Answers for Ephesians Chapter 5

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DAY ONE
Questions and Answers


1. Verse 1 tells us to be imitators of God. How are we to imitate God? Who was our model?

As dearly loved children we are to live a life of love

We are to model our behavior after Christ who loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

2. How are we to live our lives according to verses 2, 8 and 15?

  • Verse 2 – Live a life of love
  • Verse 8 – Live as children of light
  • Verse 15 – Live wisely

3. What are the six things Christians should not have in their lives according to verses 3 and 4?

  1. (a hint of) sexual immorality
  2. (a hint of) any kind of impurity
  3. (a hint of) greed
  4. obscenity
  5. foolish talk
  6. coarse joking


DAY TWO
Questions and Answers


1. What 2 reasons does Paul give for Christians to not have these six things in their lives?

  • because these are improper for God's holy people
  • they are out of place with Christian living

2. Have you been in a group of people and someone begins to tell an off-color joke or story? What have you done or could you have done in these situations which are out of place for Christians?

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  • I walked away
  • I silently prayed
  • I changed the subject
  • I pointed out that these things are not in accordance with the Christian lifestyle
  • I laughed or smiled and then later regretted it after I had time to think about it

3. What would be an example of a hint of sexual immorality or any kind of impurity or greed that we should not have in our lives according to verse three?

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DAY THREE
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1. How can we expose the fruitless deeds of darkness from verse 11? Read the following verses to gain an understanding:

  • John 8:12
  • John 9:5
  • Acts 13:47
  • 2 Corinthians 4:6
  • 2 Timothy 1:10

By letting the light of Christ shine in our hearts which is sharing the good news

2. In the following verses we are told to do certain things detailed below. Each example also has a contrasting command(s). List the contrasting verse(s) for each and the contrasting command(s).

Verse 1 - Be imitators of God

  • Verse 3 - But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people
  • Verse 4 - Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving

Verse 7 - Therefore do not be partners with them

  • Verse 8 - For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
  • Verse 10 - and find out what pleases the Lord.
  • Verse 11 - Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them

Verse 15 - Be very careful, then, how you live

  • Verse 15 – (live) not as unwise but as wise
  • Verse 16 - making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil

Verse 17 - Therefore do not be foolish

  • Verse 17 - but understand what the Lord's will is

Verse 18 - Do not get drunk on wine

  • Verse 18 - Instead, be filled with the Spirit

3. Why is getting drunk a sin?

Because it provides a means for us to display a loss of all reason which distinguishes us from animals – We were made in the image of God.


DAY FOUR
Questions and Answers


1. What does it mean to submit ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ (verse 21)?

Do the following verses from the Book of Romans provide us any ideas: Romans 12:10,16; 13:8; 14:13; and 15:7?

Do you think Jesus Christ provided us any examples from his life?

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2. Who are the two audiences in verse 19 and how are they different, the same?

Different: Physical communication Spiritual communication

Same: Both done in the spirit of love, to honor God

3. Please answer the question below. If you are single, answer as though you were married.

A question for the ladies: What makes it easy for you to submit to your husband as provided in verse 22?

A question for the husbands: What makes it easy for you to love your wife as provided in verse 25?

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ONE MAN'S OPINION:

  • If the wife submits/respects her husband, it’s easier for the husband to love her
  • If the husband loves the wife, it is easier for her to respect or submit to him
  • Neither of these comes before the other for we are to submit ourselves to one another out of reverence for Christ (verse 21)


DAY FIVE
Questions and Answers


1. What is meant by the phrase “In this same way…” in verse 28? What is the way that is referenced?

In the same way refers to the way husbands are to love their wives –just as Jesus Christ died as a result of sacrificing his body for his bride (the church), husbands are to give our entire lives for the sake of and the protection of our wives

2. What does this chapter say about the top three reasons for divorce today: Money, Sex and Alcohol? Why is there so much divorce these days?

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ONE MAN'S OPINION

Ephesians 5:3: But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people.

Ephesians 5:18 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

3. The following verses state how a husband must love his wife.

  • Verse 25 - Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
  • Verse 28 - In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
  • Verse 33 - However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

What is an example of this type of love?

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DAY SIX
Questions and Answers


What specific things about today’s culture are at odds with concepts of a wife submitting to her husband and a husband loving his wife?

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