Eph 5:1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
5:1-2 We’re told to imitate God the same way that children imitate their parents. This verse comes immediately after 4:32 where Paul says to forgive one another the same way that Christ forgave us. Therefore, the clearest way of imitating
God is to forgive others when they wrong us the same way that God forgives us when we wrong Him.
5:3-7 Paul says that there shouldn’t even be a hint of sexual immorality among us and that we shouldn’t be making crude jokes. Which means things like racial slurs and “that’s what she said”’s shouldn’t be a part of a Christian’s vocabulary because they’re foolish and crude and don’t build anyone up, which was the point of the previous chapter.
5:8-14 When someone is in a romantic relationship with another person, they want to do everything to please that person. So they’ll find out what food they like, what clothes they like, what movies they like etc. so that they can please them. In the same way, when we’re in a relationship with Christ, we should find
out what He likes. Fortunately for us, He tells us in His Word—all we have to do is look hard enough. Some examples of what pleases God are verses like Isaiah 58:6, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” and 1 Thessalonians 4:3, “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.”.
5:15-16 People will frequently complain that they don’t have enough time to do this or that. However, every person is given the same 24 hours every day. The difference is in how we choose to use those hours. Paul is warning us to not
waste our time doing things that are unproductive or that are flat-out sinful. Instead, we should be looking for opportunities to do what God wants us to do
5:18-21 Ephesus was the center of worship for Dionysus, the god of wine. Worship rituals focused on fertility, sex and intoxication. When someone was drunk, it allowed Dionysus to take full control of that person’s body and make them do his will. Paul is emphasizing that instead of being filled with wine in
order to do the bidding of a false god, we should be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to do the will of God. The will of God, as Paul says in these verses is for us to thank Him for everything and to submit to one another.