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15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise—16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil. 17 So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit: 19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of Christ.
15 Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise—
The word fool refers to a person who acs unintelegently and irrespnsibly. However Scripture defines the fool who says in his heart there is no God. and morally corrupt doing adominable deeds The fool is an idividual who lives apart from God. either as a theological or practicl aithiest or both. The fool denys God by his actions and his words, the supreeme fool is a person who has anti-God thinking and living patterns The ultemate destiny of fools is that they are always learning and never able to come to the knowlenge of the truth .
In scripture wisdom is centerd around conviction and behavior more specificly in reconizing and obeying God. Upon the salvation of and individual he moves from foolishness to wisdom. Being a christian leads one to Walk worthy humbly in unity Seperated from the ways of the world in Love in light and in wisdom
in the passage today, Paul mentions three things that the Lord’s wisdom teaches His child. The wise beliver knows his life principals, his limited privilages, and the puropse of The Lord.
Paul calls the believers to carefully walk baced on what he has been teaching. he calls the belivers to walk by as believers in Christ. Christians are to walk wisely, not unwisely because they are God’s Children. who have been saved because of the sacrifice of Christ.
He calls belivers to walk as wise men, they are to live like the people they are. in Christ.
1 The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
16 making the most of the time, because the days are evil.
Weather it is buisiness , personal, or spiritual realm no one can turn a dream into reality or fully take advantage of of oppertunitiea without making the most of His time.
God has set boundaries to our lives, and our opportunity for srevive exists only within those boundaries. It is significant that the bible speeks of times being shortened but never being lengthened.
God has soverignly bounded our lives with eternity =, God knows both the beginning and end of our time on earth =. As believers we can acheve our potential only in His service only as we maximize the time He has givin us.
There are many places in Scripture that show us that those who think they will always have time to do what they should
When Noah and His family enterd the Arc and God shut the door, the oppertunity for anyone else to be saved from the flood was gone
We are to make the most of our oppertunities on this earth not only, because days are short, but they are also evil, the world seeks to oppose us and seeks to hinder the works of the Lord
When Paul wrote here the days are evil, he may have been of how corrupt Ephisis was. The Christians in Ephisis were suronded by pagenisim and influenced by hericy. Grred, imorality, and dishonesty were a way of life in Ephisis. This was a way of life that the believers at Ephisis had once been involved in, and were tempted to revert to thus why paul needed to admonish them in this way.
When we walk in obedience we walk carefully making the most of our time. we take full advantage of every oppertunity to serve God and to bring him glory. None of us trully knows how long we have to serve God each of us have a clock that will one day tick its last and when that happends our oppertunity for service will end.
17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Pul repeats himself from his previous instruction to not be unwise he tells the belivers to not be foolish. and reinforces this centeral truth.
By the statement understand the will of the lord He expands the instruction to not be foolish, and makes it even more clear to walk in Wisdom.
As we observe our wold and how evil and busy it is it is easy to get overwellmed about responsibilities ext. however the wise beliver will seek to understand the will of the lord because he knows that only through the Lord’s will and power can anything good and lasting be accomplished.
Gods Basic will is found in scripture, Where one can find his perfect guidelines for knowing and doing what is pleasing to Him. however this will is the guiding of specific believers. God’s plans and directions for each beliver are not found in scripture, hoever, general principals for understanding them are.
God does not show us his will through visions, dreams, neither does he play a divine guessing game with us hoping we will just stuble into his will. God’s desire is that we know and understand his will and gives us every help to accomplish that.
The unwise beliver tries to function apart from God’s will and focuses on what they want and do.
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
The idea here is not to get drunk, because the alcoholl has control of you and as a beliver we must let the holy spirit contol you!
being drunk with wine is not only a hinderence of being filled with the spirit, but also a counterfit to it.
There are many differnt views within the church about drinking, but one thing is clear that scripture always condms being drunk. a person is drunk when the alchol interups normal functions of the body or mind.
Bing filled is NOT:
A dramatic experiene that is suddenly energized
socialy trying to do what God wants
not the same as possessing or being indwelt.
not the baptisim of the spirit
being sealed or secured by him
Being filled IS
being controlled by the holy Spirit
It is not possible to live a life in Gods will without being filled with the spirit
19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music with your heart to the Lord,
The spirit filled life produces music.
The primary audience for singing is other believrs. Throughout all of scripture singing of God’s people is shown to be within the fellowship of God’s people not once in the Bible is music used to be evengelistic, but points to worship th Him.
20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
We are comanded to be always thankful. The idea here is to reconize Gods control in every aspect of our lives. God seeks to make us into the image of His son, for us not to be tankful is is to disregard his control, Lordship, and filling.
it is not nessesary- some are not thankful because they think they have earned or deserve everything they have.
21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
If we have this spir