|Ephesians 5:2-11 |
2 And walk in love, as Christ has also loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.
3 But as becomes the saints, do not let sexual immorality, all uncleanness, or covetousness, be named among you even once.
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not becoming; but rather give thanks to God.
5 For of this you can be sure, that no sexually immoral, or impure, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. [The peoples of the earth have ignored these perfectly clear behaviors, (sexual immorality, impurity, covetousness), that exclude any and all from the kingdom. From the Word of the Lord within: "Ephesians 5:5-6: This the void of the earth, made perfectly clear. Those who are immoral have no inheritance in God's kingdom." Paul just told us that covetousness is idolatry. So whatever we value or want without genuine need, we worship; and how one spends their free time defines their devotion. From the Word of the Lord within: "you must learn to hate everything you worship."]
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient.1 [Paul warns you not to be deceived by anyone who tells you differently, (e.g., that your sexual immorality, impurity, and covetousness is excused by believing in Jesus), which is what the preachers of Christianity do; but even the demons believe in Jesus. It is only by waiting on the Lord to hear and obey his commands that one can become pure, free of sexual immorality, and free of covetousness. From the Word of the Lord within: "The way is clear: listen and obey."]
7 Therefore do not share in these things with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. [To be in darkness is to still be sinning; to be a child of the light is to have persistently believed in the light and followed the light, who is Christ. To walk in the light is to be guided in what to say and do. All men sit in darkness and walk in darkness until the light arises in their hearts. From the Word of the Lord within: "Walking in the light is to be guided through life by God; walking in darkness is making your own decisions as to what to do and say. Light comes from faith in the voice."]
9 For the fruit of the Light, in all goodness and righteousness and truth,
10 Proves what is acceptable to the Lord, [The light shows you what to do and what to say, but you must obey it; and you must be on your watch to avoid the temptation to enter into deeds of darkness. When you reach the 2nd stage of perfection, you will be protected from entering into deeds of darkness, which is sin.]
11 and [the light] has no share in unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reproves [or refutes] them.
1 Here is more of the fine print of the contract listing exclusions, even for so-called believers: no sexual immorality, uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, or jesting; for you can be sure that no sexually immoral, impure, or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words. For because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. From the Word of the Lord within: "Ephesians 5:5-6: This the void of the earth, made perfectly clear." The peoples of the earth have ignored these perfectly clear behaviors that exclude anyone from the kingdom of Christ and God, along with a plea to not be deceived by anyone who tells them differently: "let no man deceive you with vain words," which is exactly what the millions of preachers in Christianity constantly do, deceiving their billions into being comfortable with their perpetual sinning because their itching ears have believed the lie that their belief in Jesus excuses them from God's judgment and wrath. From the word of the Lord within, "They totter to the slaughter;" tottering, drunk in their lusts and pride from the intoxicating wine of the whore of Babylon, oblivious to their looming soul's destruction and painful, forced repentance after death.
Likewise salvation's exclusions are detailed in Galatians: "the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; sexual immorality (including adultery and fornication), impurity, lust, idolatry (including covetousness), sorcery, hatred, arguments, jealousy, anger, ambition, divisiveness, factions, envy, drunkenness, revelry (partying), and the like; which I say beforehand, as I have said before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." Gal 5:19-21. And Jesus in Mark, give us further exclusions of the contract: "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." Mark 7:21-23. We have consumer protection laws to protect us from deceitful advertising of products, but we have no protection from those ministers who promise salvation and heaven, while ignoring the previously stated exclusions, and ridiculing the stated requirements of cleanliness, purity, and holiness — because the false ministers are not clean, pure, or holy.
It is only by waiting on the Lord to hear and obey his commands that one can become pure, free of sexual immorality, and free of covetousness, which is idolatry.