“Awake, Sleeper”

Text: Ephesians 5:14

What Paul Says They Needed to Do

  • Go from sleep to being awake — state of alertness
  • Go from death to life — state of salvation
  • Go from darkness to light — state of enlightenment

Why They Needed to Do These Things

  • If they were not alert, they were vulnerable (1 Peter 5:8; Acts 20:28-30; 1 John 4:1)
  • If they were not saved, they were condemned — only two options (Mark 16:16; Matthew 25:46)
  • If they were not enlightened, they were lost (Hosea 4:6; 1 Thessalonians 1:8)

Two Types of People Who Need Awakening

  • Alien sinners
  • Weak, erring, complacent Christians — this is the primary point of this passage, but we’ll notice the first as well to help reinforce Paul’s point

Alien Sinners

  • Important to deal with this point here for two reasons — 1. Those who are alien sinners need to come to Christ (Mark 16:15), 2. Christians were once alien sinners (Ephesians 2:1-2) and we must not go back to this state (2 Peter 2:20-22)
  • The alien sinner is vulnerable — enslaved to sin (Titus 3:3), living under the power of the devil (Ephesians 2:2)
  • The alien sinner is condemned — salvation is only in Christ (Acts 4:12)
  • The alien sinner is lost — right direction is not in ourselves (Jeremiah 10:23)

Weak, Erring, Complacent Christians

  • A dangerous state for a Christian — asleep (not paying attention to dangers that exist around us — 1 Peter 5:8), dead (it is possible for Christians to become spiritually dead and fall from grace — Revelation 3:1-2; Galatians 5:4), in darkness/lost (without proper enlightenment — Galatians 1:6-7; 2 Timothy 4:3-4)
  • A wake-up call to those who practice sin (Ephesians 5:3.5), to those who downplay the severity of sin (Ephesians 5:4,12), and to those who fellowship sin (Ephesians 5:11)

What We Need to Do

  • Imitate God (Ephesians 5:1) — be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16)
  • Walk in Love (Ephesians 5:2) — two greatest commands (Matthew 22:36-40)
  • Walk as children of Light (Ephesians 5:8) — this means we must practice the truth (1 John 1:5-7)
  • Learn what is pleasing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:10) — study His word (2 Timothy 2:15), grow (2 Peter 3:18)
  • Expose the deeds of darkness (Ephesians 5:11) — shine the light of God’s word on them Ephesians 5:13)

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