Saturdays Through Ephesians

For me and my family, Saturdays are for rest and the Word of God.  For a time, I am dwelling in Ephesians, so I thought I would invite you along.  What you will read is my translation, which like Eugene Peterson’s translation, reads more like a paraphrase than a literal interpretation.  So, with that in mind, here’s hoping that Saturdays through Ephesians gives us both rest in a restless age.


Ephesians 5.1-10

Therefore, as beloved Children, be mimes of God.   Do what he does.  Be like he is.  And tromp about in Christ-like love.  Remember, Christ gave himself to God for us in a way that pleased God very much.  Jesus gave himself as a sacrifice and an offering.

What does this mean for you?  That these things must not even be heard about among you: sexual sin and any impurity or greed. None of these things are right for the people of God.   There is more.  There should be no indecent behavior, foolish talk, or dirty jokes.  These shoes do not fit the type of people you are supposed to be.  Flip it around to a greater degree and if you have anything to say, shower blessings with the things you say.

So, now that you know it, live it.  Sexual sinners, and people who do impure things, or people who are greedy, these people are ultimately idol worshippers.  They do not have a place in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

And do not let any one deceive you with trendy words about these matters. For the wrath of God will come upon disobedient sons and daughters.  Therefore, do not be bound with them.  For you were once in darkness but now you tromp about with light in the Lord as children of the light. For the fruit of the light is to discover what is pleasing to the Lord in all goodness and righteousness and truth.