Exposed by the Light
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:7-14
Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.” (ESV)
How should a Christian act towards that which is not pleasing to the Lord, the darkness? How are we to interact with those who do not follow Christ? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides some helpful insight from Ephesians 5:7-14 that aids believers in working through these complex issues. Throughout the centuries, some Christians have argued for a sort of lifestyle that withdraws them completely from having to interact with the world. Yet, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out, this robs the Gospel of one of its main victories— that we are able to live a different life in the same world as a witness to those who don’t yet know Christ. How can we do this? First, we are to break completely with sin— we once were partakers of these activities, but now we are to walk as children of the light. This exhortation reminds us that sanctification is a process, not a one-time “product” that we receive. Second, we must not even be interested in the unfruitful works of darkness. Yet, this point often raises an interesting question: how should Christians balance having company with unbelievers without becoming like them? Since we are called to live among them and to be a witness, how can we maintain these values without compromising our faith? Dr. Lloyd-Jones provides helpful commentary on this that aids us in thinking through how to best live out our faith.