Ephesians 5:1-7 Walking In Love.
Children are great imitators of parents, often to the surprise and sometimes chagrin of the latter. God has no such fear, but only His plan and purpose that this be the case (v. 1). We are His dear children, and it is our heritage to be conformed to the image of His son, our elder brother by adoption. To walk in love is to imitate Christ who “also loved us and gave Himself for us.” (v. 2) So we have the perfect example of what walking in love means. He offered Himself to God on our behalf. His death was more than a mere example, it was a needed sacrifice because of our lost condition, “a sweet smelling aroma” to the Father. Again, the Christian life is one of opposites. Fornication is not love, it is in fact it’s opposite. Fornication is unclean and covetous, so that Paul should write, “let it not even be named among you as is fitting for saints.” (v. 3)
Speech also comes in its opposites. Instead of filthiness, foolish talking, and coarse jesting, we are to give thanks. Thanksgiving is the opposite of covetousness, which is in fact idolatry. The latter is what bars one from the great inheritance that is bequeathed to the saints as part of the kingdom of Christ (v. 5). The opposite of thanksgiving is empty words, just as idolatry, the expression of covetousness, is empty and lifeless. There are really only two groups of people in the world-the children of God and the sons of disobedience. The former are given over to obedience to God, the latter to covetousness and idolatry, the former to love, the latter to hate. The sons of God have a great inheritance, the sons of disobedience await nothing but wrath (v. 6). Paul’s injunction is therefore clear, “Do not be partakers with them.” (v. 7)