Shine on me Christ

09 Feb

170209But fornication and impurity of any kind, or greed, must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints. Entirely out of place is obscene, silly, and vulgar talk; but instead, let there be thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no fornicator or impure person, or one who is greedy (that is, an idolater), has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be associated with them. For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (Ephesians 5:3-14, NRSV)

This set of verses is hard.

Do not think about anything unpure or talk about it.

Say nothing empty and do not deceive.

Do not be associated with those who are disobedient to God.

For you were once in darkness but now Christ has shined on you and you are to walk in the light and be the fruit of light.

So we need to find out what is pleasing to the Lord and do only that.

Now I agree with all of the above, but we live in a fleshly world and the above is not possible without the Spirit. Without God acting in our lives and us following where the Lord is leading us.

And this verse to me seems to leave the Spirit out of the picture. We need to discover what pleases the Lord, we need to wake up and then Christ will shine on us. It is about what we do and not what Christ has done. But it does help us focus on what Christ has done for us. And what Luther said in his explanation of the third article of the Apostles’ Creed, “I can not by my own power or understanding t come to God except through the leading of the Holy Spirit.” It is God that calls us and wakes us to His presence in our lives.


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