the right thing. They do not have malice in their hearts toward others.
Atheists will say that we ought to be good for the sake of being good. But, as Christians, we have an added impetus to have an upright heart and life. We are representing God who is good in the face of a world that is evil. On top of that, He has filled us with His Spirit which empowers us to be good. We bring glory and praise to God and Jesus Christ when we show forth God’s goodness in our dealings with our family members, friends, fellow believers, and those outside the household of faith.
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 www.danielwhyte3.com. Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.