Ephesians 5:1-2, September 2, 2019
Follow God’s Example / Be Imitators of God
REVIEW 4:17-19 OLD MAN and 4:20-24 NEW MAN
Are you ashamed of your faith, your belief? Are you embarrassed? Do you hide your faith?
If this is you STOP. You are different. Your faith, your belief makes you different, very different. You know you will die and you will go to heaven. That is your faith, your belief … all driven by a man on a cross who died for your sins and then rose from the dead on the third day. A man we owe a debt to so enormous we cannot pay it back. We can only accept it with great humbleness. And if anyone asks – His name is Jesus.
You know you are a new person and you can no longer behave the way you used to behave because that is not the way of life you learned! Because of what you heard about Christ and were taught in Him you have died to your old life and are now living a new, brand new, life. Paul reminds you that You were taught, to put off your old self and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
You must go through the process of getting rid of the old you much as you would get rid of old clothes that were part of the old you and put other clothes on reflecting the new you.
Jesus embodied this very idea after He raised Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:44
5:1-2 Follow God’s Example / Be Imitators of God
NIV 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
ESV 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
imitate definition – to take or follow as a model or example; to copy a person’s speech or mannerisms
imitate synonyms – mimic, copy, emulate, try to be like, impersonate
walk (Strong’s 4303) – peripateō (pe-rē-pä-te’-ō) – to tread all around, i.e. walk at large; figuratively, to live (examples)
NIV 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and to live in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
ESV 1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And to live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Apostle John in 1 John 3:23 says: And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.
sacrifice defined – the act of giving up something of value for the sake of something or someone else
Love that does not come naturally Luke 6:32-36 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
1 John 3:14-18 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
2 Timothy 3:1-4 1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—
Revelation 2:4 4 “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.”