Skip to main content

Ephesians 4:18: They Are Darkened


Ephesians 4:18
[18] They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. (ESV)

Have you ever been in complete darkness.  I mean no light at all.  In a room with no windows.  No crack of light coming through the door.  No nightlight.  Total and complete darkness.  In that situation it is not possible to see the things that are around you.  You could step on a lego.  That would be a tragic and painful experience!  But, the point being, darkness changes how we can walk.  If we cannot see where we are going, we cannot go where we want to go.

Paul continues to talk about how our walk is to be different than those who are outside of the faith.  He refers to them as Gentiles.  He says that their understanding is darkened.  This darkness has great consequences.  It alienates them from the life of God.  We do not like to think of people in these terms.  It is hard to view a co-worker, friend, or even a family member as being in complete darkness and alienated from God because of their ignorance of him.  But that is exactly how Paul describes the lives of those who have not been transformed by the grace of God.  If we are to be effective in bringing people from darkness to light we must first recognize the darkness.

Now, I want you to note something Paul says in the end of this verse.  He says that the ignorance that damns them in darkness is due to their hardness of heart.  It implies that those in darkness have actually turned the light off so that they remain in darkness.  Jesus is described in Scripture as the Light of the World.  Listen to how the Gospel of John describes those in darkness and how they have reacted to the Light, which helps us to understand their self-inflicted hardness of heart.

John 3:19–20
[19] And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. [20] For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (ESV)

If you are in darkness, I invite you to allow Jesus to shine his light into your heart.  He wants to forgive your sin, if you will confess it to him, and love him more than your darkness. If you are filled with His light, find someone in darkness and share the light of Jesus with them.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18
[18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV)

Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic.

Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison.

Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death, being ston…

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14
[14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV)

The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers.

Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church.

This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to the Word of…

Romans 15:16: To Be A Minister Of Christ Jesus To The Gentiles In The Priestly Service Of The Gospel Of God

Romans 15:16
[16] to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. (ESV)

The time of the Early Church was a time of great transition. Up until Christ coming and bringing redemption to all who believer the people of faith were the Jews. If you wanted to worship God the only appropriate way was to go through a priest who would offer sacrifices on your behalf to God. All of the sacrificial system was fulfilled in Christ. Now, there was a new way to righteousness.

This time of transition was a challenge for all involved. The Jews had to move from an approach to God that involved keeping the Law. The Law was fulfilled in Christ. Now the way of salvation was a way of faith. There were some traditional aspects that were now gone. It was hard for them to move away from their traditions. It is hard for all of us to move from our traditions.

For the Gentile convert…