In this sermon Pastor John is going to give a “summer rerun” of a message he preached on March 29th, 1981 to a Bible college on walking circumspectly.
The Book of Ephesians to me is one of the most priceless books. The letter to Ephesus probably lays down the most beautiful combination of the theory of what God has brought us into and practical ways to get there.
In each one of the chapters in Ephesians leading up to 5 Paul brings up what we should be and what we are in order to see ourselves through God’s eyes. This gives us an understanding what we should do in a practical manner to enter into those things he is talking about. It is a balance of heavenly vision and practical response from us.
What Pastor John is going to do in this sermon is try to deal with Paul’s response to us becoming a full man.
In the next 5 verses I believe the scripture give us the simple how-to, how to attain and walk in the will of God. How to accomplish God’s will in your life. So that in 5 years from now I have moved into what God has for me.”
What God is essentially saying is here’s how the Will of God in your life is going to be accomplished. Start off by acting like who you are, but I want you to start walking circumspectly not as fools, but as wise.
I think that is God’s way of telling us how to become what He wants us to become. One, walking circumspectly. Two, redeeming the time. Verse 17, understanding the Will of the Lord. Verse 18, not being drunk with wine, not accepting synthetic highs but insisting on being filled with the Spirit. Finally then submitting myself is the way to be filled with the Spirit.”
Ephesians 5 KJV
Imitators of God
3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5For 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.
Children of Light
8For 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;) 10Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.