Ephesians 5: And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us

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Ephesians 5
1
Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
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And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.
3
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
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neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
5
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
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Therefore do not be partakers with them.
8
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
9
(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
10
finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
11
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
12
For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
13
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
14
Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
15
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
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redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17
Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
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And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
19
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
20
giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
21
submitting to one another in the fear of God.
22
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23
For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
24
Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
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that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27
that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
28
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
29
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
30
For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
31
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
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This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
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Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians 5:1-2

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children

Ephesians 5:1-2
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Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
2
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

  1. Who are we to imitate?
    • Ephesians 5:1
      Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
  2. How are we to walk?
    • Ephesians 5:2
      And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Ephesians 5:3-7

For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God

Ephesians 5:3-7
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But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
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neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
5
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
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Therefore do not be partakers with them.

  1. What must not be named among us?  Why?
    • Ephesians 5:3
      But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;
  2. How are we to talk?
    • Ephesians 5:4
      neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
  3. Who do we know will not inherit the kingdom of Christ?
    • Ephesians 5:5
      For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
  4. How will some try to deceive us?  What will come upon the sons of disobedience?
    • Ephesians 5:6
      Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
  5. Who are we not to be partakers with?
    • Ephesians 5:7
      Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Ephesians 5:8-16

Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light"

Ephesians 5:8-16
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For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
9
(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
10
finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
11
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
12
For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
13
But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
14
Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
15
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
16
redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

  1. How are we now to walk?  Why?
    • Ephesians 5:8
      For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
      Ephesians 5:9
      (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
  2. What are we to find out?
     
    • Ephesians 5:10
      finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
  3. What are we to do with the works of darkness?
    • Ephesians 5:11
      And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.
  4. What is shameful?
    • Ephesians 5:12
      For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.
  5. How are all things exposed?
    • Ephesians 5:13
      But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.
  6. When we awake, what will Christ give us?
    • Ephesians 5:14
      Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
  7. How are we to walk?
    • Ephesians 5:15
      See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
  8. Why must we redeem the time?
    • Ephesians 5:16
      redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:17-21

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is

Ephesians 5:17-21
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Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
19
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
20
giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
21
submitting to one another in the fear of God.

  1. What are we to understand?
    • Ephesians 5:17
      Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
  2. How are we to be filled?
    • Ephesians 5:18
      And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
  3. How are we to speak to one another?
    • Ephesians 5:19
      speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
  4. When are we to give thanks to God?
    • Ephesians 5:20
      giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  5. How are we to be submitting to one another?
    • Ephesians 5:21
      submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Ephesians 5:22-24

Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything

Ephesians 5:22-24
22
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23
For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
24
Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

  1. Who are wives to submit to?
    • Ephesians 5:22
      Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
  2. Who is the head of the wife?  What does Paul compare this to?
    • Ephesians 5:23
      For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
  3. In what things are wives to submit to their own husband?
    • Ephesians 5:24
      Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Ephesians 5:25-33

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word

Ephesians 5:25-33
25
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
26
that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
27
that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
28
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
29
For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
30
For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
31
"For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
32
This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33
Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

  1. How is a husband to love his wife?
    • Ephesians 5:25
      Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
  2. What is the goal of his love for his wife?
    • Ephesians 5:26
      that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
  3. How will Christ present the church to Himself?  How will the church appear?
    • Ephesians 5:27
      that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
  4. How should a husband love his wife?  When a husband loves his wife, who else does he love?
    • Ephesians 5:28
      So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
  5. How does a man nourish and cherish his wife?
    • Ephesians 5:29
      For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
  6. Who are we members of?
    • Ephesians 5:30
      For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
  7. Why should a man leave his father and mother?
    • Ephesians 5:31
      "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
  8. What is this great mystery referring to?
    • Ephesians 5:32
      This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
  9. What must a husband do?  What must a wife do?
    • Ephesians 5:33
      Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.