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12. United by Light (Ephesians 5:3-14)

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Ephesians (part twelve)

Christians should not grow in our sin, but we should grow in our awareness of our sin. The closer we draw to the light of God's holiness the more our impurities are revealed. Paul suggests that our sins of darkness-immorality, impurity, and greed-reflect our quest for self-indulgence. Instead, he instructs Christians in speech and conduct that is distinct from our culture. Our walk in light should look different than their shameful walk in darkness, even exposing it. Our goal, after all, is to "learn what is pleasing to the Lord."

Related Topics: Cultural Issues, Hamartiology (Sin), Spiritual Life

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