Commentary on Ephesians, 5:5-7 (1 of 2)

Ephesians 5:5

5 For this you know for sure, that no sexually immoral or unclean or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Teaching on sexual immorality has given me a new awareness of how serious this sin is for Christians. And it doesn’t get any easier with this verse. For those who may be struggling with sin, or may be struggling with the pain of past sin, I want to begin with a word about the grace of God in all this. Whatever sins we’ve committed in our past, whatever sins we may be involved with now, there is an infinite well of grace and forgiveness that we may draw from. We may at anytime be fully restored to a right relationship with God through the blood of Christ. We may, with sincerity and humility of heart, turn away from those sins in confession, and be wonderfully forgiven and purified in the sight of God:

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

15 For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Is. 57:15)

Let us claim these wonderful promises and move on in faithfulness, for the honor of Christ’s holy name.

“For this you know for sure”

Greek: you know, being aware of…absolute certainty.

“that no sexually immoral or unclean or covetous person, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

The terms sexually immoral, unclean or covetous person, are essentially the same words in the Greek that we find in verse 3. See my 2-part commentary on that verse.

“who is an idolater”

Here Paul refers to a covetous person as an idolater. Idolatry occurs when we value anything above God. Whatever we allow to take God’s place in our lives, is idolatry. A covetous or greedy person, seeks things that are contrary to the will of God. They give such importance to those things that they give their hearts and lives in pursuit of those things. It’s in those things that they find their fulfillment. These are the things that occupy most of their time and attention.

We as Christians are not to value the same sort of things that unbelievers value, nor are we to give our hearts to the pursuit of those things. Unbelievers value the things and sins of this world, such as: sex, wealth, material possessions, education, power, success, fitness, sports, hobbies, entertainment, philosophies of this world, and obviously – other religions. These are the gods of this world, and these are the things that unbelievers give their hearts to.

There is nothing wrong with many of those things within themselves, but they become idols in our lives when they become more important to us than the will of God and our relationship with Him. Jesus is our God. He is our King. We dwell in His Kingdom. We are His servants. He is to be valued above all else, for He is above all else. His will is to be obeyed without question or hesitation or competition. There is to be nothing in this world that competes with the affections of our heart for the Lord.

“has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God”

This will be such a lengthy discussion, so I’ll save it for my next post.