Bible Study Series: Ephesians - The Third Heaven Epistle
Ephesians 5:1-10 Bible Study - Lovely and not so lovely aromas!
by I Gordon
"If we are imitators of God, as dear children, they (unbelievers) will be compelled to recollect that there is a God, for they will see his character reflected in ours. I have heard of an atheist who said he could get over every argument except the example of his godly mother: he could never answer that."
- The burnt offering (Lev 1) - And offering for atonement representing the work of the Lord Jesus
- Bullock or ox - Shows Jesus as the Lord's perfect servant. He served both God and man in totally perfection. (Mark 10:45)
- Sheep/lamb or goat - Shows the extent of Jesus' desire to do God's will, willing even to take the sin of the world (John 1:29, Isa 53:7)
- Turtle-dove or Pidgeon - Associated with poverty (Lev 5:7) it pictures the Lord becoming poor for our sakes (2 Cor 8:9), laying aside his position with the Father and humbling Himself to become as we are (Phil 2:6-8). Incidentally this was the offering Joseph and Mary gave when presenting Jesus to God at the temple (Luke 2:22-24)
- The meal (grain) offering (Lev 2) - a bloodless offering representing the very character of the Lord Jesus
- Fine flour - Perfect humanity lived in complete righteousness
- Oil - The oil (picturing the Holy Spirit) was mixed with the flour (humanity of Christ) as it was for Jesus at the incarnation (Luke 1:35)
- Frankincense - The sweet smell of His character in which the Father was so pleased
- No leaven - Jesus had no sin, no hypocrisy, no deviation from the truth (Mark 8:15 , Luke 12:1, 1 Cor. 5:6-8, Gal.5:9)
- The peace offering (Lev 3,7) - represents the outcome of Jesus' life and death - peace between God and man.
- Also known as the 'fellowship offering' (Lev 3:1) because it celebrates peace between God and man. Jesus made peace (Col 1:20), proclaimed peace (Eph 2:17) and is our peace (Eph 2:14).
- Based on the offering of a herd animal without blemish (picturing Christ)
- Expressed through a thanksgiving, vow, or freewill offering - each expressing gratitude for God's blessing
- Was the only offering where the one offering it could feed upon it as did the Priests (Lev 7:15-16, 31-34) just as we have communion with our Lord.
- The sin offering (Lev 4) - For forgiveness of unintentional sins. Portrays Christ becoming sin for us in contrast to the sweet smelling offerings which focused on the perfection of His character and the result of His work.
- The entire bullock was burnt outside the camp just as Jesus died outside the camp (Heb 13:12)
- The trespass offering (Lev 5) - Focuses in the injury caused by sin.
- Deals with trespasses against God and man and the restitution that is required. Pictures the restoring work of Christ on the cross - Psa 69:4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head... What I did not steal, I then have to restore.
Php 4:18 I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
"It is interesting that he (Paul) puts at the top of an unloving thing, fornication. We see how Satan has so deceived and distorted things, because the world equates fornication with love. In fact, they use the term "let's make love" when they are referring to the act of fornication quite often, calling it love making. But here in the scripture it is the prime example of something that is lacking in love. That is, lacking in true love. A person who entices someone else into the act of fornication is not really considering the other person, but only considering themselves and their own desire for some kind of fulfillment, emotional, sexual or otherwise."
Pastor Chuck Smith
...Historians say there were scores of eunuchs; thousands of priestesses, prostitutes; unnumbered herald singers, flutists, dancers. The worship was a kind of hysteria: a debauchery, drunkenness, sexual deviation, frenzies of shameless mutilation. Heraclitus wrote that the morals of the temple were worse than the morals of animals. “The people – ” he said, “ – who engaged in that were fit only to be drowned.”2
- Fornication or immorality: (from the Greek 'porneia' - the English word pornography is related to this Greek word ). Used here as a general word to describe sexual sin such as sex outside of marriage.
- Uncleanness: General immoral behavior, often in a sexual sense and could include what people look at and think about, as well as actions.
- Filthiness / Coarse jesting: Dirty stories, inappropriate or suggestive sexual humor3
2Ti 2:16-22 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness, (17) and their talk will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, (18) men who have gone astray from the truth saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and they upset the faith of some. (19) Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, "The Lord knows those who are His," and, "Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness." (20) Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. (21) Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. (22) Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.
The Greek word used here in Eph 5:6 is 'orge' meaning 'anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath'. Let me give you a quick overview from the New Testament on this word.
- First mention - John the Baptist to the crowds - 'You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?' (Luke 3:7)6
- Is spoken of the current state of all who reject Christ - 'but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him' (John 3:36)
- Jesus saved us from the wrath - 'Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him!'
- It is Jesus' return for His bride that will save us from the future wrath to be poured out on this world - '...wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead--Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath' (1 Thes 1:10, 5:9)
- God will pour out His wrath at the end of the age (Rev 6:17) and Jesus 'treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty' (Rev 19:15) as His second coming.
- Those that are actively trying to suppress the truth of God (such as the evidence for God in creation) (Rom 1:18)
- Those that have turned to worshipping creation and nature instead of God (Rom 1:22-23, 25)
- Those that have gone into sexual sin including homosexuality (Rom 1:24, 26-27)
- Those that have a depraved mind filled with wickedness, strife, envy, deceit etc (Rom 1: 28-31)
- Those that give 'hearty approval' to those who practice what God hates (Rom 1:32)
- Comes only from Jesus who is the true light and gives light to all that desire Him (Joh 1:9)
- Is walking in truth, following Jesus and the direction of God's word (Joh 8:12)
- Is walking in honesty and openness before God and men, leading to fellowship & forgiveness (1Jn 1:7)
- Will result in good works evident for others to see (Mat 5:16)
There is a saying that you never ask a Texan if he is a Texan. If he is a Texan, he'll let you know it without your asking. If he is not a Texan, you wouldn't want to embarrass him! My friend, a Christian ought to walk in such a way that you know he is a child of God without asking him. We all need to look carefully how we walk.
J. Vernon McGee
Some additional relevant verses:
Heb 10:5-7 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me. (6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. (7) Then I said, 'Behold, I have come-- In the volume of the book it is written of Me-- To do Your will, O God.' " 
Rom 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
1Pe 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Heb 13:15-16 Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. (16) And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
"Really, he is referring here to dirty jokes. It should never, never be done by a child of God, the passing on of a dirty story, because what you are doing is planting filth in that other person's mind, filth that they will not be able to get rid of. It is tragic, but I can remember dirty jokes that were told me when I was just a little kid. That filth was planted into my mind and I cannot get rid of it. It still lingers there. Oh, I don't think on it all of the time, thank God, but you know how the dumb mind works. Every once in a while one of those dirty little ditties that I learned as a kid, some kind of a sight, sound, word will trigger a DNA molecule and it will pop that thing out of the file, flash it across my brain. And I think, "Oh God help me, that filth is still there."
Pastor Chuck Smith
The world has an international day of friendship. That should be celebrated one day a year. We also have the international day of families. One day for them. We have Fathers day to celebrate them and Mothers day (oh so sorry, that should be 'Birthing people' day right?) Then we have an entire month to promote and celebrate different sexual orientations. But apparently a month isn't long enough according to the Canadian government who have announced that it is 'Pride season' now from June to September. It shows you where the world's focus and priorities are!
"When Paul says that such persons have no inheritance in the kingdom, he means precisely that. People whose lives are characterized by these sins are lost, are in their sins, and are on the way to hell. They are not in the invisible kingdom at the present time; they will not be in the kingdom when Christ returns to reign; and they will be forever shut out from the everlasting kingdom in heaven. The apostle is not saying these are people who, though they are in the kingdom, will suffer loss at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The subject is salvation, not rewards. They may profess to be Christians, but they prove by their lives that they were never saved. They can be saved, of course, by repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus. But if they are genuinely converted, they will no longer practice these sins."
I have a feeling this comment about 'brood of vipers' must have been in John's early ministry before he read Dale Carnegie's book 'How to win friends and influence people.' Or maybe he never read it and just went with what the Lord wanted him to say? Hard to know : )↩