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The Rev. Charles Camlin: “Walk in the Light” (Ephesians 5:1-14)

March 27, 2009

From the Rev. Charles Camlin of Holy Trinity REC in Virginia, here is another excellent sermon titled Walk in the Light (in PDF format).  In this sermon, based on Ephesians 5:1-14, Rev. Camlin sounds the theme we have seen elsewhere this Lenten season: seeking holiness and giving up unholiness.  He begins by talking about some of the background behind this passage, and brings out the fact that it may have been an early baptismal hymn.  Then, he writes:

Now if this is a baptismal hymn, what are the implications from this for the preceding verses? Well all the way back in 4:1 of this letter, St. Paul encouraged the Ephesian Church to walk worthy of their calling. Their calling (and ours) is to be saints. We are called to a holy life. Our Baptism is a cleansing and a resurrection to new life; and what it pictures is what we are to live. That is, having died with Christ and raised to newness of life, we are to walk in that newness. So St. Paul is reminding them (and us) of our calling which was pictured in our Baptism. The 13 verses preceding the hymn in verse 14 are an exhortation to walk in holiness of life.

Verses 1-2 give the basis for this exhortation to walk in holiness of life. Look at what he says: “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” Having been adopted as God’s children in Baptism, the entrance into the New Covenant, they are exhorted to walk in love and are reminded of the supreme act of love that is the basis for their reconciliation. Christ laid down His life as a sacrifice on our behalf so that He might bring us to God. It was His taking our place upon the cross that made us acceptable to God. That is the basis for the exhortation that follows.

Fr. Camlin’s preaching on “the exhortation that follows”, verses 3-13 of this passage,  really hits hard on a major problem with the morality of our culture today–see what you think.

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