The following thoughts are straight talk to those who want to go into the ministry – who desire to be preachers.
A validation one is filled with God’s Spirit is the desire to worship.
Jesus Christ does not want those who are lost to remain in their sordid condition. If those who are lost respond to the light Christ provides, He will always bless their efforts.
The apostle is extremely concerned the Ephesians do not lapse into old vices.
Christ’s mediatorship is the very reason we avoid the attitudes and behaviors mentioned in this passage. The apostle names specific sins Believers are to avoid at all costs.
God allows daily annoyances as a test of character. As the most unique gift offered to every Christian, the Holy Spirit is worthy of our utmost reverence and respect. He is offended by unholy living, but yielding to His gentle influence helps Believers eliminate the very sins Paul has listed.
The purpose of these questions and scenarios is to develop interest and discussion for situations which always call for Biblical solutions and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.
Paul seeks to show the Ephesians that unconverted persons are not rational, but controlled by passion and desire.
Paul now commences a detailed description of the world view of unsaved persons. It is a snapshot of the tragic consequences of rejecting Christ.
God has adequately provided for the edification, instruction, and continuing success of His Church.