Church of Christ Sermons and Lessons for 2014
Imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1-7)
July 27, 2014
Sunday AM Sermon
Imitators of God
Many men in this assembly
remember as small boys watching their fathers shave. Maybe
they even pretended to be shaving themselves. We learned how
to shave by watching our fathers shave. We’re imitators.
In our text, Paul stresses
how Christians, as children of God, were to be imitators of
God, their heavenly Father, in order to become more like
I. “Walking in Love”
Verse 1 The thought of
imitating God was introduced in Ephesians 4:32. Children who
love their father will imitate his ways. Imitators in the
original language mean mimics. Note: Matthew 5:43-48. Verse
2 Christ’s love was manifested for fallen mankind by leaving
the glories of heaven and coming to earth and offering
himself as a sacrifice. (I Peter 2:21-24) Just as Jesus
lived a life characterized by love, so should His people.
“Sacrifice” will reach to heaven as sweet-smelling aroma.
II. “Being Pure in Body
and Speech” (Verses 3-4)
Verse 3 Christians are not to
live with these sins: fornication, all sexual immorality,
uncleanness, impurity, covetousness, idolatry, putting
material prosperity ahead of the spiritual, and an unlawful
desire for more. (I John 3:3, Luke 12:15) Saints are not to
be involved to any extent in these things. It is not
fitting. We can’t overlook these things for God doesn’t.
Neither can we excuse them by saying, “Well, none of us is
perfect.” Verse 4 Christians must avoid “filthiness”
including obscenity and vile words; “foolish talking,” which
is included here in the New Testament, meaning senseless,
stupid talk which is not profitable in any way to anyone;
and “coarse jesting” defined as lewd, degrading speech or
jokes. Also include Titus 3:9. “But avoid foolish disputes,
genealogies, contentious, and strivings about the law; for
they are unprofitable and useless.” NKJV Note: Matthew
12:34-37. Instead of spending time in this kind of talk, we
should be giving thanks.
III. “Not Being Deceived”
Verse 5 A truth that is
beyond dispute: Those who practice such will not be in
heaven. . . (Revelation 21:8, 27, 22:15) Verse 6 There have
always been those who tried to deceive others by saying that
you can live as you please and God will save you anyway.
Paul addressed this in Romans 6:1. Much of the Protestant
world today believes this [Once saved; always saved.] God’s
wrath will come upon them. (II Peter 2:1-3, 12) Verse 7 Paul
tells them to abstain from participating in their evils.
Instead of imitating them, they needed to imitate God.
God’s word is filled with
good news and hope. Read I Corinthians 6:9-11. “Do you not
know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of
God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
not adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves,
nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners
will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you.
But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of
our God.” NKJV
July 27, 2014