– Ephesians 5:1-25
According to the Bible, there are three kinds of man: the Natural man, the Carnal, and the Spiritual.
The Natural man is the kind who are unbelievers. In this kind belong the groups who don’t believe in God or who don’t believe in Jesus.
While they don’t believe in God or in Jesus, they are the ones who don’t understand our acts. They don’t understand why we have to go to church every Sunday, why we have to pray regularly, why we have to consider God in every ways, why we have to read the Bible frequently, why we avoid sinful acts that only seem natural to them.
There are also circumstances when we try to share the Gospel to non-believers until it gets frustrating because in spite of valid proofs that we share, they still don’t believe.
While it’s frustrating, I also find it amazing because through this, it also prove what the Bible says, ”Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given…” – Matthew 13:11-17
Because of this passage, I became more understanding and patient and less frustrated.
The second kind of person is the Carnal kind. They are people who were saved but still living in flesh. As Christians, we are very familiar with these kinds of Christians. In fact, some of us maybe belong to this category of people!
If you’re a gambling Christian, you’re a Carnal. If you’re a drinking Christian, you’re a Carnal. And the long list goes on.
I suggest that we take a regular personality check to determine whether we are still Spiritual or becoming a Carnal.
Spiritual is the third kind of man. These people are saved and have the mind of Christ. Meaning, they think like our Lord Jesus Christ. And these people are also filled with the SPIRIT.
So how can we be filled with the Spirit?
- Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3:16)
– The word of Christ dwelling in you means that you hear the words of Christ and do His commandments. Remember the parable of the sower, when the seeds fell into the good ground, it grows and brought fruits.
If you’re filled with the Spirit of God, you will:
- Walk circumspectly – as Christians, we are responsible for our acts. Not only because we follow Christ and cautious to break His commandments, the world is also watching us. Unbelievers watch our every step. Some are curious of the difference between us and them. Some are curious on what are we doing or our ways on worshipping God. Some are just maliciously watching us and condemn us whenever we commit sin and error.
- Redeem the time – again, as Christians, we are responsible for our acts. In other ways, we treasure time. We don’t sit back and waste time anymore like we used to do before we were saved. Christ as our model, He didn’t waste his time in this planet in His incarnation. He only lived for 30 years and yet, he accomplished His mission in a short given time.
- Understand the will of the Lord – understanding the will of the Lord is knowing good and evil. You will know the Lord’s will in your life so you will do what He pleases and avoid what He doesn’t like.
- Always give thanks for all things – As Christians, we know the importance of God in our lives. We know where things came from including our job, our strength, our health, our food, our wisdom and knowledge, our peace, our joy, everything. And of all the people in this world, we are the ones who should be the most thankful.
The rest are self explanatory and are direct commands:
- Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God (v21)
- Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord (v22).
- Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it (v25).
- Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. (Ephesians 6:1-3)
- Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (v4)
- Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ (v5)
- Masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him. (v9)
- Singing spiritual song and hymns
- Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (Colossians 3:13)
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
These are only some of the many guidelines from the Bible that we could use in our daily life. It is amazing how the Bible is so complete. While it can be broad discussing about the heaven and the universe, it can also be specific talking about the strands of our hair.
Let us be filled with the Spirit and be the salt of the earth and the light of this world.
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