Today I’m going to post on Ephesians 5:8-13 which says,
“8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.”
Paul is telling the Ephesians not to go back to their old way of life, but to live as “children of light”. He is saying that believers, or children of light, should live with goodness, righteousness, truth, and what pleases the Lord. He says that we should have nothing to do with evil acts, but instead we should reveal them. Paul says that everything that is revealed by light is visible, and everything that is illuminated “becomes a light”. When unbelievers accept Christ, they become illuminated by Him, and they become lights themselves.
Light always wins over darkness, and darkness can always be driven away by light. When Paul says that all things that are illuminated become lights, he means that when the light of Christ shines into a person they become a light. Think of the person as a candle, and Jesus as a lighter. When the lighter lights the candle, the candle becomes a light. Matthew 5:14-16 says,
“14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
God has given us the light of the world. He sent His son to die on the cross, so that we may be filled with light instead of darkness. God loved us so much that He filled us with light and life eternal. Now we must spread our light to others so that “they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”. God has sacrificed His own son to give us the light of life… now let us share that light with others.