• Children of Light

    Ephesians 5:7-9

    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. 5:22–24). These things, along with qualities including love, joy, patience ...Read More

  • Christ, the Husband of His Church

    Ephesians 5:31–32

    Husbands, your calling is to pursue your wives in love to the ends of the earth. Single men, your calling is to become the kind of men who, should you get married one day, will love your wives in a ...Read More

  • Discerning the Lord’s Will

    Ephesians 5:10

    Studying the Word of God does not consist merely in coming to an intellectual knowledge of its contents. It also requires us to put what we are reading into practice. As we practice the truth, we become more aware of ...Read More

  • Exposing the Darkness

    Ephesians 5:11-14

    Matthew Henry comments, “We must witness against the sins of others, and endeavor to convince them of their sinfulness in our words; but especially by the holiness of our lives.” Our holy living has consequences not only for our own ...Read More

  • Finding Loopholes

    Ephesians 5:3

    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. Even if something ...Read More

  • God’s Communicable Attributes

    Ephesians 5:1-2

    The standard for true love, wisdom, kindness, justice, and so on is the character of God Himself. This means that we cannot define these moral qualities without reference to the Lord and that we cannot base our understanding of these ...Read More

  • Impurity Condemned

    Ephesians 5:3-5

    The antidote to covetousness and the sexual immorality it inspires is thanksgiving (Eph. 5:4). 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 ...Read More

  • Learning the Will of the Lord

    Ephesians 5:17

    Knowing the will of the Lord — a church united in truth and love — is easy. Fulfilling our part in accomplishing this end, however, is more difficult. On account of our fallenness, we do not readily seek harmony but are more ...Read More

  • Loving One’s Self, Loving One’s Wife

    Ephesians 5:28–30

    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 ...Read More

  • Loving One’s Wife

    Ephesians 5:25

    We may easily deceive ourselves and think that we are not obligated to fulfill our marital roles simply because our spouses are not fulfilling theirs. But God calls us to be faithful to our own callings, not those given to ...Read More

  • Perpetual Gratitude

    Ephesians 5:20-21

    Servanthood is the path to greatness, not the position we hold or the degree of authority that we have been given (Matt. 23:11). Even those who are in authority over people — including husbands, executives, and parents — must submit to ...Read More

  • Serving One Another in Marriage

    Ephesians 5:22–24

    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. Husbands should not be concerned primarily with the duties ...Read More

  • Spousal Roles

    Ephesians 5:22–33

    This passage lays heavy responsibilities on both spouses. Wives are called to submit to their husbands even though there will be times when he will not act as respectfully as he should. Husbands must love their wives even when they ...Read More

  • The Bride and Her Husband

    Ephesians 5:22-33

    Jesus certainly loves us individually and justifies us via our personal faith in Him. However, the relationship between Christ and His bride is a relationship between the sovereign Lord and a corporate body. Jesus loves a people as His bride ...Read More

  • The Deception of Empty Words

    Ephesians 5:6

    There are men and women struggling with sexual sin in all of our congregations. They want to please God and are seeking to mortify the flesh, and we should do all that we can to help them. This means creating ...Read More