This beautiful letter tells Christians of their great riches, inheritance, and fullness in Jesus Christ and in His church. [30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. In the NT, mystery identifies some reality hidden in the past and revealed in the NT age to be written in Scripture. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 5 Sermons. Particularly he enjoins on husbands the duty of loving their wives with all tenderness Ephesians 5:25-33; on fathers, the duty of treating their children so that they might easily obey them Ephesians 6:4; and on masters, the duly of treating their servants with kindness, remembering that they have a Master also in heaven; Ephesians 6:9. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. Genesis 2:24. (Ephesians and 2 Corinthians) They are SO easy to use as e-books..always right on hand. [17] Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. [9] (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;). [18] And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Wherein is excess — That is, which leads to debauchery of every kind. Ephesians 5:32 (NASB) This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. [12] For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. Thank the Lord for your blessings this day. These things, along with qualities including love, joy, patience, and self-control, are the marks of the true Christian. [24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. What the will of the Lord is — In every time, place, and circumstance. It also requires us to put what we are reading into practice. Dr. John MacArthur writes, “As believers walk in the light of the truth, the knowledge of the Lord’s will becomes clear” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1699). 5 You are God’s dear children, so try to be like him.2 Live a life of love. Dr. John MacArthur writes, “A Christian husband is to care for his wife with the same devotion that he naturally manifests as he cares for himself (v. 29) — even more so, since his self-sacrificing love causes him to put her first” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1,702; hereafter MA BC). This commentary on Ephesians forms part of the MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series and is basically explanatory, or expository. You will find that you will want to lay down this commentary and shout praise to our King for His great salvation in Jesus Christ. Which are not convenient — For a Christian; as neither increasing his faith nor holiness. 11:1). Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 5:15-20 EXEGESIS: EPHESIANS 4-5. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ’s is the head of the church and he is the Saviour of the body. ... including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible - is just a step away! (Phl 1-4) Are members — Are as intimately united to Christ, in a spiritual sense, as if we were literally "flesh of his flesh, and bone of his bone.". Fix that problem! And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 23:11). And he is the Saviour of the body — The church, from all sin and misery. Believers do not practice such things perfectly, but they should be able to find some evidence, however small, of these graces in their lives. [20] Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Giving thanks — At all times and places. 5 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved [] you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God [] as a fragrant aroma. Subscribe and Get Sermons and Live Streams by John MacArthur DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX! O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great! 1 That he might sanctify it through the word — The ordinary channel of all blessings. [11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Try it for 30 days FREE. Therefore, we should pay close attention to the words and actions of Jesus if we want to understand what a life of true holiness looks like. Dr. MacArthur writes with that one purpose in mind. [23] For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Not having spot — Of impurity from any sin. He that loveth his wife loveth himself — Which is not a sin, but an indisputable duty. This means creating an atmosphere where repentant sexual sinners feel that they can share their burdens without being seen as scum. View Resource, The Apostle Paul’s teaching on our sanctification is ultimately a call to the imitation of Christ (1 Cor. 6:12). Enrich your faith and grow in spiritual maturity with the incredible Bible study and devotional books listed below. Let us therefore be careful with our time, endeavoring to serve the Lord well through efficient and effective service to our earthly supervisors. By there being no inspired songs, peculiarly adapted to the Christian dispensation, as there were to the Jewish, it is evident that the promise of the Holy Ghost to believers, in the last days, was by his larger effusion to supply the lack of it. O how much more honourable and more happy, to be an imitator of God, than of Homer, Virgil, or Alexander the Great! Read Ephesians 5 commentary using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. In turn, contentment kills our natural inclination to think that we do not have enough and that we deserve what God has given to others. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series comes from the experience, wisdom, and insight of one of the most trusted ministry leaders and Bible scholars of our day. In everything — Which is not contrary to any command of God. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of how this truth is to be applied in difficult circumstances. He gave himself for us—a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice to … a. For (gar) introduces an explanation (see discussion of the great value of disciplining yourself to paus and ponder terms of explanation ). Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Saith — In the general tenor of his word, to all who are still in darkness. Nor foolish talking — Tittle tattle, talking of nothing, the weather, fashions, meat and drink. (Eph 1-6) Bible Introductions - Philippians (No. ) On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but are more apt to gossip and backbite. And Christ shall give thee light — Knowledge, holiness, happiness. Read Ephesians 5 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Goodness and righteousness and truth — Opposite to the sins spoken of, Ephesians 4:25,etc. Salvation by an Obedient Faith Alone . For whatsoever doth make manifest is light - That is, for nothing but light, yea, light from heaven, can make anything manifest. This morning we come for our Bible study to a book that is indeed a treasure of mine and of every believer, the book of Ephesians. [29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: Nourisheth and cherisheth — That is, feeds and clothes it. Circumspectly — Exactly, with the utmost accuracy, getting to the highest pitch of every point of holiness. ... MacArthur, Sproul, Piper, Washer, Chan . In the Psalms - Of David. The fruit of the light — Opposite to " the unfruitful works of darkness," Ephesians 4:11. If we are honest about our own sins without seeking to excuse them, other repentant sinners will feel welcome among us. Or wrinkle — Of deformity from any decay. Ephesians Bible Study (Your True Identity) Ephesians 5:15-21, Be Filled With The Spirit. This review was written for Ephesians: The MacArthur New Testament Commentary - eBook. Ephesians 5:28–30. b. For this cause — Because of this intimate union. Having cleansed it — From the guilt and power of sin. Brent Kercheville March 16, 2014 The apostle Paul has taught his audience that they have a new identity in Christ Jesus. You will find that you will want to lay down this commentary and shout praise to our King for His great salvation in Jesus Christ. SermonAudio.com - Ephesians 5 Sermons. Love others just as Christ loved us. Awake thou that steepest — In ignorance of God and thyself; in stupid insensibility. True leaders are always putting the needs of others before their own, and Christian leaders who do not do so must repent of their sin and serve others well. Next ››, The mission, passion and purpose of Ligonier Ministries is to proclaim the holiness of God Be imitators of God: The idea is simple that we are to make God our example and model. [19] Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Speaking to each other — By the Spirit. While the book is indeed a commentary on Ephesians, Dr. MacArthur has written for the goal of helping every believer know their status in the kingdom of God. John MacArthur (February-27-2020) Spirit-Filled Living (Ephesians 5:18-21). Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands — Unless where God forbids. [8] For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ye were once darkness — Total blindness and ignorance. View Resource, Matthew 16:24–25 tells us that imitating God is a costly endeavor, one that requires daily self-denial and the narrow road of discipleship. Even the hours of the day are not ours but are entrusted to us for wise stewardship. Otherwise, in all indifferent things, the will of the husband is a law to the wife. Reprove them — To avoid them is not enough. 5:4). Join John MacArthur as he explains each verse in a way that is both doctrinally precise and intensely practical. As we seek to image and reflect God, let us continually turn to His Word so that we can understand what it means to be what He calls us to be. View Resource. [25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; Even as Christ loved the church — Here is the true model of conjugal affection. Your gift enables our worldwide outreach. And for all things - Prosperous or adverse, since al] work together for good. The general theology of Ephesians is direct, unambiguous, and presents no ideas or interpretations whose meanings are seriously contended. While the book is indeed a commentary on Ephesians, Dr. MacArthur has written for the goal of helping every believer know their status in the kingdom of God. May we also seek to make the most of every opportunity to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth. Ephesians 5:11-14 View Resource, The antidote to covetousness and the sexual immorality it inspires is thanksgiving (Eph. Or jesting — The word properly means, wittiness, facetiousness, esteemed by the heathens an half-virtue. As you study Scripture with us this year, pray that God would use your study to conform you to His image. All Rights Reserved. Ephesians 5:8: “For ye were once darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And spiritual songs — On any divine subject. By the washing of water — In baptism; if, with "the outward and visible sign," we receive the "inward and spiritual grace.". Even those who are in authority over people — including husbands, executives, and parents — must submit to those under them in a spirit of service. Matthew Henry comments: “Though Christianity is an enemy to profane mirth, yet it encourages joy and gladness. Each guide includes extensive commentary, detailed observations on over arching themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with direction from John MacArthur. Study the bible online using commentary on Ephesians 5 and more! Chapters include: - The Riches of His Grace (Ephesians 1:1-14) View Resource, ‹ Previous We can easily conform to specific commands while violating their spirit. When we recognize how greatly the Lord has blessed us and how we do not deserve God’s favor, we are more likely to be content with what our Creator has given us. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 5:8-14 EXEGESIS: BACKGROUND: While this book begins, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus” (1:1), scholars today are divided regarding … I have 2 of the e-book commentaries and both exceed my expectations. But how frequently even this quenches the Spirit, those who are tender of conscience know. We cant content ourselves comparing us among men. That he might present it — Even in this world. God’s people have reason to rejoice, and to sing for joy.” Though we do not deny the reality of pain, Christians should be the most joyful of people, and this joy should be evident in our corporate singing. THE CONTEXT. Ephesians 5, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. We must heed the idea of 1 Peter 1:15-16: as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy. [26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. [1] Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; Of God — In forgiving and loving. [13] But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 5:19). Donate Now. Try it free for 30 days. If we are guilty of these sins, then we are not acting to fulfill God’s will but are foolish, unprofitable servants. Ephesians has rightly been titled the believer's bank and the treasure house of the Bible. This means that we cannot define these moral qualities without reference to the Lord and that we cannot base our understanding of these qualities on the way the world understands them. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. [14] Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. [15] See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Husbands should not be concerned primarily with the duties of their wives, and wives should not be attentive chiefly to the demands the Lord gives to their husbands. Dr. John MacArthur writes, “As believers walk in the light of the truth, the knowledge of the Lord’s will becomes clear” (The MacArthur Bible Commentary, p. 1699). Because God, for Christ's sake, has forgiven you, therefore be ye followers of God, imitators of God. View Resource, Within the family structure, husbands are accountable to the Lord for the manner in which they lead their homes, and wives are accountable to God for submitting to their husbands’ authority. Be ye therefore followers— Imitators. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of how this truth is to be applied in difficult circumstances. Ephesians 5:22-30. View Resource, God has given us the spiritual disciplines so that we might fulfill the call to imitate His holiness and righteousness. Confess your need of Him to make you obey truly and fully. Not as fools — Who think not where they are going, or do not make the best of their way. Text Commentaries by John MacArthur John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference KJV NKJV NLT NIV ESV CSB NASB. View Resource, The fruit of light listed in today’s passage — goodness, righteousness, and truth — are examples of what Paul elsewhere refers to as the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. [3] But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; But let not any impure love be even named or heard of among you - Keep at the utmost distance from it, as becometh saints. With this kind of affection, with this degree of it, and to this end, should husbands love their wives. To the Lord — Jesus, who searcheth the heart. [31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Because of these things — As innocent as the heathens esteem them, and as those dealers in vain words would persuade you to think them. [6] Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. The standard for true love, wisdom, kindness, justice, and so on is the character of God Himself. Ephesians 1 Commentary, this commentary, spanning 23 volumes, covered the entire Bible with verse by verse exposition ... MacArthur . in all its fullness to as many people as possible. As light we expose the darkness making the law of Christ visible to the world. In the following directions concerning relative duties, the inferiors are all along placed before the superiors, because the general proposition is concerning submission; and inferiors ought to do their duty, whatever their superiors do. [27] That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Time is a talent given us by God, and it is misspent and lost when not employed according to his design. Singing with your hearts — As well as your voice. [4] Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Furthermore, we often prize our own opinions over the truth. View Resource, Because it is hard to find a detailed list of do’s and don’t’s regarding sexual behavior, it is easy for us to justify certain activities or thoughts that may in fact not be edifying. But all things which are reproved, are thereby dragged out into the light, and made manifest - Shown in their proper colours, by the light. [28] So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. As their own bodies — That is, as themselves. © 2021 Christianity.com. And arise from the dead — From the death of sin. ... And John MacArthur says about that in his The MacArthur Bible Commentary: a great mystery. Exposing the Darkness Devotional. They want to please God and are seeking to mortify the flesh, and we should do all that we can to help them. They should rather focus on their own responsibilities and seek to be faithful in them. 2 The general mean ing here is, that Christianity does not break up the relations … Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 5:15-21 Another remedy against sin, is care, or caution, it being impossible else to maintain purity of heart and life. Therefore: Here, Paul concludes the thought from Ephesians 4, where he described how Christians should relate to one another. With all possible care redeeming the time - Saving all you can for the best purposes; buying every possible moment out of the hands of sin and Satan; out of the hands of sloth, ease, pleasure, worldly business; the more diligently, because the present are evil days, days of the grossest ignorance, immorality, and profaneness. 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