Ephesians 5:1-18 

One of the questions I am asked most, “Preacher, how can I be a better Christian.” My answer is always much the same, quit trying. Give yourself to The Lord and His will, and allow Him to mold and make you in the image of Christ.

Another question: How can I be a good follower?

Look again in verses 1-2.

There is really a mixing of metaphors here.  In chapter 4 the church is called a new man, and now the church is to be a bride.  The emphasis in this chapter is on the future—the church will be a bride.  The church is not a bride today.  The church is a new man walking in the world, and is engaged to Christ, but is not yet wedded to Him.  The wedding has not taken place yet.  We will be the brides after the rapture:

Revelation 21:2, 9,“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. On this earth we are to walk as a future bride.  We are engaged now.  This is what Paul was talking about in:

2 Corinthians 11:2, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

When a young lady is engaged and preparing for her wedding, she doesn’t have time for her old boyfriends.

She will not be going out with Tom tonight and with Dick tomorrow night and with Harry the following night. SHE IS ENGAGED AND HAS NO INTEREST IN THEM ANYMORE.

How can we who are engaged to Christ live as the world lives?


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