Eph. 5:1-2 Walk in Love.

Eph. 5:1-2 Walk in Love.

‘Therefore’ indicates that what follows is based on what precedes. This putting off the old and putting on the new is a key motif for Paul. ‘Putting on’ here means being “imitators of God as dear children.” (v. 1) We are children of God in this sense of being imitators, by means of adoption, and not by our own means. Walking is also a popular metaphor for how we are to live our lives, and for adopted children, this means that we are called to walk in love. Again, this love is based on Christ’s love for us, a love that was more than a feeling, rather, it evidenced itself in his giving himself for us, and we are called to then give ourselves back as “an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling aroma.”

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