You Were Darkness, You Are Light Ephesians 5:7-21

June 24, 2018


Sermon: You Were Darkness, You Are Light  Ephesians 5:7-21
It doesn’t say you were in darkness and now you are in light but it says you were darkness and now you are light.  We were actually darkness.  Thus it is with everyone who has not become light.  We will explore this and the other verses in this section of Ephesians.  We will even discuss the new claims that you can be drunk on the Holy Spirit.
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 6/17/2018  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 7/1/2018
Ephesians 5:7-21 ESV  
    • What is meant by partner?
        • Other translations say partakers with them.
        • We do not join in with their works
        • We don’t take part in crude language, joking or other impure acts
        • We don’t have much in common anymore, if anything
    • Notice he says them and you
        • There is clearly a distinction
    • You were darkness, you are light
        • Why not in darkness and in light? –
        • KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV, – nearly every translation – 1 or 2
            • Very important to the doctrine of man and salvation
            • You were something but now you are something else
                • Walk or act like what you are now
        • This is a new creation, a new birth, regeneration
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV  
    • This is not a decision or an outward change but a new creation
        • Inside change from darkness to light
        • The Bible states over and over again- by the power of God
Acts 16:14 ESV  …
    • MLJ – Analogy on Becoming light,
        • Light switch – all at once or the early beams of morning light
    • Look at it this way
        • When the light is in you, you become light
        • Everything about you is transformed
            • Your understanding has changed
    • NOT just an external light influencing you but an internal light
        • We can all be influenced by external sources, good and bad
            • The great revivals had an external influence on morality
            • People were EXTERNALLY influenced by Christians
        • Today we see a decline in Christianity
            • Christians can also be EXTERNALLY influenced by our neighbors or Paul wouldn’t have wrote: Therefore do not become partners
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 ESV  
Walk as children of light
    • Paul tells us to be who we are
        • If you are light then be light
    • Sanctification is NOT a quick experience, without effort
        • Paul is telling us to do something – to walk
        • We are to exercise discipline and self-control
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV  
    • We can’t sit on the couch and then fight Apollo Creed
        • We train pilots before we go to war
        • Employees train, everyone trains
        • This is both and individual and a team sport
            • Train as an individuals and train as a team
    • Regardless of external influences, light will contain the fruit of light
        • Should light be afraid of darkness?  NO!
            • Light dispels darkness, it overcomes darkness
        • Darkness will ONLY overtake us if we hide our light
            • If you cover a light –then we have darkness
            • If you remove the cover you have- light
Matthew 5:14-16 ESV  
    • We would not be influenced by darkness if we didn’t hide our light
        • Christians are more holy on Sunday’s, why?
        • The light that is in us overcomes darkness
    • If you are being influenced by darkness, ask yourself 2 questions
      1. Am I walking day by day in the light (DISCIPLINED)?
          • discerning what is pleasing to the Lord
              • How can you know what is pleasing to the Lord?
              • You must know the Lord to know what pleases him.
                  • Discerning is an ongoing work
                  • Constantly weighing our thoughts and conduct against his Word
                  • Robert L. Reymond – Systematic Theology
                      • Mankind expends resources and effort to hear from other worlds, but he has the Word of God and does not care.
      1. Am I hiding or covering the light that is in me?
        • Cockroaches scurry away when the light is on
        • Your worldly friends will either be changed or want nothing to do with you, the light will influence them one way or another
        • Think about it
        • Better for you to influence than to be influenced
    • The light exposes darkness for what it is
        • The works of darkness are unfruitful and meaningless
    • The light reproves and rebukes the evil works of darkness, in our lives and in the lives of those around us
    • Visible effects
        • Christianity has a great influence on the restraint of evil
            • In us and in the world
        • The light of the gospel is what converts people
            • God converts
            • Many see the light but NOT ALL become light
John 3:19 ESV  
    • All who are darkness all are dead
        • You were darkness, you are light
        • Whoever TRULY hears becomes light
John 5:25 ESV  
    • How is darkness exposed?
    • The light we have exposes darkness
    • God chose the preaching of the gospel to save sinners
    • He didn’t appear in the sky, or on TV BUT by the light of the gospel
1 Corinthians 1:21 ESV  
    • We are to examine our walk
        • Paul contrasts; unwise with wise, foolishness with understanding
    • AGAIN he tells us to know the will of the Lord
        • How can you know the will of the Lord?
        • Through his word, revealed by the Spirit
        • It’s not all about me, it’s about His glory
    • What do you do with your time?
        • Time is valuable and precious, and must not be squandered away
        • Where will we get the best return on investment
        • Think in terms of spiritual investment – Journal??? [money]
    • What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit?
    • Why does the Bible contrast being filled with the Spirit and wine?
        • People claim you can be drunk in the Spirit?
            • Slurring their speech, unholy language, and crudeness
        • Debauchery – Excessiveness, chiefly – habitual lewdness
    • Text says to be filled with the Spirit NOT drunk in the Spirit
        • Negative vs. positive – The complete opposite!!!
Luke 1:15 ESV  
    • Where does John the Baptist act drunk?
        • Where does anyone act drunk with lude speech and uncontrolled body language???  In Acts???
Acts 2:4 ESV  
Acts 2:6 ESV  
Acts 2:13 ESV  
    • They were not acting drunk
        • They were being mocked
    • Immediately, Peter tells them they are NOT drunk
        • People were hearing the message in their own language
    • Where in the Bible does God take on the attributes of sinful behavior
    • So why say instead of drinking wine be filled with the Spirit
        • You used to go out with your friends and wine would bring you joy
        • Wine can make a person happy for a season
            • It’s even called liquid courage
        • Instead of wine be filled with the Spirit
        • The Holy Spirit brings us true Joy
            • He emboldens us to speak the truth
            • He is never disorderly
1 Corinthians 14:31-33 ESV  
    • Ephesians 4-5 [What to stop doing], [What we do now] & [Why]
    • Instead of the old drinking that brought you joy take joy in the Spirit
        • Does Paul say the Spirit will make you drunk?
        • The Spirit will cause you to fall down and be disorderly?
        • The Spirit will cause you to slur your words?
        • The Spirit will cause you to act un-holy?
            • NO, NO, NO, NO!!!
    • Because you are filled with the Spirit you will:
    • Context, context, context [Closing]
    • We WERE darkness, we ARE light
    • Light dispels darkness – How is your walk?  Examine it.
        • Are you hiding your light?  
            • Are you influencing others or being influenced?
        • How are you using your time? [Time is a resource]
    • Are you light, then be who you are
        • You walk one step at a time, we don’t teleport.
        • This is a daily DISCIPLINED walk – there are no shortcuts
    • We MUST be disciplined
We MUST influence instead of being influenced – Light dispels and overtakes darkness.  

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