1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 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.
<b>Paul encourages believers to walk in love. Walking in love encompasses:-
1. Walking in good works (Eph 2:10)
2. Walking worthy of the calling you've received (Eph 4:1)
3. Walking no longer as the Gentiles do (Eph 4:17)
4. Walking in love (Eph 5:2)
5. Walking as children of light (Eph 5:8)
6. Walking circumspectly (Eph 5:15,)
The word 'walk' is used to illustrate the way a person travels through life, circumspectly” means to walk carefully. The only way to walk carefully in love, is to walk in the Holy Spirit. Believers have the Spirit of Christ, the hope of glory within them (Col 1:27). Walking in the spirit, is to consciously walk in faith relying on the Holy Spirit to guide in thought, word, and deed (Romans 6:11-14). Failure to rely on the Holy Spirit's guidance will result in a believer relying on their own faith and strength to live up to the calling and standing that salvation provides (John 3:3; Ephesians 4:1; Phil 1:27). We can know that we are walking in the Spirit if our lives are showing forth the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22,23). Being filled (walking) with the Spirit is the same as walking in the word of Christ (the Bible, the word of God) and allowing the word to richly dwell in us (Col 3:16). The result is thankfulness, singing, and joy (Ephesians 5:18-20; Col 3:16). Children of God will be led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14). When Christians choose not to walk in the Spirit, thereby sinning and grieving Him, provision has been made for restoration through confession of the wrongdoing (Ephesians 4:30; 1 John 1:9). To “walk in the Spirit” is to follow the Spirit’s leading. It is essentially to “walk with” the Spirit, allowing Him to guide your steps and conform your mind. To summarize, just as we have received Christ by faith, by faith He asks us to walk in Him, until we are taken to heaven and will hear from the Master, "Well done!" (Col 2:5; Mat 25:23.)</b>
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
<b>To walk in holiness is walk in the faith of Christ, through the Holy Spirit and the word of God. The reason for the holiness is that we are saints. The very word "saint" denotes separation (John 17:17). When we abide in Christ, we abide (John 15:5-8 amp) separate from the sin the world lives in.</b>
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
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;)
<b>Ungodliness inhibits the growth of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. That's not because God's love is conditional. His love for us is unconditional. But just as seeds cannot grow without light, so the darkness of ungodliness in our lives limits the production of the fruit of the Spirit. If we cultivate a life of hatred, the fruit of love (Gal 5:22) will not manifest. If we are truly born again (John 3:3), that love is present in our spirits, but it cannot flow while we are operating in hatred.</b>
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
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,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
<b>The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov 9:10 amp), submission to wisdom (the wisdom of God), is to come into line with God's mission (Walking in Holy Spirit insight and understanding) , walking together in wisdom, the Love of God.</b>
22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
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.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
<b>Paul likens the relationship in marriage to the relationship with Christ and the church, Christ gave Himself up for the Church (Eph 5:25, born again believers) and that in Him a marriage can mirror this relationship.</b>
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
<b>In the same way that Christ gave everything, His own life for the Church, the love that abides in Him we experience as we together abide in Him.</b>
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
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.
<b>The church without spot or wrinkle, outside of Christ is impossible. walking in our own strength, with God as merely an addition to our lives, waiting for Him to perfect us. But in Christ, we stand in perfection, as each one stands in Christ, together we become like Him completely without spot or wrinkle. Washed in the blood of the Lamb and standing in Him as a glorious church (His body, with Him as the Head) brings into the possible, the ushering in of a glorious Church without spot or wrinkle, hastening the Lord's return.</b>
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
<b>Standing in Him. A body of believers, standing in Him fully attached and complete, head, body soul and spirit, through the Holy Spirit.</b>
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.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
<b>Paul reveals that the real purpose of this teaching was not necessarily for married couples but for each member of the body of Christ. He was drawing on the marriage relationship to actually teach on our union with Christ. Here, he clarified that this does not excuse anyone from following the things he said about marriage. These truths he spoke about regarding marriage are true of our relationship with the Lord as well as with one another in marriage.</b>
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
<b>Paul is using marriage as an example of how the Church abiding in Christ, abides in the love of God. Dwell in understanding (the wisdom of God) understanding that we are joint heirs together in the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered. (1 Pet 3:7 amp)</b>