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Ephesians (W9D2) Not Even A Hint

Week 9. Tuesday: Not Even A Hint

PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.

READ: Ephesians 5:3-5

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.

UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words

  • Even a Hint (Greek: mēde onomazō): not even mentioned, named, or rumored

  • Paul is saying that this list of sins should not exist at all in the church.

  • This requires us to have the right boundaries in place to avoid these things.

  • Sexual Immorality (Greek: porneia): any sexual act outside of biblical marriage

  • Impurity (Greek: akatharsia): uncleanness, extravagantly reckless (Romans 6:19)

  • Greed (Greek: pleonexia): strong desire for more, discontent (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

  • Improper (Greek: prepō): not fitting, not becoming, destructive

  • Obscenity (Greek: aischrotēs): filthiness, causing a scene, being indecent, lewd

  • Foolish Talk (Greek: mōrologia): silly, empty, worthless, careless

  • Coarse Joking (Greek: eutrapelia): harsh, vulgar, crude, embarrassing

  • Out of Place (Greek: ou anēkō): unfitting, improper, out of character

  • Thanksgiving (Greek: eucharistia): gratitude, the opposite of greed (2 Cor. 9:11)

  • Idolater (Greek: eidōlolatrēs): worship of things, the cause of greed (1 Cor. 10:7)

APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?

Paul gives us a list of sins that should not be happening in the life of believers. We should have such strict boundaries or guardrails in our lives that these things should not even be rumored about believers. We should only be known for being like Christ.

Is there a hint of any of these things in your life?

What are the consequences of living in these sins according to verse five? PRAY: Ask God to help you rid yourself of things that are dishonoring to Him.

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