“Wise and Spirit-Filled Living”
An Exegetical Paper on
Interpreting the Bible
Ephesians 5:15-21: Paul’s original thought was that we should walk carefully and wisely, brimming with the Holy Spirit, and shouldn’t be drunken in wine. Paul issues a warning to his readers (5:15-16)
Paul tells his readers to live carefully and wisely (v. 15)
Make the most out of every opportunity (v. 16)
Paul advises his readers not to be foolish (5:17-18)
Paul tells his readers to not be foolish (v. 17)
Paul prohibits getting drunk on wine (v. 18)
Paul commands us to be filled with the Spirit instead (v. 18) Paul expresses his readers to meet together and praise God (5:19-21) Paul says to speak to one another in the form of spiritual songs (v. 19) Paul intends for his readers to give thanks to the Lord (v. 20) Paul tells his readers to submit to one another (v.21)
Those who are filled with the Spirit not only speaking, sing, making melody, and give thanks; also submit their selves.
We are living in a world full of evil. And even as Christians, we can sometimes be easily tricked by humans. We can also be engage in sexual immorality, greed, human trickery, and cunning. This things can lead us to shame, despair, and even the wrath of God, which is ever a good thing. Therefore, it is necessary for us to walk carefully with wisdom, understanding, and to live out our lives filled with the Holy Spirit. If we live out our life in this manner, then it will be easy for us to give the Lord all the thanks that he deserves for everything that he has done for us. Walking carefully and being filled with the Spirit is the bottom line of Ephesians 5:15-21. In order for us, as believers, to serve and praise the Lord at our best, we should carefully watch our steps so that we can be wise and live a life filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul also tells his readers to not be drunk on wine and that they should submit their selves not only to God, but the people around them. Context
The Apostle and Missionary Paul is credited as the author of Ephesians. It is believed that he wrote it between 60 and 62 A.D. while he was under imprisonment in Rome. The original audience of this epistle was addressed to Gentile followers of Christ, who attend churches in and near Ephesus. Paul wrote this epistle to encourage the Gentiles (non-Jewish). He also wanted to make it clear that the Gentiles and Jews were brought together as one body in Christ. “Paul wanted to expand the horizons of his readers, so that they might understand better the dimensions of God’s eternal purpose and grace and come to appreciate the high goals God has for the church.” (NIV Study Bible, 1791) Paul opens up this letter with a sequence of statements about God’s blessings. Paul places a special importance on the fact that we were not only saved for our personal benefit, but also to be able to bring God the praise and the glory that he deserves. Knowing this information helps us to better interpret Ephesians 5:15-21, because it lets us know what was going on during the time that Paul wrote this letter. This is the fifth and final instructions on the Christian’s walk, walking wisely. We see that Paul’s final command is stated in being “filled with the Spirit”. It then goes on to further clarify this. Drunkenness was a scandalous behavior in Judaism. And this led people to performing sexual acts and other acts of full of sexual symbolism. “Spiritual songs” refers to Spirit-inspired songs, which clearly distinguish Christian worship from nearly all worship in antiquity. In Ephesians 5:8-14, it talks about how before we were born again, that we were without Christ (or didn’t know of him). But once we became saved and got to know him better. It also talks about how we shouldn’t do anything to sin against God thereafter. In Ephesians 5:15-21, it says that we should be careful and walk wisely. It also says to...
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