Now Are You Light In The Lord

Ephesians 5:8-10–For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

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You were sometimes darkness–Our understanding was darkened.  We were alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that was in us, because of the blindness of our hearts (Ephesians 4:18).  This blindness was the work of the god of this world who blinded our minds.  We walked as men of this world.  We walked (lived our lives) in this blindness and without understanding.

Now are you light in the Lord–Our being light is in our connection with the Lord who is “the Light of the world”. Having received Jesus (the Light) we have become light.

Walk as children of light–We now shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:15).  Our light is to so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).  We walk in the light as we walk in the Spirit and in the power of God.  Our light is the fruit of the Spirit, the character of God.

The fruit of the Spirit–”The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance” (Galatians 5:22-23).  The fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness–moral excellence, and deeds of kindness and charitableness.  The fruit of the Spirit is in all righteousness–doing that which is right in God’s eyes.  The fruit of the Spirit is in all truth–reality, and real as opposed to all lying, deception, and hypocrisy.

Proving what is acceptable to the Lord–Our light and life is to be an open display of the kind of life that is acceptable to the Lord.  This life that was created in us and empowered in us is by God.