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09-27-2020 - Walk Worthy Of The Calling Pt. 7 - Pastor Mitch Pridgen

September 27, 2020 Pastor Mitch Pridgen
Crosswalk Church of Daytona Beach
09-27-2020 - Walk Worthy Of The Calling Pt. 7 - Pastor Mitch Pridgen
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Crosswalk Church of Daytona Beach
09-27-2020 - Walk Worthy Of The Calling Pt. 7 - Pastor Mitch Pridgen
Sep 27, 2020
Pastor Mitch Pridgen
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take your Bibles and turn with me to the book of Ephesians chapter five, which is where we have been. As we started several weeks ago in chapter four, looking at the imperatives that Paul lays down in regards to how we, as Christians are to live our lives. How we, as Christians are to conduct ourselves as imperatives do not end in chapter four, they continue on through chapter five. You will recall that I've said to you on each of the occasions that we've come together, looking at this epistle, that Paul spends the first three chapters of the book of Ephesians, a letter to the Ephesians church. Laying down what we have referred to as the indicatives, that is the doctrinal emphasis of the scripture. He covers the whole realm of Christian theology, very succinctly, but very briefly in the first three chapters. And then in the beginning of chapter four, he makes a transition, a marked transition. It is almost as if Paul says, okay, now that you understand. What it is to be in Christ. What, now that you understand what it means to be saved, what that entails. He says in the beginning of chapter four, this is the way that you should live out. The knowledge that you professed to have when he begins to chapter four, verse one, by saying these words walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, and that calling is salvation. So there is an expectation on the part of the apostle that we live out. What we say that we believe, sadly, we live in a day when. The imperatives of scripture. I've said this to you multiple times. Those are often ignored because there is sadly a growing segment of evangelicalism that spurns in a sense, the impaired is of the scripture almost advocating the notion that the imperatives carry with them, a burden that the gospel nor Christ himself ever intended to put upon believers. Well, you have to literally take an eraser. Or a marker and erase or Mark through a significant portion of Paul's writings. Paul does indeed, as I've said, give us some tremendous doctrinal truth that is to give us an understanding of the Christian faith. But then he says to us, this is how that flesh, this is how you live that Christian faith. So the imperatives are as important. As the indicatives that are given to us on the pages of the scripture. Now, with that in mind, let's look at Ephesians five and let's begin. I'm going to read begin with verses one and two, even though I was there last Sunday, then we're gonna look at verses three through 10 as our text this morning, but in Ephesians five beginning in verse one through verse 10, therefore be imitators of God as beloved children. And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God, but sexually morality and all impurities or covetousness, not even be named among you as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude, joking, which are out of place. But instead, let there be Thanksgiving for, you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually, truly and moral or impure, or it was covetous. That is an idolater has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ. Let no one deceive you with empty words for, because. Of these things, the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them for, at one time you worked darkness, but now you are light in the Lord walk as children of light for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right. And true. And try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Last week, we spent our time together in the word, looking in some detail to the first two verses of chapter five. You'll cut. Recall. I noted that. Although verse one begins the fifth chapter of Paul's letter to the Ephesians in our English translation. Translations. It actually serves as a succinct summation of all that is written in chapter four, as well as an introduction fitting of what he is about to write. As we'll see this morning in chapter five, I'm not going to go back to verses one and two, except to remind us of two things that are, I think are important. Paul wrote that are very important. In fact, for us to remember number one, We are to be imitators of God. And what does that mean? I'm not going to, again, elaborate on this, but we saw that pretty soon, you know, significantly last week we're to be imitators of God, which means our lives are to be the increasingly fashioned too characteristics God has given us of himself. In his word. So that's what it means to be an imitator of God. We'll see something about that more in just a moment. And secondly, we are to walk in love that is Christ himself being the example of that love. We are called to now our obedience to these imperatives. Is likened to that of Jesus Christ, which was to God, the father, a fragrant offering and sacrifice. That's what Christ obedience in fact was to his father, a fragrant offering and sacrifice our life of obedience. Like our Lord's life of obedience is most pleasing to God. In fact, Paul describes our Lord's giving of himself for us. As an act of willful obedience and sacrifice, which was a pleasing fragrance. And then we turn to second Corinthians chapter two, verse 15. Paul tells his readers that they are the aroma of Christ. I think about this. And this is where I basically finished last week's message talking about this, that we, what does it mean that we are the aroma. Of Christ. Now in context of second Corinthians, Paul is talking about the church as it experiences suffering for the sake of the gospel. Then our lives during that suffering are in fact. And aroma, as we share in the sufferings of Christ and aroma of Christ to God, our lives listen, church are to spread the odor, literally the odor that's what that word aroma means. It is the Greek word. We get older from the odor of Christ. As we walk through this present world, we only bear such a fragrance. In the world when we are living lives that are pleasing to God, which Paul intricately associates with our love for one another, as we walk through this world in willful obedience to God, meeted with sincere love for one another, it is. And I love the way, and I quoted this last week that Calvin puts it. It is as. Calvin comments, a Holy perfume spread over us. So when we live lives in obedience to God's word, In LA, we live lives obedient to the will of God and in, so doing demonstrate a love for one another. It is as though a Holy perfume is spread over us and we become again, as it were the aroma Christ to God. What a powerful thing to consider that our lives, the metaphor that the scripture gives us that our lives. And the way that we live our lives is likened unto an aroma that rises from this earth to the very nostril God, and how dare we diminish the thought of living in a way that is pleasing to God in light of what the scripture tells us, how that is seen by God. How God perceives lives of obedience and how he perceives lives that are marked by love. Not only love for God, but love for one another. And then immediately in the next verse, verse three of chapter five, Paul transitions, it's beautiful to watch the way he transitions through this whole epistle well transitions and many of his writings by once again, addressing conduct that is. Unbecoming to a believer that is for in fact for forbidden among believers and Paul does it. Oftentimes he situates the negative first in order to make the positive, even the more sweet, rather than beginning with the sweetness of obedience and love, and then diminishing to the ugliness. Of disobedience. He does the exact opposite. Here's what's forbidden. Here's what is unpleasing to God. And then he transitions to what is pleasing to God and how sweet that actually is. So he does a, he discusses the conduct that is not becoming of the believer, the opening with the word, but in verse three puts what is about to be written in direct opposition to what has just been written. He just finished in verse two, speaking of the aroma there, sweet fragrance of Christ. To the father. And then he gives us the exact opposite of that. The contrast of that, because what follows stands in stark contrast to God's character, as well as Christian Love. So in verse three, as you're looking at it, you'll see there's going to be three triads in our passage of scripture this morning. This is the first triad. Which means three things that are in a close relationship with one another. So in verse three, we see the first triad look again at what he says, but sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not be even named among you, which as is proper among saints. Here's the first triad sexual immorality impurity. And cover justness. It's amazing how Paul comes back to this repeatedly, not only in this epistle, but also in his letter to the Corinthians, because as we'll see in just a moment, the cultures in which he is writing are marked by these sins, these are the most prominent sins of those particular cultures, especially current and also emphasis as well. So sexual immorality, which is that Greek word, porneia that we are. Familiar with me. We looked at it before me's illicit sexual activity. Secondly, impurity, which means filthiness and can actually be, it can actually be interpreted as uncleanness or filthiness and then covetousness, which is a word also that can be translated as greediness. Now Paul's grouping of these three is quite intentional. We know that he's writing under the inspiration of the spirits, so we should have no problems in, okay. His he's not writing this by accident. He's writing it as he's being led by the spirit to do so, but his wording is very intentional here. Tensions is no doubt to address the gross immorality sexual in nature that plague the effusion culture. Sexual immorality, which would include every sexual sin that we can imagine from fornication all the way to incest and everything in between is what Paul has in mind when he uses that very inclusive Greek word. Porneia. So word, which we get our word pornography from, which is indeed filthy and it controls a person's life. And it's so controls a person's life that, that it becomes covetous ness almost and desire for all kinds of illicit sexual behavior. Some commentators have actually said it might very well be interpreted this way as sexual greed. So we have sexual immorality, filthiness and coverages, newness. And he groups those things together. So contrary church, so contrary to the holiness of God and the walk to which we, as believers are called it are those things that Paul goes on to tell his readers, this, listen to what he says in the next part of verse three. These things must not even be named. Among you as is proper for saints. Now, some would say, well, Paul is saying that these are things that should not even be discussed or dress well, if that was the case, he would be violating his own, his own rule there. He's not saying these are not things that necessarily should be talked about. Let me see if I explained to you what he means, what Paul means here is simply this. So contrary. So contrary to how a believer is to conduct himself. Are these things that they should not, they should be so detested by believers, that there is not even the slightest suspicion from the world around us, that they exist in the fellowship of believers. In other words, the culture in which the church at emphasis lived was so. Full of this kind of stuff, that there should be one body of people, one assembly of individuals that should not even have the suspicion of such activity among them. It would be the church of Jesus Christ. These things are so detestable. So contrary to the nature of God, there should not be any suspicion whatsoever by our adversaries and our opponents out there that they exist in our midst. Now wouldn't it be wonderful church that were indeed the case, but at least over the last 30 or 40 years in evangelicalism, sadly, we have been marked by our sexual immorality. My sexually listed sexual activity that are happening not only in the churches, but sadly, in some cases in the most notable cases have been those who are the most outspoken, the most visible and public figures in regards to the church. But Paul forbids at he's this, this, this should be one accusation that the world should never, ever, ever be able to level against you. Now, these things are present among you. The church was being falsely accused of a lot of things by the unredeemed culture out there are, are very celebration of the Lord's table was, was seen as barbaric and cannibalistic. They were being labeled as all kinds of immoral practices going on inside the, which were all false and pose. Addressing that very thing here. It should not be a suspicion that those things exist in the fellowship of believers, such conduct such behavior is far Paul says from proper among saints by using the word saints huggy, always in the Greek, Paul intends to remind his readers. And that's why he calls them that he reminds them who they are and what they are in Christ. Listen, very carefully. Christians are not to be guilty of these sins. No one should be able to point their finger at the church and REL these accusations. May it not be so may it not be? So I've said this too, to you before we leave, do we not in a sexual way, charged culture, virtually nothing. Pertaining to sexual misconduct is off the table. So to say anything goes, we're just seeing, and I don't know all the details of it. I really have not given myself to look much into it other than just the re reading on the surface. What is taking place on the West coast of the United States right now with the attempt to reduce the sentences and even the legalities of pedophilia. Reducing the minimum age of consent to where it's not even in the teen years for adults to have sexual relationships with children, as long as there is a consent on the other party, which I believe literally I'm going to step out and say this this morning, which I believe is a concerted attempt to cover the criminality. Not only the criminality, but the wickedness of those who have been practicing it for such a long time who are about to be exposed. And in order to it too, when it's exposed to avoid criminal charges, they're doing everything they can to reduce the charges even to make it legal, to have these relationships with children's such that they there'll be no charges whatsoever. This is indicative. Is it not of a sexually charged culture? When the very, the very segment of our society, which we are to be most avid about protecting, we are now willing to compromise and give them over to such wickedness and such filthiness. Some time ago, someone posted a picture on Facebook. It was actually, I actually, I saved the photo. I've probably got it saved on one of my smart devices. It was this beautiful little girl. She was probably not even entertain years, probably 10, 11 years old. And she's holding two. Awesome. I don't even know what they were. Dobermans are some beautiful dog dogs and their, their, their mouths were in their growling position. Their teeth were about this long and she was holding the leases on both of them or one on each side of her while she smiled. And the caption said, this is how we should view taking care of our children. And I went, absolutely. That is exactly how we should view it. But again, that's exactly what Paul is talking about here and amazing how we're going to suffer the Ayer as a bee of the world, because we will continue to stand to protect our children, to protect our women, to protect our people, Paul and tins, to remind us that as saints, this simply shouldn't be there in the sexually charged culture. The spiral of sexual immorality and filth and continues at an accelerated pace to do what to descend. It's like, God, forgive me for the analogy, but it is as if someone has flushed the toilet and the water is just spiraling with all that Senate man's depraved nature. Continues to covet more and more of the excessive indulgence of his degenerate lusts. Paul unequivocally says no church. This should not Mark who you are. There should be a distinct difference from who you are to what's going on out there in the world. Look at verse four in verse four, he continues with. Another triad. He says, let there be no filth in his, by the way, I can entirely different Greek word as is used in the first triad, but no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking. Now I'm going to move slowly because I want us to really get this and I want it to be understood. The Greek word translated filth and has in the English standard version, as well as the new American standard Bible. If you actually have that with you, is the word that means shameful conduct. That's the way it can actually Rogers and Rogers translates that in, in their Greek study, in fact, shameful conduct. Contrary to what might be or would be considered socially or would it be considered social? Not only associate exceptable, but socially acceptable among them reparable people, which would bring about reproach. What Paul mentions next might be seen as examples of that, which is considered filthy or shameful. So when he says no filth in his, he says, this is the kind of thing that should be not, should not be among you because it is unacceptable for Christians. And look at the things that he gives us. He gives us two things in particular. The first one is. Foolish talk moral loggia in the Greek. It's an interesting word. If you listen to that word moral, lochia think about it. Maura. Where, where does that word sound familiar to you from? It is the word from which we get our word moron from, which means foolish. So it's nonsensical talk. That one might expect from those whose tongue. This is the word picture. It paints those whose tongue has been loosened by alcohol or hat. They've ceased, filtering their speech with reason or sound thinking. I'm going to start, I'm going to camp here for just a moment, especially now I can understand this. If we were among those who have no regard for God's word, who are the unregenerate there, there really is honestly, and this is, this is why we are seeing in a witnessing when I said this to you a few weeks ago, that the language that we hear out in public is just, it's just unbelievable. And the reason being there actually is no filter in their mind through which this passes, whatever comes into their mind comes where comes out of their mouths. The reality of the matter is for us as believers, that is not to be the case. You and I have a filter through which our thoughts must pass before our mouth open and move that filter first might be deemed the word of God, which is to be abiding in us. We also have the abiding presence of the Holy spirit. And as we'll see later in this text, our understanding is no longer dark, but our understanding is light. And thereby we have something through which we filter what we are about to say. And so that, which would be socially unacceptable, which would be foolish. Talk is just simply something that should not be a mung us. Our tongues are not to be loosed. Our tongues are to be controlled. And how often does James in his small epistle that we've been going through on Wednesday nights, Peter, as well, revert back to the old Testament, especially the book of Proverbs, talking about the importance of not only guarding our heart, but doing what guarding our mouths. Being quick to hear, as Chris mentioned, just a few moments ago in his prayer being quick to hear and slow to speak, you know why we are slow to speak because before we open our mouths, what we're about to say has already been thought through or should have been anyway, nonsensical talk one might expect should not be coming from a believer. And then there is the crude joking. Get this the crew joking, turning an otherwise respectful conversation and does something obscene. In fact, interjecting crass, innuendos, oftentimes sexual in nature. That's the context of the Greek language there. How many times did we found ourselves in conversations with people. And suddenly in fact, we often hear it said you have a potty mouth, you have a dirty mind. You can turn the cleanest things into something that's dirty. That's not, it should not be that way among us as believers. There should be no crude joking. Our conversation should be respectful. Conversations should be deemed socially acceptable. Again, we should easily see how these things stand in stark contrast to conduct that pleases the Lord, Paul says this. He says they are out of place. They're out of place unfitting and unbecoming, the church and believers. And now Paul uses look at what he says. Back to your text again, here. He says at the end of verse four, he says, but instead let there be Thanksgiving. So I see here, he brought the negative two triads of negative, and now he brings one significant positive. That is to offset that. Paul uses, but again, but time to transition from the negative imperative to the positives, he says, but instead, let there be the Thanksgiving Eucharist, Tia in the Greek, which means gratitude. Another way of expressing the meaning of this word. What should Mark the fellowship of believers? If filthiness and crassness and crude joking should not Mark us. What should Mark the fellowship of believers? It is this giving. Thanks to God. Our conversation should be seated, should be filled with Thanksgiving. Us. That is us conversing with one another in regards to giving thanks to God for what he has accomplished for us in the person of Jesus Christ. Especially for all we've been richly blessed with in Christ. Our Thanksgiving is no greater demonstrated than in our lives of obedience, as well as our conversation such Thanksgiving defines or is, should define the fellowship of true believers and reflects their God's. Centerness when people come in among us that if they were to walk by here, our conversations. If they are to walk the breezeway coming into this building, hearing our conversations, walk passes as we meet in the aisles, greeting each other. What should they church be hearing coming from our mouths, Thanksgiving, blessing God. And in doing so blessing one another, all six negatives. All six negatives. Paul has mentioned in these two verses are anything, but God and Christ centered, they are rather the works of the flesh. We need only look at Galatians and we won't do that for the sake of time this morning to see how many of those find their way in the war and the list of the works of the flesh in Galatians chapter five. And then Paul moves from four to five in verse five, Paul issues, a stern and direct warning. Listen, because I'm going to, again, try to slow down a little bit here, listen to the serious nature of what Paul writes in verse five. He says for you may be sure of this. Everyone who is sexually immoral. Or impure or who is covetous? That is an idolater has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God way for a moment, the gravity of what he has just said. Let's read it again and look at it very, very carefully for you may be sure of this. Everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or is covetous. That is an idolater. He even puts the word idolatry in there with covetousness in regards to the sexual sin has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Paul's opening to this verse is so clear. There should not be any questions. It should not be the opportunity for anyone to look at us and say, well, that's only your opinion. No, Paul makes it abundantly clear. He says, you may be sure of this, you know, way of saying it in our vernacular that we might say it is. You can take what I'm about to say to the bank. Because it is absolutely true. He's not about to tell them something that they have never heard before. There is no doubt in the years of teaching and emphasis, Paul spent well over three years in emphasis, not only teaching them every single night, every single night for three years, teaching them. In fact, we see in acts chapter 20, he tells Ephesians elders when they meet him at my elitist before he's selling to Jerusalem. He tells him I'd held nothing back from you. I was not ashamed to give you the whole counsel of God can imagine sitting every single night of the week under the teaching of the apostle Paul and all the doctrine that he taught, all the truth of the gospel that he laid out. These people had heard this before, and not only did he teach somebody, pastored them. There's no doubt. In the years of teaching at Ephesus and passing the church that he had planted there, that Paul taught one or more of these things on more than one occasion, what is about to write? So what he's writing here is merely a reminder because Paul has now been gone for some time and likely new believers have coming to the church church who are themselves being taught by the elders that Paul commissioned there. By the way some of those elders back in acts chapter 20, Paul warned in regards to what they would be teaching Paul, who lives, people who live the lives corrupted by the sins. Paul has mentioned, and reiterate here will not go here's Paul's point will not go on punished just a side bar for a thought here. We, we live in a society where punishment has just basically been thrown to the wind. We refuse to punish our children because we don't want them to feel bad about themselves and about their actions. And yet one thing is very clear in the scripture is that certain things simply will not go. Unpunished, as far as God is concerned, and the church has failed in telling people that, giving them the consequences for the way that they live and the actions that they're taking. And what is, what is the punishment that Paul speaks of here? The consequences that awaits such a person, what are they? Well, it's two fold. Look at what Paul says. Number one, no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God, no inheritance. In the kingdom of Christ and God, they will not church. They will not have a share in the reward that awaits the saints. That is the inheritance. Paul has already mentioned all the way back in chapter one, verse 11. Why? Because such people are not regenerated. And have no relationship with Christ. The reality of the matter they are not in Christ. Jesus, Chris, read it in first, John Walden, we go in okay. The most, I think it was the next to the last verse. It was five 19 or five 21 where it made the statement that the righteous will not go on sinning. What does that mean? What does that mean? It means they will not be. Habitually practicing sin. It will not be that which marks their lives. It doesn't mean that we won't see, and we know better than that until Christ comes and we are glorified either by resurrection or by meeting him in the air. We are up to that very time. We will sin sadly, but we will not, hopefully. Do that willfully voluntarily and intentionally such that it marks our lives. And so he says that they will not inherit because they have no relationship with Christ. If a person listen carefully church. If a person professes Christ yet habitually incessantly lives their lives. Contrary to that profession. Here's the point they are deceived. They are deceive. Somebody has deceived them or even worse. They have deceived themselves. For example, a practicing fornicator, a practicing idolater. A practicing covetous person simply cannot be a genuine believer. And as such has no inheritance in the kingdom of God, notice I said the word, practicing and overs. Those are the things that if somebody were to look at my life, they would say those are the things that identify who he is. Sadly. That's not supposed to be the case. If that's the way it is, then it certainly speaks volumes to the reality. That is very likely. That I have no saving relationship with Jesus Christ at all. And thereby I would have no reason to believe under any other circumstances that I would receive the inheritance as if this were not serious enough. The fact that no, they will not have the inheritance, no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. He continues in verse six. Look at what he says. Let no one deceive you with empty words. For recalls of these things, the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. So the second consequence is the wrath of God. But before we even look at that, it's worth noting what Paul writes in his opening in this verse. Let no one deceive you with empty words. Now note this church. It appears someone or someone's portal was, or were in fact trying to teach the notion that God was tolerant of habitual sins and even people who practice such heinous sins were somehow okay with God in the end, this would be an extreme of antinomianism. Now the moral law of God, the moral expectations that God had for us as his saints, his beloved children were no longer standing upon them in any way, shape, form, or fashion. I've heard this teaching. I have seen this teaching in, have seen this teaching being practiced by church bodies, where they had come to believe because they've been taught. That, what they did in the flesh did not matter because their spirits were regenerated and they made this dichotomy between their flesh and their spirits. So they could be okay with God spiritually, while still living their lives in a way, contrary to what they profess. Okay. Uh, more seemingly, but yet I think not less seemingly way. We've done the very same thing and evangelicalism to the sense of saying, okay, we've created a whole category of people like this. We call quote, carnal Christians. We look at their activity and their conduct and behavior, and we excuse it by saying what, Oh, they're just really carnal Christians as if somehow there is, there are those who are the huggy oyster, the saints, those who are the beloved children of God. And then there are those who are claiming to be that. And yet. Nothing about their lives is indicative of the profession that they make. They've been to see that's the bottom line they have been deceived, such ruin is error is nothing less than deception. It is empty words. That's the same Greek word that we see used in Philippians, in what we call the kenosis of Christ. which means emptying. It means that it does not contain in this context. It means it does not contain one kernel of truth. It does not contain one kernel of truth. And there are, they are nothing less than apologies for sin. Listen to this. I thought about this as I was writing this message and that the things that I've heard personally with my own ears over the years, it's okay. When my say, God understands your problem. God understands your situation. God understands your issue. Don't be too hard on yourself. God loves you. Just like you are now. Listen to this sound familiar. In fact, cloaked. Behind that is that mint terribly misunderstood teaching of not judging, which I don't have time to go into today. But in reality, listen to the deceptive nature of those words. It's okay. It's not okay. Don't be hard on yourself. There are times we need to be hard on ourselves church. And God does love us the way we are, but he loves us far too much to leave us there. He's changing us. That is what it's like to becoming the imitators of Christ. Imitators of God. It has to be that ongoing process of change sanctification that is taking place in our lives. You don't want, those are what I just quoted you. They are empty words. empty words, deceptive words, leading potentially to eternal ruin. We ought to be telling people out of love. In fact, Galatians six one tells us that, that we are too. We are, if we, if we see our brothers, if we see our sisters sending. We are to do what we are to reprove them, correct them in a spirit of gentleness all the while, recognizing our own proclivity, our own propensity to fall into the same sin if we are not careful, but because that is indeed true, does not mean we do not address the sin that we see in our brothers and sisters in Christ. It is for their welfare. It is out of our love for them. The last thing we should want to see as brothers and sisters in Christ to our fellow believers is to see them walking in deception. You see them walk in sin and somehow believing that that is okay, the truth is this. Here's the truth of it. And Paul tells you. Because of these things. This is what he says because of these things. The wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. God is Holy God is Holy and Isaiah. We see just how Holy God is in Isaiah six. He is thrice. Holy. For those cherubim, this Sarah from old cry. Holy Holy Holy is the Lord. God of hosts. Holy God is Holy. And in his holiness, there's no place for the sins that Paul mentions. God does not compromise his holiness. If God sees his to be Holy, what happens? If God sees us to be Holy, he ceases to be God. And God is also just because he is Holy, because he is perfectly just, and in his perfect justice sin, invokes God's displeasure, which is expressed by way of his wrath, his Holy and just punishment for sin. That's what his wrath is. It's not some infantile anger or our temper tantrum. His wrath is perfect based upon his perfect justice by way of his wrath, which is his Holy and just punishment for sin. And who are those who incur the wrath? Look at what he says, the sons of disobedience. Don't miss this. In fact, where does that phrase come from? The sons? We see it in scripture. A couple of times. In fact, we see it in Paul's writings. Well, Paul being a Pharisee, having a former Pharisee, a teacher of the law of Moses, the law of God knew this very well. Being a Jew Hebrew of Hebrews, he knew this well, this is a Semitic expression, Paul employees, which indicate the chief characteristic of the person. It is the very nature of such people to despair, to disobey. In fact, when you says the sons of disobedience, it could very well be phrased this way. Sons who are sons who are disobedient or disobedient sons, if these is two, two, we see it. And as such deserve only the wrath of God. In fact, Paul even says, So in chapter two, verse three of this very epistle. If you go back over there in chapter two, verse three, what changed that? What changed that fact of once having been sons of disobedience? What changed that? Paul goes on to tell us in the following verses of chapter two, to tell us what changed our place as sons of disobedience, how sweet. If we look at chapter two of Ephesians, we find these words in light of knowing what we were previously. Every single one of us church were in that group. There was a time there's not a person in the sound of my voice this morning. That was not at one time in their lives, in this place. We're just obedient sons and daughters, sons, and daughters of disobedience. What changes that. We see it in chapter two, verses four and five of Feess and listen, there are, there are almost no more sweeter words in all the scripture, but these words and listen to what Paul said, but God rich in mercy, rich and mercy. How could we ever fathom and measure the richness of God's mercy? Mercy meaning that, which God does not give us, even though we deserve it. God, who is rich in mercy because of the great love with which he loved us. Even when, when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ and in these beautiful words by grace, you have been saved. Just savor that thought, savor the sweetness and the sound of that thought God rich in mercy loved you, even in your sin and in your disobedience, even when you were dead in your trespasses of sin in sin, he made us alive together with Christ. And by grace saved us by God's saving sovereign grace. The disobedient have been changed. And as a result of the change, listen to the beauty of this church. We are no longer disobedient. We are obedient. It is not a call to obedience is not laying upon our shoulders. A yoke, the gospel never intends to lay on us. It is in fact showing us what it is we have been called to and who we are. We are those who were once disobedient. And because by grace, we have been saved. We are now counted among those who are white, who are obedient. We no longer listen to this. We no longer live under the inevitable wrath to come better. Recipients of the glorious inheritance. God has promised those who are his church. Listen, as a regenerated believer tonight, you can re lay your head upon your pillow and know that if the Lord were to call you home, or Jesus were to appear that you are not under the wrath of God. We are keenly aware that we have what we once were and what we now are in Christ. Our lives, believers ought to reflect this glorious truth. If we are truly his verse seven, Paul instructs, his readers, therefore do not. Become partners with them because of the inevitable consequences that await the disobedient ones, the believer is to avoid becoming partners with them in their disobedience. That is the last thing that we should want to do. We have a generation sadly. Of young and not just young, but primarily young people that have lost the truth of what the scripture clearly teaches that bad company truly does. Corrupt good morals, young Christians, you cannot partner with the world and not be affected by it. You can not run with them. And be on affected by it. Why would you, who profess Christ? The ones who have been called out of disobedience to obedience partner with those who are continuing to live their lives in disobedience and therefore are, are upon themselves incurring the very wrath of God. Are you willing to partner with a sin? And thereby suffer the consequences. No, please know you are called. All of us are called to imitate Christ, not the world. You are not the disobedient sons. You're not the disobedient daughters. You are his, that is Christ beloved children. He doesn't look at you and see you as the disobedient ones who are deserving only of his wrath. He sees you as those who are his, his beloved children per se four. At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the world. Get this, please. Paul contrast what we were and what we are pre and post Christ. He actually says, listen, we look at the way, and this is literally the way it's worded is a proper English translation of what's written in the Greek grammar. It literally says you were darkness. He actually says you were darkness. What does that mean? We were not merely in the dark as unregenerate. We were ourselves part of the darkness. We were darkness in our understanding of truth. We were darkness in our knowledge of the things pertaining to God. And in our unregenerate conduct, listen, church, we a pit mic, the darkness. We were not only in darkness, but the darkness was in us. We didn't even realize that. Did we? We realized that when we came to the light, when suddenly that change was wrought in our life, by the sovereign grace of God, suddenly, it was as though our eyes were opened for the first time. We did not even know that we've been groping in darkness. And suddenly it's almost as if someone turned the light on and revealed to us that indeed we were groping in darkness. It's like a person who might've been blind and then suddenly they see they've never seen. And suddenly they see then comes to contrast, but. There are those times. I was thinking that we are so thankful for the buts we see in scripture and here's one of them, but now you are light in the Lord. We all were once darkness, the darkness was in us. We were part of the dark. But now you are light in the Lord. Not only have you come out of the darkness, guess what church the darkness has come out of you when you think of it, that way, that not only have you been translated out of the kingdom of darkness, but the kingdom of darkness had been taken out of you. How glorious that is. That now we are light in the Lord. Our understanding is no longer darkened. Our knowledge of God is no longer darken. We no longer grow up in darkness, as I said while ago, but we walk in light. In fact, we are ourselves. Get this. We are bearers of the light. We carry the light. We are the light. It is a glorious light. Of Christ that fills our hearts and emanates from our very beings everywhere we go this morning, as I was showering and preparing for church, I was listening to, I turned Pandora on Sunday mornings and put it on the Bluetooth this morning. I did, and I just let it play on the smart device. And I don't even know the song I was listening to, but it talked about this whole idea of light. And I thought about light contrast to darkness and how it gave a comparison of the heavenly bodies that Christ has created that give off light in our universe. And I thought about this just for a moment in my mind's eye native had a moment God were to extinguish all the natural light in the universe, his glorious light. Would far out shine, all the natural lights he had just extinguished. He could with his own light light, not only this universe, but all of heaven itself. In fact, he will, in that glorious place, we were told there will be no need for an external light or an artificial light because the lamb himself will be what will be the light. We will stand in that light. And a thought is a thought about this this morning, that is glorious and eminent is that light is you and I in our redeemed state will look upon that light and will not be blinded by it. But we'll see him in that light. This is how it's supposed to be. In fact, for those who have been created in the likeness of God, in true righteousness, as holding as chapter four, verse 24. Look finally at the closing versus closing verse eight, and we look at nine and 10 very quickly closing verse eight. Walk as children of light, because you are light walk as children of light for the fruit of light is found in all that is good. Right. And true. Here's the last triad. It only makes sense that we live out what we truly are. Doesn't it. We are light. In the Lord and therefore it is only fitting that we walk as such as children of light. He verse nine, we see yet another triad. This one positive. This triad describes the fruit of light carpus in the Greek means results, light results in all that is, look, look at this triad, all that is good. All that is right. All that is true. Fruit is fruit is an organic metaphor. Meaning the things that are these things are what, a life that is light bears. Goodness, rightness, truthfulness. Thank how they stand in contrast to all the negatives. Paul has given his readers. Look at verse 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. What a, what a powerful imperative that we give our minds, our thoughts, our lives to discerning. What is pleasing to the Lord asking ourselves, perhaps those very things is this good? Is this truthful? Are these things what they are supposed to be good, right? Truthful. Oh, church that we might indeed heed. Paul's exhortation. And truly walk as children of light that our lives may indeed be pleasing to our Lord. And the church together said, let's stand. indeed father. We have heard some very challenging words, very sobering words, the warning of those things, which are not to Mark our lives and yet how kind you are to reveal to us the things that are to Mark our lives. Might we grasp the significance of having been brought out of darkness and having the darkness taken out of us and being brought into the light and having that light reside in us that as we walk through this world, we would walk as children of light disseminating your light to the darkness around us, where we know that wherever. The light goes, darkness, flees, no matter how minimal the light may be darkness flees, but might our lights not be minimum, might be shine, bright. The glorious light of Christ who by his spirit lives in us, empowers us and blesses us as we walk in this world. My we live a lot lives that are pleasing to you for your glory and for your honor in Jesus name. Amen.