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Eph-80-81 - Lesson 32 Pt-2- Ephesians 5: 1-8

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Publication Date: 05-13-1981

On Ephesians 4:25 where I want to begin tonight, or where we will begin tonight , the first part of what the Research Team gave me is the work that Walter Cummins published in our wonderful Way Magazine on "The Spoken Word." Also, as we cover Ephesians 4:28 tonight, I had all the information in front of me from another article that Walter Cummins has in the... has had in the Magazine. The first article on Ephesians 4:25 is entitled "The Spoken Word." The one on Ephesians 4:28 is "Workers for God." Both of these pieces of work by Walter are absolutely superb. And I believe that they should appear and will appear in our research journal GMIR whenever we begin publishing that. {GMIR Aramaic word meaning ' to perfect, accomplish , mature, complete, arithmetically to be divisible without any remainder.}

And I noticed again that some of the things that were stated are just so beautifully and logically presented, I'm truly thankful for, not only Walter, but the whole Research Department. I think our Biblical Research Department is just second to none. And it' s even going to be better by God' s mercy and grace next year and in years to come than it is at this time. And right now I do not believe that our Biblical Research Department needs to take a back seat for any academic institution or work in the world.

And I thought today, I have never... I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity than to be my assistant. I know Vince Finnegan, you know, on the books is my assistant. And that' s great. But I've never thought of Walter Cummins in any other capacity for so many years as always being my assistant. And I think he' s just the most wonderful person that any president could have as his assistant. And also to be chairmen of the Department of Greek, and then the coordinator of the Biblical research of The Way International. For any one man to have that position and that responsibility is an awesome reality and I'm real proud of Walter and real thankful for him. But I am also thankful for the rest of our wonderful men and women in the Research Department.

I would like for the Corps all over the country to go to the Magazine and find "The Spoken_Word," that's the title of it, dealing with Ephesians 4:25 and other scriptures, and before the next Corps meeting next week, you endeavor to master that great piece of work by Walter Cummins. It's just, you know, the spoken Word. Over fifty Greek words are used in the New Testament in connection with the faculties of utterance. Over fifty. And then he takes the most important ones and he lists them and it' s just. .. it' s just a piece of research work that you should really as a Corps master in your heart and in your life.

Ephesians 4:25 in the King James reads, Wherefore put away lyin g, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.

The ' putting away' was interesting to me again because of the Greek word aniko, a-n-i-k-o.

And this word is ' the putting away,' this word ' put away,' aniko, is the same root word as in 4:22, where we use the word ' rest,' meaning ' to rest.' Is that right? Yep, that is right. I taught you that,

didn't I? Did I or didn't I? Doesn't look right to me. It is the same root. What chapter am I missing? Am I missing anything? I don't know. Right now I'm screwed up, ha ha. First time today. You check the word again and I'll do that, too and see what I'm missing here.

But a-n-i-k-o is the word for ' putting away from you. ' To put away. And it' s the same root as the word ' rest.' I don't know where the word appears, but it's got to be in there.

Now, that word ' speak,' every man speak. That word ' speak ' is from the Greek word

laleo, l-a-l-e-long-o. And that' s where Walter' s article on "The Spoken Word"_c omes in because that is.. .he uses that word laleo in here, which I teach in Corinthians when I teach the Foundational Class. And he says the word is employed 24 times in I Corinthians chapter 14. I had forgotten that.

This word is truly significant. I couldn' t quite understand it Research Department, what  you said on page 26B 16, where you defined it ' to make vocal utterance,' ' to babble,' 'to talk,'  'to  exercise the faculty of speech without reference to the words spoken.' I just wondered if there might not be another word that could be substituted or utilized at this point. I know that Zachariah 8:16 is the quotation that is used here, or spoken of. And that Zachariah 8:16 adds force to what is said by using a quote, a quotation. That' s why my question to the Research Department is, How can it be without reference to what is spoken if it is truth plus the quotation of the Word of God that's given. It doesn't quite fit for me.

'With his neighbor' has to be a believing neighbor. This 'speak truth with his neighbor' is a figure of speech gnome, g-n-o-m-e, which simply is a citation. And that' s a citation from Zachariah 8:16.

There are a series of figures of speech, Corps, in chapter four which just put the 00mph, the highlight, to the particular things that are set whereby you put off the old man. This phrase here 'speak every man truth with his neighbor'  is one of them. The other one appears in verse 26, 'be  angry and sin not.' ' Steal no more' is another one. 'Corrupt communication' is the fourth one.  'Grieve not the  holy spirit' is the fifth one. ' All bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking' is  the sixth. And  then  ' be kind' and so forth, is the seventh.

You see, the last phrase in that verse, in King James, For we' re members one of what? [Another] And it' s relative to the neighbor. Now you just look at that. Wherefore put away  lying, speak  every  man truth with his what? [Neighbor] For we are members  one of  another.  That  doesn't  mean just  a neighbor who lives next door, but it has to be a believing neighbor because  we are members  one of what? [Another]. You could not be a member ' one of another' ifhe  was an  unbeliever.  That's how I know this is going to  work. This tells me that the neighbor  is  a  believer.  And  this  ' we' re members one of another' continues the imagery of the Body of Christ.

The literal  according  to  usage of this verse is as follows:   Wherefore  put away the  lie... and I believe in my heart, before I go on with the literal that until man is born again, it's all a lie anyways. And that' s why I believe that this translation will fit in the light of that knowledge. Because when  a man is not born again, his whole  life is just a  lie. Now you're  born again,  and that ' s  why  I think the text states it ' wherefore put away the lie,' the life you' ve been living , the screwed up life you have lived outside of God. It' s been just a life of a lie. It' s not truth. It' s just the opposite of truth and that's my reason for translating it this way... Wherefore put away the lie.

You've got to go with that translation. You have no other text to go by both from Aramaic and Greek it's 'lie.' Not 'lying.' If the Research Department has anything to share in the light of that, I'd be blessed to hear, but you' ve heard my reasons for translating it, Research Department, this way.

Now since they're born again, their whole life is changed, so the life of lying, and living a lie, and being a lie, and being false, is to be put away.

And every man... this is the translation ... and everyone, everyone. The word ' man' you could use because it's an inclusive noun, but I prefer to use the word ' one.'

Wherefore put away the lie and everyone speak the truth with his neighbor for we are members one of another. That is literal according to usage.

Now for the expanded according to understanding. It's not bad. Because of this... What we coughing for? Everybody sick?...Because of this... and the reason I went in the expanded along this line is because verse 24 last week told us that we are created by God in righteousness and in true purity, through holiness. Twenty four.

That's why 25, Wherefore ... 'wherefore' can be translated 'because of this.' Because of this what? Being created in righteousness and truly pure. See it's an inside job.

Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure by the grace and the love of

God.. .Because of this being created in righteousness and truly pure, you put away, completely lay to rest the lie that you have been and were living and each one of you speak the truth using a quotation from the Word with his believing neighbor for we are members one of another in the Body of the Church.

Robinson {Edward} said, he translated, 'speak every man truth with his neighbor' and he said it's from Zachariah 8:16 which adds force to what is said by using a quote. That's why I translated that. I think that' s great. It adds force to what is said. If you're speaking to someone, it adds force to what you say by using a quote, a quotation from God's Word. In other words, ' you share the Word with them.' That' s why I went with that translation. I want to give it to you again in this sense.

Speak the truth using a quotation from the Word, which means 'share the Word.' Quote the Word to them. Tell them what the Word says, with his believing neighbor. Why? For we are members one of another in the Body of the Church. This verse is just mind blowing.

Here, you have a born-again believer neighbor who needs to grow up a little more. So what do you do? Each one speak the truth to that neighbor, that believer, using the Word, quoting the Word because we' re members one of another in the Body of the Church. It's a real positive thing to do.

Verse 26 in King James reads, Be angry.. .ha ha... we like that one, don't we. Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.

Here is a verse of Scripture that' s very, very difficult for most people. And it' s not too easy for us either. But I think we are able to share the truth of the greatness of this and it's been burning in my heart for a long time to do this with our people.

Everybody has problems with ' how can you be angry and not sin?' You know, how can raise hell with something and not be sinful in doing it? Teed off and not be sinful. And how can you go... and what does it mean 'don't let the sun go down upon your wrath?' See.

In the context, here, verses 26 and 27 deal with your believing neighbor, specifically. Then the Greek word for ' anger' which is from the root orge, o-r-g-long-e means 'anger together with the desire of revenge .' That' s bad. That' s a heavy. The Hebrew word means ' to kill, and all the tumults of passion that terminate in killing.' So it's a real heavy word when it said ' be angry.'

And the way I believe it's used in God' s Word, ' be ye angry' means ' it's a long time anger with your believing neighbor until a change has ensued.' The desire to... of revenge is a change. And I, knowing the Word in the light of the new birth, it's where a change finally comes about. Until that time, you just, long-term, you just stay put witnessing the Word, sharing the Word. You do not dislike the believing neighbor; you simply dislike that he is not fully accepting the Word and walking on it. So it' s a long-term anger until a change has ensued. You just stay faithful.

I don't know what else to do with those words. It is a righteous anger. Yet it is a righteous anger without sin.

Among the scholars, there is a disagreement on these words. Well, I don't know about my being a scholar; that I don' t anything about being about. But it's simple to me because righteous anger is commanded by God's Word when it says ' be ye angry.' Well, the scholars can fight about it. I don' t care. It' s a command. Not just permitted to get teed once in a while when somebody' s off of God' s Word, a believer is off of God's Word. You' re always teed off righteously at any believer, born-again believer, who is off of God' s Word. And for those of us in the Way Ministry, it' s been a lifetime.

Get into it with them on... Oh what subject do you want to talk about? Baptism? Food? One God? See. All that stuff.

The Aramaic is accurate in the words ' and sin not.' It literally translates ' and you will not sin.' Again, this ' be angry and sin not' is that figure gnome. Quotation. A citation from the Old Testament. It' s from Psalm 4:4. But in King James, Psalm 4:4, it's translated 'stand in awe.' The real sense of the Hebrew is ' one of admonition;' sin not. Where we' re admonished to not sin. Sin not.

' Let not the sun go down on your wrath. ' Ha ha. That again is beautiful. People went to bed when the sun went down, when it got dark. That's when they went to bed. So what that simply is saying, ha ha, ' don't go to bed teed off.' Don' t let the sun go down on your wrath. In other words, go to bed; don' t go to bed mad. ' When you go to bed' is what it means. Let not the sun go down when you go to bed. And they went to bed when the sun went down. When it got dark, they went to bed, see.

' Upon your wrath.' And the word ' wrath' here is basically ' irritation.' Ha ha. Previously when I taught Ephesians, I made mention of this fact, ' don' t let righteous anger shake you, wondering if it was right on. When you go to bed, go to sleep.'

Now, this is what we have done with it in the literal, ha ha, according to usage. I got more papers up here than Carter has liver pills, or something. Then, I can' t find my... whatever it is I take off of it.

Okay, verse 26. You be righteously angry.. .this is literal according to usage.. .and you will not be sinning. Don't go to bed even with a momentary irritation, ha ha.

I don't think you get nearly as much fun out of this as I do. It's neat. It's absolutely scrumptious, see. At the opening, is that heavy word, remember? Anger. So it's a real heavy time. So what he is saying, in the heavy time, when your standing on God' s Word  and sharing that with the  believing  neighbor, you' re righteously angry... you're not sinning. And  you don't  even go to  bed with a momentary irritation. In other Words, when you go to bed, thank God the day is over. Say your last prayer and start snoring.

Boy, that would save a lot of sleeping pills, wouldn' t it? Practicing that principle. Boy, oh boy, what a tremendous Word. And hardly anybody understands verse 26. They argue about it, but they don' t get the understanding.

Now this is the expanded one according to understanding, I hope. And again, I would like to just lay some things before the Corps, and especially before the Research Department. I translated the first part of verse 26, You always stay angry with an all-out desire to have them to change which anger will not be sin on your part.

Then I have another translation of that first part of it: You be righteously angry, 'teed off' with sin... 'Teed off' I put in quotes. But don't  you sin  by acting  ' holier than thou'  vaunting  yourself  by acting so righteously like you never sin.

I do not know which one of those two the Research Department feels would be the better. The last part of the phrase that I translated which would go with both of these that I have given you here on the expanded one for understanding. This, the last part, goes with that first one and with the second ... also.. .even if it is only a momentary irritation.  When you go to  bed, go to sleep. That's what I did with it.

Now, verse 27. King James says, Neither (or neither) give place to the Devil. The word 'place' is simply a portion, a part. No believer will give full place to the Devil, but he may be giving a part, a portion. He' ll mark off a spot, ' this is Devil' s permission over here, over here, no permission, you know. And you really give the Devil a portion or a spot if you stew about it after you go to bed and you toss and you tum and can' t sleep.

This word 'the Devil,' ' the Devil' in the Aramaic is a very interesting and exciting Word to me and it blesses my heart. It' s a compound word where the first part means ' to eat' or ' to devour.' The latter

' to slander' or ' to accuse. '  So when I got to translating  this, literally according  to usage, verse 27 reads: Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil. So I used those three words synonymously: portion, space, opportunity. Do not give any portion or space or an opportunity to the Devil.

The expanded according to understanding: And you will not give a toehold, an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. Ha ha. I get more fun than you ever will out of working this stuff, huh.

You see, and to me, that communicates to my understanding. John 10:10. The thief cometh not but for to what? [Steal, kill, and destroy] Right. To eat you out. To beat you. And that's why that Aramaic word, on the word ' Devil' really thrilled me.

And that ' s why I put it into the expanded translation: And you will not give a ' toehold.' Now, at L.E.A.D., you know how important it is to get a what? [Toehold] Ha ha. And when you' re really climbing in, you' re blessed for a toehold. How thankful you are when you get a foothold. Now the adversary can never get a foothold in a believer' s life until he first has a toehold. That's why I translated it that way.

Do not give... and you will not give a toehold ... shave all the rocks off... an opportunity or an occasion for the Devil to eat you. And that' s exactly what he likes to do to believers.

Now we go to verse 28. King James says, Let him that stole steal not more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. And here again, is another great work that I believe should be in our research journal GMIR, Walter' s work on " Workers for God."

It' s just tremendous where he... you know... he just goes into God' s men are called many things in the Word. They' re called: fellow workers, ministers, or servants, slaves, fellow slaves, partners, messengers, soldiers, fellow soldiers, athletes, fellow athletes, stewards, ambassadors, witnesses, all of those. And he covers them so beautifully. And I love very much how he covered the word ' slave,' because it' s a much stronger word than to be a minister, or to be a servant. It is to be one who is branded, marked out, sold out. And baby, from that day on, there are no ifs, and' s, or but' s. You never budge on it. You are branded. Most believers are never branded. They may be servants, they may be ministers, but they are not branded. When you' re branded, you stay faithful. You do not budge. You do not change. You stay put. If all hell breaks loose, you still live the believing Word.

I think the prophet once said, If I was in the midst of hell, God I know you' d be there. (Psalm 139:8) He' d be there. That' s the doulos. That, of course, is just a tremendous piece of work.

And the other great part that I think... and this is a second piece that I want the Corps to master before next Wednesday night, " Workers for God," the work on ' witness.' You see, it's the same word basically that's translated ' martyr,' see. And we got a lot of those canonized. That's not at all what a witness is. A witness is a living example, not a dead one. The word 'martyr' simply means that you lay down your life in witnessing. And boy, when you put the doulos together with ' witness,' then you' ve got power for abundant living. It's just a fantastic work by Walter and I' m real grateful that it was published. Because once it' s in print, people can take a look at it if they want to.

I'd like a cup of coffee, please.

Now, we are in verse 28. The Aramaic translation is ' and he who was stealing.' I understand it from the English, ' let him that stole,' past tense. The Aramaic is real simple, real strong. ' And he, the one who is born again, who was, past tense, stealing.'

Thank you.

His whole life was one of those before he was born again.

Whenever you bring a cup of coffee to a right-hand man, you put the handle to the right. When you serve a cup of coffee to a left-hand man, you put it on the left-hand side and put the handle to the left. Corps principle number seven or something, ha ha. Mrs. Wierwille would say, Well, be thankful you even get a cup of coffee. [Laughter] Ah, you're wonderful.

See, ' let him who stole, steal no more.' 'Stole and steal,' that' s a figure of speech and is polyptoton p-o-l-y-p-t-o-t-o-n. It' s a repetition of the same root word in different parts of speech or reflections. But, that's not earth shaking right now in my heart.

You see, in some Eastern culture, it was not considered a sin or a shame to steal because that's the way they lived, the only way they lived. Somebody told me... or not only told me, one of our people, but it was in a national magazine, that the basic culture of Russia today is to steal. And in some respects I can understand this. If you don't have anything and you're starving to death and there' s a loaf of bread you can get a hold of... steal the dam thing. I understand that.

So this verse is really sharp, really sharp. Let him who stole, even though that man previously considered it the way to live and there was no shame in it, no sin in it. He said, Well, let that fellow who stole, steal no more. Something has happened on the inside of that man. Something that happened, where He is able to meet all of our need according to His riches in glory. Christ in you, the hope of glory. More than conquerors.

A record in the Old Testament, I forget where it is, but it's in there, that it' s never, you never need to borrow or steal bread or... what is that in the Old Testament? Begging bread. One person stand and tell me. {Psalm 37:25, I have been young and now am old; yet have I seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread.} Psalm 27:25 who? {Psalm 37:25} 37:25. All the years, he's never seen the righteous to have to do what? {Beg bread} Beg bread.

First of all, I wish the Christian world could hear this. Secondly, I wish our government in the United States could understand it. The Word says, If you don't work, you don' t eat. A lot of that stuff. Well, what we've been doing is stealing from the people who are willing to work to give to the people who don' t want to work. That's a bunch of crap. That's stealing. That's why this verse is so hot in my soul tonight. Let him who stole, quit stealing, dang it. See.

Many years ago I was really knocked for a loop along some of this line in India, from Dr. Williams. I think he loved India maybe like I love the United States, I don' t know. Because only a man knows how much he loves his own country, I guess.

But... as we were traveling together, he said to me, Dr. Wierwille, I hear you have whores in the United States.

You know, I never had given it a thought. I just took it for granted. [Laughter] And I said, yeah. He said, Why does a rich country like the United States have whores?

And I said, I don't know.

And he said, I can't understand it. Cannot your women make enough money to live? Yeah, but they figure that' s cheaper and more pleasurable or something, I don' t know. And he said, Well, I think it's sinful that the United States has whores.

And I said, What do you mean?

And he said to me, why, I can understand India. He said we don' t enough food, we don' t have enough of anything hardly for a lot of people. And we have whores because that' s the only way they can continue to live physically.

And I thought to myself, well boy, that' s slapping me in the face good. And I took it as a wonderful lesson. There is no excuse in the United States for any women being a whore because she doesn' t need to get screwed and paid for it in order to get money so she can live. There's plenty of work available and if there isn' t she ought to get born again, then there' s a guarantee of work. ..other work, available. I tell you, when you' re honest, some of these men in other countries have some real logic behind their thinking. How would you have liked to have handled that? I just simply admitted, Well, I think we' re wrong in the United States. But I said, I think you' re wrong in India, too, because no reason to have whores here if you get them born again.

So I don' t know. But this verse today as I worked the final working on this verse 28 is when my heart really went back and burned with that truth that Dr. Williams had stated. Because in many Eastern cultures, it was not considered as sin or as shame to steal, if it was a matter of livelihood. You sometimes wonder who will live in the greatest condemnation before God and justice and judgment when the time comes.

For in most of what are called poor countries even, there is sufficient money, food, and other things for the people to live if those in positions of authority were not so selfish and egotistical, and want it for themselves , and let the rest of the world die... or a country die.

The word ' labor' in verse 28 is the word which literally means ' hard work resulting in fatigue.' That's how I felt coming from the woods last night. And I didn' t do anything. It was just hard work being there with the rest of you. Today I got so tired of being with some, I came home. Ah, you' re wonderful.

' Working with his hands' is an Eastern cultural type of thing. Today in our culture, you could have it, you know, the truth is working with your mind or working with your hand, whatever you' re working at. But in Eastern culture, every son was to be trained to work with his hands, even if he was the son of a king. Had to learn a trade, a profession of business.

Jesus Christ was a saddle maker. He made them to ride, I guess, what do you want? Tennessee Walkers , or? See. I think not only did he do that, Paul did it, too, you know. Someday I'm going to find a...or Walter, or some of those, are going to find me a manuscript to prove it. .. and a wonderful carpenter by trade. Many times doing carpentry work and being a saddle maker were sort of in the same household, because building carpentry and having saddles to use for their business and carrying on, were very, very closely aligned. Well, I won' t argue the point, but I wish we' d keep looking.

II Thessalonians.. .Do your hands ever get so dry you can hardly hold anything? Golly, mine are so dry tonight, I wonder why? II Thessalonians, chapter 3:10... this we commanded you that if any would not work, neither should he what? [Eat] Right. Even unemployment is no excuse for stealing. He just doesn' t eat. Goes and gets work. Boy, when I first saw the greatness of these principles many years ago, and then of course, I uniquely by God' s grace, inculcated that into our W.O.W. program and very dynamically in the Corps leadership.

Verse four in King James reads, Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

The word ' filthiness' in the Aramaic is ' swearing's' or ' profanity' or ' cursing.' Thou shalt not use the name of the Lord thy God in what? [Vain] That is what this is talking about. And any time you have idolatry , those men are going to use the name of God in vain. That' s profanity. Neither filthiness which is profanity, using the name of God in vain, nor foolishness in King James.

You see these ' nors,' these ' neither, nor, nors' that are in here is the figure of speech spelled

p-a-r-a-d-i-a-s-t-o-l-e. {paradiastole}. This repetition separates out certain actions that are not even to be named among saints. Filthiness, foolishness, talking, jestings, these are not even to be named among saints.

This ' foolish talking,' ' words that are senseless or ofr eproach' is the Aramaic.

The word ' reproach' according to the Funk and Wagnall Standard Collegiate Dictionary 1974 says, 'to charge with or blame for something wrong. ' So these words mean, ' you do not use the name of God in vain nor words that blame Him for something wrong, for evil.' Blame God for evil.

Man, I thought it today, the contracts that are written. Acts of God. Ha ha, you know, storm, fires, acts of God. This verse says, this verse says, Never any words that blame Him, God, for evil. That' s the Word 'foolish talking.' That' s ' foolish talking.'

Now the word ' jesting.' Jesting is ' making fun of.' The dictionary again, the same one, has this to say about the word ' jesting.' ' Something said or done to provoke laughter.' And I wrote ' saying or doing anything to provoke laughter.' You do not say or do anything, making Him, making God a laughing stock..

'Which is not convenient ' meaning, ' these which are not necessary,' ' not becoming.' They are ' discreditable ,' ' unbefitting,' dealing with the one true God and idolatry in relationship to it.

The literal according to usage of verse four is: For this, no profanity, nor profanity. Nor profanity, verse four. You see I closed verse three literal, ' becoming to saints,' remember? Not be named among you as becoming to saints. Nor is it becoming to have what? Profanity. Nor profanity. Nor senseless talk. Nor nonsensical fun. Which is unnecessary. But instead , thanksgiving.

Now the expanded one: Nor use the name of God in vain. Nor words that blame Him for evil. Nor say or do something making Him a laughing stock (nor make fun of Him)...A lot of people today sure make fun of Him... which is totally unnecessary and discrediting, but rather this, thanksgiving. Rather than using the name of God in vain, words that blame Him for evil, say or do something that makes God a laughing stock or make fun of God, but rather this, thanksgiving. That' s the great fourth verse.

Verse five. In King James it reads, For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

You and I know from God' s Word that when we are born again of God' s spirit, we have eternal life. And we will be in the gathering together. So this verse could not deal with losing eternal life and it doesn' t. It is still dealing with spiritual fornication all the way through here.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger. A ' whoremonger' ... this word in the Aramaic is translated

' fornicator.' Same as three, 5:3, fornication. It' s a fornicator, an impure person, a whoremonger. One who worships idols. I had these written out today, but now I haven't got it right here, but you see in verse three, it's 'fornication.' In verse five, ' whoremonger' is basically the same word. ' Uncleanness' in verse three is ' nor unclean' in verse five. See it? Unclean person.

' Covetousness ' in verse three is ' nor covetous man' in verse five. The whole context of Ephesians 5:1 and following is ' the one true God and then men serving other gods,' which is not right on for the believer. The believer is not to have any other god, but the one true God.

See the word ' covetousness' also means ' to defraud.' Ifl ' m a son of God born again of God' s spirit and I serve another god, Jesus Christ as God, that' s defrauding the true God. That' s covetous. Having more than needed.

That person, unclean person, nor covetous person who is an idolater .. .there it tells you again. One who serves what? Idols. That person hath no inheritance.

The ' kingdom of Christ and of God.' The words ' of Christ and,' those three words ' of Christ and' are to be scratched. The reason for it is they are omitted in some of the manuscripts as well as by the Church historian, Tertullian. Christ has no kingdom. This is the Kingdom of God here, which is overall.

Now look at the great truth of this verse. The literal according to usage is: For this you know that no idol worshipper, nor unclean in religious thought, nor defrauder who is an idolater has any inheritance in the Kingdom of God.

I'd like to give you the expanded of this verse five. And I'd like a cup of coffee, please.

For this you know, that every man who worships idols... that' s the word ' whoremonger' .. .for this you know that every man who worships idols... that's more than one God, to worships idols, more than one God... is impure ... and this word ' impure' is the one that' s translated ' unclean' in verse five, in King James.. .is impure having more gods than he should have is the word ' covetousness' ...and this one who is worshipping more than one God... that is the word ' idolater' in King James of verse five... worshipping more than one God ... there is not for him any rewards in God' s future Kingdom.

Corps, that' s unbelievable. Eternal life, yes. Eternal life is of grace, not of works. But all the rewards throughout all eternity are works, not grace. We are rewarded for our faithfulness rightly-dividing the Word. Our works we are rewarded for. These are the things Walter talks...and taught, and worked so beautifully on the crowns, Remember ?

Look at what this verse says. For this you know that every man who worships idols... more than one God... And ladies and gentlemen, if Jesus Christ is God then you've got two Gods. So everybody who believes that Jesus Christ is God fits into this verse five. They will be saved because of what? [Grace] Eternal life, grace. But they are not going to have one reward. Look at it. I didn't write the book, but I worked it. For this you know that every man who worships idols is impure having more gods than he should have and this one who is worshipping more than one god, there is not for him any rewards in God' s future Kingdom. They'll lose it all.

This whole section deals with the one true God and worshipping more. And it's the apex, it's the pinnacle of all revelation and it' s in Ephesians. It started in Genesis 1:1. Exodus and the Ten Commandments. Over and over, one God. And whenever people have more than one God, they lost it. Babylonian captivity. In the age of the Church of Grace in which you and I live, they cannot lose eternal life, but they are never rewarded for anything else. They ain't got it, if they worship any more than one true God. And to say Jesus Christ is God doesn't change it. Because Jesus Christ is not God. He's the Son of God. And for all people who believe that Jesus Christ is God, they will not, according to the revelation of God' s Word in Ephesians, have any rewards in God' s Kingdom, future.

That's it.

Let's take a look at verse six. Verse six in the King James reads, Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

'Let no man' in the Aramaic reads ' Lest man,' ' lest someone,' ' lest some man,' ' lest man,' deceive you. Those words in the Greek are simply 'seduce into terror,' 'seduce you.' And seduction always works with idolatry, whoredoms, seduction. Seduce you with vain words. Vain words are words that are devoid of truth. The vain words would be ' Jesus Christ is God.' That would be vain words.

Devoid of what? [Truth] That' s vain words.

Again that dictionary I mentioned earlier has this wonderful definition, ' undue admiration' of vain words. Undue admiration. That second god gets what? Undue admiration. It' s not due him. Another word in the dictionary was ' irreverent.' We reverence and serve one God. To have a second one is vain words, irreverence. It's amazing how Funk and Wagnall ' s and even Webster would corroborate what I'm teaching to you tonight. All you have to do is look it up. Check your Greek and your Aramaic and have an in-depth spiritual perception and awareness, rightly-dividing the Word and then you' ll see that all of this deals with the one true God. And that all the rest is uncleanness, covetousness, idolatry, vainness, reproach, everything.

'For because of these things' in the King James. The Aramaic is ' becauseof these.' Because of these what? Because of these other gods. Things, things, okay... what' s ' things' ? Apple butter? Horseshoe nails? Well, they' re things. Context, context. Because of these what? Other gods. Cometh, cometh. The Aramaic is much stronger. It says, ' Indeed comes.' Verse six. Indeed comes the wrath of God down upon the sons of disobedience . Now that's interesting. For the sons of disobedience are children born of the wrong seed. Children of the Devil. Ephesians 2:2.

The emphasis here is on the innate quality. The innate quality concerning these sons. It's the innate quality. Sons of disobedience. It's the figure antimereia, a-n-t-i-m-e-r-e-i-a, exchange of parts of speech. The adjective ' disobedient ' is more commonly found in the New Testament, but here it' s the noun in a genitive construction of disobedience. Of disobedience. That emphasizes the innate quality concerning these sons. ' These' are ' those' who are born of the seed of the Adversary, the seed of the Devil.

The literal according to usage of verse six is: Lest man (born of the Devil) will terrify you by words devoid of truth... will terrify you by words devoid of truth because of these men indeed... because of these men indeed ... comes the wrath of God down upon the sons of disobedience.

Now the expanded one will explain it even more fully to your understanding, I'm sure: Allow no one to seduce or terrify you with words of undue admiration or irreverence because of these men indeed comes down the wrath of God upon the sons of the Devil.

Allow no one to seduce or terrify you with words of undue admiration ... You got to worship the Lord Jesus Christ, He' s God, you got to worship him. In the morning, you pray to Jesus Christ as God and in the evening, you pray to God as God, and following morning to the holy spirit as God...undue admiration, irreverence. Allow no one to seduce or terrify you with words of undue admiration or irreverence.

I thought again today, where people have said to me that I did not believe that Jesus Christ was God, I could not be saved, I was going to hell. They wanted to seduce or terrify what? Me. Nuts to them. The Word of God says, You don't allow these men who worship other gods, who have more than one God to seduce or terrify you with words of undue admiration or irreverence . Those words are devoid of truth, remember? Because of these men, they have more than one God. Because of these men, indeed comes down the wrath of God. The wrath of God on the sons of the Devil. Not on us. But we don' t let them twist our head. That' s what Ephesians is saying. There' s only one God. And you don' t allow, if you ' re born again you ' re a saint. It's not becoming of saints, remember? That they have more than one God. All of that.

I think I must finish verse seven and eight. Verse seven in King James reads: Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

The ' be not' according to Vincent in his work, he says, he is telling them ' not to lapse into old vices.' Well, before they were born again, they had how many gods? Any number. Now since they're born again, the ' be not' is ' don' t lapse back into serving more than one god.'

The word ' partakers' is ' joint heirs,' 'joint partakers.' Don't partake jointly with them serving any more than one true God.

That's why the literal according to usage is of verse seven: Be not you therefore joint partakers with these.

Expanded: Become not you therefore joint partakers with them (sons of the wrong seed). The 'sons of the wrong seed' are always handing out other gods. Serve other gods. And he is saying here in verse seven, ' you don' t become a joint partaker with them.' Them who? Sons of the wrong seed.

They're always promoting other gods. You do not become a joint partaker with them.

And verse eight in King James reads: For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of what? [Light] Light. Children of light. We' re still dealing with whom? God. And, the true God and then after you have Him in your life and Jesus Christ in you the hope of glory, then other people will always try to get you to have more than one god. He is expounding all the greatness of one God in chapter five.

The word ' sometimes ' is ' formerly.' ' Darkness' is ' spiritual darkness.'

This ' ye were darkness' is a metaphor, where a main or a literal idea is represented by an imported image or object, with the two words being connected by a form of the verb ' to be.' Ye were darkness. The believers in the time before they believed are compared to darkness which emphasizes the nature of that time.

' But now are ye light.' The believers are light. They are not a lamp. The Word is a lamp, that could be; but the believer is not a lamp. The Word is light. We are not simply ' enlightened,' but the believers themselves are the light. Jesus said, He who has seen me, has seen what? [The Father] God in Christ in you. When you walk in the light as he is the light, whom do they see? God. You' re not a lamp. You're a light. That' s the greatness also of part of this verse.

The believers ' ye.' That's the main idea. The imported image is light. That's why it's the figure of speech, metaphor, which puts the oomph into it here.

' Therefore you walk in like manner.' That's the word ' walk,' as sons of light.

'Children of light' is the figure, it' s the idiom, i-d-i-o-m-a is the Greek. ' Children of' expresses the relationship and qualities, ' light' meaning ' God.'

The literal according to usage of this great verse eight is: For you were formerly in spiritual darkness, but now light in the Lord; walk as children of light.

The expanded one: For you were formerly in spiritual darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Therefore walk in like manner as he who is the light walked and as children of light, God.

You were formerly in spiritual darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Therefore walk in like manner as he who is the light walked and as children of light, God. God is light.

Now just sit back and let me read to you these first eight verse as a unit.

Become therefore imitators of God, like as beloved sons. And conduct your life in love, yes, even as Christ also loved you and surrendered himself for you a sacrificial offering to God for a sweet­ smelling fragrance, but idolatry, even all impurity , having more gods than needed. Surely, let not even one other name, even be named among you, as that is totally not for saints.

Nor use the name of God in vain, nor words that blame Him for evil, nor say or do something making Him a laughing stock, making fun of Him, which is totally unnecessary and discrediting, but rather this, thanksgiving. For this you know that every man who worships idols, more than one God, is impure, having more gods than he should have. And this one who is worshipping more than one God, there is not for him any rewards in God' s future kingdom.

Allow no one to seduce or terrify you with words of undue admiration or irreverence, devoid of truth, because of these men who have more than one God. Indeed, comes down the wrath of God upon the sons of the Devil.

Become not you therefore join partakers with these sons of the wrong seed. For you were formerly in spiritual darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Therefore, walk in like manner as he who is the light walked and as children of the light, God.

Those are the first eight verses.

Now, next week Rev. Cummins will be teaching the Corps from this platform. But I would like to say that all the rest of the verses, up through verse twenty, still deal with the same subject. For beginning with verse nine: The fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. Not more than one God, I guarantee you. So the proving is, proving what is acceptable, is the one God.

Then it says in verse eleven: And no fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness, rather do what? Reprove. For it is a shame to even speak of those things, those many different gods, and so forth, which are done of them in secret. They worship gods secretly. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light, one God. For-whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Wherefore, he saith, Awake thou that sleepeth, arise from the dead, Christ will give thee light. See then that you walk circumspectly with one God, not as fools, but as sharpies, wise. And redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Everybody wants to dump more than one god on you.

Wherefore be not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is, one God. And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess, but be filled with the spirit is the command. One God. One God. And don' t get drunk with wine, but be filled with the spirit, then speak in tongues. It' s right back to where Craig has been teaching in the Book of Acts on The Rise and the Expansion of the Christian Church.

Speaking in tongues. Give thanks always. Give thanks, verse twenty, give thanks always for all things unto whom, one God. He is the Father. And you do that in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

And that' s why, Corps, there is only one God, there is only one Son of God. That's the Lord Jesus Christ. And chapter 5:1 through 20, deals specifically with the one God and the walk of the believer who just does not have any other god, but one God. All the rest who have more than one god lose all of their reward. Do you want to lose the rewards? So we have only one God. That's it.

Thank you.