A Believer Walking In The Light
Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Before you were saved
8 – “For ye were sometimes darkness,” – Lost man in darkness
8 – “but now are ye light in the Lord:” – When you were saved
1 Corinthians 15:1 – 4 Is the gospel – You believed the gospel (Salvation)
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
After you are saved
Ephesians 5:8 “walk as children of light:”
After we believed the gospel and was saved, we became light in the Lord
5:8 “walk as children of light:”
How can we walk as children of light?
Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
The Word of God puts light in our inner man (Soul)
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
1 John 1:5 “God is light,”
Ephesians 5:8 “walk as children of light:”
God does not want us to walk in darkness after we are saved
Darkness – means ignorance of God
1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. – Notice two things in this verse:
“Who will have all men to be saved,”
“and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
If a believer is going to walk as children of light, then we must come to the knowledge of the truth. How can we do that?
By the word of God – John 17:17 “thy word is truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thy self approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
Conclusion: As a believer, we should consider what Paul says in Romans through Philemon. I encourage you to consider what Paul says, read his letters, believe what you read, and learn to rightly divide the word of truth. As believers, I encourage all of you to walk in the light. Thank you for taking the time to read this blog!
The Written Word of God Is Profitable
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
a. for doctrine: That body of truth that you believe.
Example: Romans 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
What does “ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine” mean?
To obey from the heart simply means to believe the gospel
Romans 6:17 Paul is talking about saved people
Romans 6:17 “ye were the servants of sin,” – past tense
Romans 6:17”but ye have obeyed from the heart” – That’s when a person believes the gospel. (Romans 10:10 “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;”)
What is the gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:3 – 4
b. for reproof: Is bad behavior that doesn’t match the doctrine.
Example: 1 Corinthians – These believers had bad behavior. Their walk for the Lord did not match who they were in Christ.
1 Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
c. for correction: Is straightening out ideas you have that are wrong, and those ideas that don’t match the doctrine correctly. (Bad Doctrine)
Example: Galatians – These believers had turned to bad doctrine
Galatians 3:1 O FOOLISH Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
d. for instruction in righteousness: We get our instructions by following the Apostle Paul – 1 Corinthians 4:16 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
The Work Of God
1 Thessalonians 4:7 God has called us
How were we called? 2 Thessalonians 2:14”Whereunto he called you by our gospel,”
What is the gospel? 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
“Called” – is one title of a believer that describes our status
Romans 1:6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ:
1 Thessalonians 4:8 God has given unto us his holy Spirit
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
1 Thessalonians 4:9 God teaches us
How does God teach us? Through His Word
1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Conclusion: I pray that this will be a rich blessing and help to you.
What did Paul preach?
A gospel that we can believe – 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you,”
3 “how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;”
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
A Bible that we can trust – 2 Timothy 3:15-16
A way to study the Bible that we can understand – 2 Timothy 2:15
A life that we can live – Galatians 2:20
A purpose that we can fulfill – 2 Corinthians 5:20
We are ambassadors for Christ in this world of sin
We represent the Lord Jesus Christ, and we bring His message to the world
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, After we are saved, what should we do with the word of truth? 2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
We at Clear Springs Bible Church will have our annual Bible Conference March 24 – 26. This will be a time of Bible Study to teach you how to rightly divide the word of truth, and to learn Bible doctrine. Look on our website and read about our speakers and times of the Bible Conference.