Ephesians chapter 5 talks about two main subjects, the latter of which I have no experience in. The first is all about living as God’s children, and the second is advice given for marriage. This chapter encourages us to live in the love of Christ. Paul writes to the crowd that was fixated on fertility rather than marriage. Now before I delve deep into this chapter, no I’m not married, and I don’t have any kids. I speak with authority in biblical knowledge from what the Holy Spirit reveals.
The best way to start the day is through prayer, so let’s pray: “Lord, we want to thank you and fully embrace all you have for us this morning. Open our eyes to see you in your full glory, amen.” Okay, lets dive in.
There are three themes AND five main points of reference for Ephesians 5:
The three themes that we’ll go over in this chapter:
- Live in Love!
- Rule in Love!
- Let Love Rule!
The five main points are:
- Live in the Love of Christ (v. 2)
- Hold Unto Truth (v. 6)
- Be Filled with the Spirit (v. 18)
- Wives Honor your Husband (v. 22)
- Husbands Love your Wife (v. 25)
This specific chapter of Ephesians caught me speechless because I was not sure how to captivate it. Words caught me motionless when action was saying “just write.”
- Live in Love:
“Live in love as Christ also loved us. He gave his life for us as an offering and sacrifice, a soothing aroma to God.” –(Eph.5:2)
Living in love means living in Christ’s love. What greater love was there than when Christ bore sin so that we may live again? The answer is: no such greater love! Living in His love means taking off shackles of meaningless words of the world and holding unto HIS word. How beautiful is it that we get to live in Christ’s love? Beholding His beauty is a facet of life that can’t be swept away. Every breath we take (sort of the song but not really) holds value. In this verse, when it talks about a ‘soothing aroma to God’, Paul is using His biblical knowledge to stand.
Every time an altar was made to the Lord (an altar being a worship cite) a sacrifice was made. Each sacrifice that was made ended with this beautiful statement: ‘a soothing aroma to God.’ This is what I believe our own lives are as well: a soothing aroma to God. Since we are His living sacrifice, it means that we give our lives to advance the Gospel. Our life—YOUR life, is a soothing aroma to God in Christ.
- Rule in Love:
“Once you lived in the dark, but now the Lord has filled you with light. Live as children who have light.” – (Eph.5:8)
Now therefore there is no excuse for those who live in Christ Jesus! We once lived in the dark, but wow through Christ there is light. I love Paul’s play on words concerning this because it’s so true. We are His children, and we live in light according to His word and through His Spirit. When the guide was sent, and Jesus promised that we’d be doing greater works than He, it was delivered! The heavens opened not just in the scene with John the Baptist, but later after Jesus resurrected. When this happened, the early church had an explosion of signs and wonders. (Read Acts).
The Rule is Love. Living in the love that Christ is means ruling in that same love with authority. Read the previous sentence twice and let the Holy Spirit speak. Authority in Christ means that you hold unto every word He speaks and are not afraid to speak up. Say His name and demons flee. Say His name and captives are set free. Say His name and YOU are raising dead bones to live. (Read Ezekiel, it’s crazy). I hear the Holy Spirit say I am on a roll so I will keep on typing.
Ruling in love means taking the authority that Christ gives. He is literally the head of your life. Christ is the head of your ship, your first mate, and above all: your captain steering. His grace is sufficient when you’re sinking. His grace pounds the demons back to hell where they come from. Jesus. The power of HIS name above all other names.
- Let Love Rule:
“Determine which things please the Lord.” – (Eph.5:10)
Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but sometimes our battle is against our own flesh. What do I mean by this? Well, sometimes it’s in our head and you might be fighting something God has already conquered. Biblically, Christ has conquered sin, death, and the grave! The real question is are you submitting yourself under his care? Letting love rule means putting Christ as the head of your life. This statement is true, whether married or not.
Letting love rule is letting Christ pull. The picture that comes to mind is of Jesus pulling Peter out of the sea when he tried to walk on water (and did walk on water through Christ). Jesus is what pulls you out of the water. He pulls you out of the ways of the world and into the waves of His grace. He is the ‘wonderful counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father and prince of peace’ (Isa.9:6). That’s who Jesus is before Jesus ever came. Its what the prophets in the Old Testament were seeing into the New Testament. AND it is what we get to see as believers living in the present.
Living in love, ruling in love, and letting love rule our lives! No greater love is there than Christ who bore it all so He could give it all. I pray that the Holy Spirit pours over you with every spiritual blessing He has to offer, and with every biblical insight—His word is so rich!
Destiny Rose Nielsen.