Friday, February 11, 2011

Do you want Truth, or "fluffy" half truth?

I remember when I was about 11 years old I went to visit my sister in St. Cloud while she was going to school there. Her boyfriend was a small aircraft pilot and he was going to take me flying. I had never been in an airplane and he buckled me in, he adjusted whatever else needed adjusting and looked over at me and said with a grin, “are you ready?”

That was a pretty good question for an 11 year old who had never flown....”Are you ready?”

Heading in to Ephesians chapter 5, I need to ask first that you buckle up and get ready because Paul is going to take us in a warp speed of 21 verses (the 1st half of the chapter) through the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth.

First, ask yourself and be honest....do you want the whole Truth or do you want “fluffy, feel good” half truth?

If you want the whole Truth, continue:

As we talked about a few days ago, I love seeing the phrase “I urge you” in Scripture. The word “deceive” has that same affect. In a silly analogy, it is kind of like going to the dentist and hearing him say, “this might hurt a little bit.” Well, if you are only pretending to be a Christian, Ephesians chapter 5 is one of those chapters that's going to “hurt a little bit”.

Paul says, “Let no one deceive you with empty words,...” There are some that are going to be deceived in many ways, and in many things.  Paul is continually warning us.
Ephesians 5:5 For this you know, that no ( ….) , has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words....

What is the vessel of the deceit Paul is talking about?.....WORDS! Some will preach false doctrine and deceive people. Actually many will preach false doctrine and deceive many.

Let's first look at the consequences of falling prey to this deceit; the person that falls pray to this deceit will NOT go to Heaven:

Instead of going to Heaven, what is going to happen to those that fall prey to the deception?

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes...

What does that mean, the wrath of God comes? Upon this world, this country, this city....WHAT?

The wrath of God comes upon....here comes that word we don't hear much in todays pulpits....do you know what it is?:

Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.

OUCH! “Can you define disobedient please?” As luck would have it, we don't have to struggle with determining the definition of disobedience, because God has already done that in His Word.
Ephesians 5:3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Many reading this would rightly conclude, “isn't that ALL of us?” YES!  Yes, that is all of us! The question isn't; up to this point were you perfect?  The question is, are you now willing to confess and forsake your sin and surrender your life to Jesus. The question should not be, “Aren't we all sinners?”...Because we are.  The question is, “Are you willing to turn away and turn in the lusts of this world for the King of kings and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness?”

If you are willing to follow Jesus, He gives some clear directives:

Ephesians 5:8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.

Ephesians 5:18-21 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

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