Ephesians 5:18 ‘Do Not Get Drunk With Wine’ Explained
Is this a threat to those that drink? Why does it come up in Ephesians 5:18? Today we see this is really about a contrast between your OLD identity and your new one.
It’s not okay to be a drunkard or a stumbling block. But we need to understand the context and not redefine the writer’s intention.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
3 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
BUT WHY? BECAUSE WE THAT THOSE THINGS KEEP UNBELIEVERS FROM THE KINGDOM. WHY DO THE THINGS THAT ONCE KEPT US AWAY. THANKS BE TO JESUS.
5 For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them; 8 for you were formerly darkness,
NOTE: THIS WAS A FORMER SPIRITUAL LOCATION. BUT NOW….
but now you are Light in the Lord;
walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says,
A MESSAGE TO UNBELIEVERS DEAD IN ADAM.
And arise from the dead,
And Christ will shine on you.”
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise,16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
WINE BRINGS HAPPINESS, JOY, AND RELAXATION. SOME ABUSE IT TO ESCAPE PROBLEMS AND PAIN. BUT, INSTEAD, KNOW YOUR NEW IDENTITY AND INSTEAD OF BEING DRUNK WITH WINE, LET THE SPIRIT MEET YOUR NEEDS.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.