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The Questions

1) What does it mean to “look carefully” how you walk?  

2) Why is Paul giving these instructions?  

3) What does Paul characterize as wise?  

4) According to this passage, what does it mean to be “filled with the Spirit”? 

Ephesians 5:15-21

“Looking carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

Original Intent

1) What does it mean to “look carefully” how you walk? 
The book of Ephesians was written to believers and gives practical ways to live out our faith. In the previous verses, Paul instructed the Ephesians to “be imitators of God” (5:1). As a follow up, he asked them to evaluate their behavior knowing that “everything comes to light” (verse 14). Part of being an imitator of God is evaluating our actions according to His standards. We should carefully examine our actions in light of His grace and the call to the Great Commission, that is, telling others about Jesus!  

2) Why is Paul giving these instructions? 
As Paul writes this letter, he continually reminds his audience of their identity in Christ and the behavior that follows because of it. Our works do not save us, but because of our faith in Him, our actions change because of His abiding grace made manifest through the presence of the Holy Spirit. Paul gives the Ephesians these instructions to encourage them to live faithfully in the world around them.  

3) What does Paul characterize as wise? 
Simply put, in verse 15, Paul says that “making the best use of the time” is the way to live wisely and “understanding the will of the Lord” is the opposite of foolishness. In other words, make the most of every opportunity to allow Christ full reign in our body, our actions, our thoughts, and our speech; doing the will of the Lord exhibits true wisdom!  

4) According to this passage, what does it mean to be “filled with the Spirit”?
This is the power source for the things that Paul mentions at the end of this passage. The Holy Spirit is the prompter and creator of the ability to “address one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks…” Living the power of the Spirit guides believers and set their minds on things above. (Col 3:2) 

Everyday Application

1) What does it mean to “look carefully” how you walk?
As believers, we have a responsibility to monitor our behavior. We are ambassadors for Christ and how we live our life says something about His presence in our life. We should have brothers and sisters in Christ who hold us accountable for our actions as well as striving in the power of the Holy Spirit to imitate Him. There is never a moment we are out of His presence as believers, so there should never be a moment we aren’t carefully watching how we put His glory on display.  

2) Why is Paul giving these instructions? 
As we read these words today it is encouragement that sin is not new. We need others to come alongside to remind us of God’s truth and our identity. We need reminders of the importance of acting in every moment on behalf of the Lord. When we claim Him as our Lord, our life—choices, attitudes, and behaviors- change for all eternity. Our perspective moves from the temporal to the eternal.  

3) What does Paul characterize as wise? 
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” (Psalm 111:10) When we think about what it means to be wise, the writer of this Psalm tells us clearly that knowing and fearing the Lord is the beginning of true wisdom. Paul tells us in this Ephesian passage that Wisdom makes the most of our everyday opportunities by offering ourselves as sacrifices of worship. Every moment is a new opportunity to worship God and apply His wisdom to our own conduct as we love others as Jesus loves us. Understanding God’s will of loving Him first and allowing that love to overflow onto others is wisdom!  

4) According to this passage, what does it mean to be “filled with the Spirit”?
There is nothing that should take the place of the Lord in our life. Circumstance crowd us and details distract us, but our power, our strength, our direction, our constant is the Holy Spirit that lives inside of us. Allow the Spirit to work and move in your life and do not be distracted. When we trust in the Lord to lead us, our actions follow because our perspective changes. The filter with which we see ourselves and those around us changes. The necessity of Jesus and wanting all to know Him becomes our motivator to remove the obstacle of delay and make the most of the time the Lord has given us! 

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1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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