|Ephesians 5 |
1 Therefore be followers of God, as dear children;
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 want or value, 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 pleas with 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; 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.
12 For the same [unfruitful deeds of darkness] done secretly are filthy even to mention.
13 But all things [sins] reproved are made manifest [revealed] by the light. For whatever reveals is light. [Revealed by the light of the word, Jesus, who reproves every man of sin with light that reveals the sins of his heart to him; the light anonymously pleads with us to cease our evil behavior, but men in their darkness do not comprehend the light. While a man may forget the light's reproving him of his sins, when that man dies, he will see every reproof of God in his lifetime played back vividly and they will be his judge, John 12:47-48; he will remember them all and be ashamed that he ignored the gentle pleadings of his creator. From the Word of the Lord within: "There is no darkness but what will be discovered. All sin is darkness." All a man's darkness is exposed to him, either in this life or the next.]
14 Therefore he said, "Awake you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light." [The meaning of dead is: when Adam disobeyed God in the garden, he lost the life of God and was cut off from the tree of life; thus he and all his descendants passed from life (of God) to death in the life of God. So we are dead until we are restored to the Spiritual image of God in all righteousness and holiness, which only occurs in those who have crucified the selfish, sinful spirit within them, which is then replaced by the Spirit of Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. With Christ in us, controlling our words and deeds, we have the Life of God; but not until then. So, Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light. For in him is the Life, and the Life is the light of men; the true light that enlightens all men who come into the world. John 1:4,9.]
15 See then that you walk with awareness, not as fools, but as wise. [Paul is addressing those in whom the Lord has appeared to guide them, (in the first stage of perfection), which requires watchfulness to avoid temptations; for until you have been born again to be in the second stage of perfection, you are not yet protected from falling to temptations.]
16 Prize your time, because the days are evil. [In his Letter #5, George Fox wrote: "Do not look back, nor be too forward, further than you have attained; for you have no time, but this present time. Therefore prize your time for your souls' sake!" Those who don't attain purification while on earth will forever regret they wasted their time on earth in foolish pursuits.]
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. [How do you understand what is the will of God for you? Continue to walk in the steps of faith by exposing yourself to His commands: waiting, listening, watching, so you can hear, see, and do what He commands.]
18 And do not get drunk with wine, in which is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; [To be filled with the Spirit is have your thoughts, words, actions controlled by the Spirit; which is contrary to the current Pentecostal movement of drunkenness, revelry, screaming, shouting, foolishness, collapsing, twitching, jerking, or uncontrolled laughter — all of which evidence fruits of the flesh and are the opposite of self-control, peace, and gentleness, which are fruits of the Holy Spirit. Regarding false prophets, Jesus told us: "you will know them by their fruits;" do not be misled.]
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
20 Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the savior of the body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be submissive to their own husbands in everything.2
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it [the church of believers] with the washing of water by the word,3 [This is one of the critical verses to be understood. The Greek for word in this verse is rhmati <4487>, which in English means: 1) that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken, word; 1a) any sound produced by the voice and having definite meaning; 1b) speech, discourse; 1b1) what one has said. Hearing someone read words from the Bible does not result in any cleansing or sanctifying whatsoever; but the words that Christ speaks to you do result in your cleansing. Now you are to be clean through the word which I have spoken to you, John 15:3; and Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I don't wash you, you have no part with me." John 13:8.]
27 So that he might present it to himself as a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it would be holy and without blemish.
28 So men should love their wives like their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord does the church;
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh and of his bones.4
31 For this cause a man will leave his father and mother, and be joined to his wife, and they two will be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church.5
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular love his wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she reverences her husband.
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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.
2 as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be submissive to their own husbands in everything. And in verse 33: let the wife see that she reverences her husband. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord. Col 3:18. There is no wiggle room in this command; a wife is to submit to, and respect, her husband as she would the Lord, (as if her husband is the Lord). She should defer to her husband's wishes unless it is dangerous, immoral, or of major consequence; obviously if her husband is of another religious persuasion, she should not give up her belief and obedience to the Lord Jesus in favor of his religion.
Let your adorning not merely be an outward with elaborate braiding of hair, and wearing of jewelry or [elegant] apparel; But let it be the inward adorning of the hidden man of the heart, which is incorruptible, highlighted by a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Pet 3:3-4. Let your beauty be the display of a demure spirit that is reserved, chaste, modest, humble, discreet, unassuming, restrained, quiet, unassertive, humble, unpretentious, meek, self-effacing, undemonstrative, sober, tasteful, proper, reasonable, and inconspicuous.
3 That he might sanctify and cleanse the church with the water of the word. The words you hear from within your heart, and which you keep, practice, and obey are what results in cleansing and sanctification: Sanctify them through thy truth: your word is truth, John 17:17, and Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken to you. John 15:3, and Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with me." John 13:8.
George Fox writes of when you are redeemed, sanctified, and justified, in his writing The Great Mystery of the Great Whore Unfolded:
"a believer that is justified is a new creature, is past from the death which came by sin, and comes to enter into His rest, where there is no sin. He who is the sanctification, is the justification, and so by their sanctification are they justified; it is one and the same, what sanctifies, justifies....Men are justified by the believing, and in the faith and by the faith, and in believing they overcome, and have victory; and there are mortification, and sanctification, and redemption, and justification, all possessed together in the one, which is Christ, and this to the particular satisfaction. "
Clearly in the above, Fox is referring to the second stage of perfection.
4 For we are of his body, of his flesh and of his bones. The portion "of his flesh and of his bones" is found in most Byzantine manuscripts but is absent from the Alexandrian manuscripts; so it is generally considered to have been added by some scribe, which is more likely than a different scribe missing the trailing word. Nevertheless, George Fox and several early Quakers frequently referenced this text to show the extent of union that exists in a delivered-from-sin believer with Christ. This echoes the union of Eve, taken from Adam's flesh in Gen 2:23.
5 This is a great mystery; but I speak concerning Christ and the church. This is the union. This is the resurrection of Christ in a purified believer. This is the joining of Christ to the purified soul of the believer to produce an entirely new creature. This is the marriage of the bride of Christ, (his true church, made spotless, without wrinkle), to the Lamb. This is becoming one with Christ and God, junior to God, but up to God. Christ only joins with sinless, purified, washed, cleansed believers, having purified their hearts by faith, having purified their souls by obedience to the word of truth.
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