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The revelation in the book of Ephesians is progressive. According to this principle we would expect chapter five to be more advanced than the previous four chapters. In chapter one there is a sketch with a plan. Then in chapter two this plan is carried out, it advances in chapter three, and it comes to its development in chapter four. In this message we shall consider the progress in chapter five.
It is not easy to understand the book of Ephesians, because it was written in a very deep way. When we read this book, we need to dig into its depths in order to discover the basic elements.
Another principle is that a writer always has a basic thought within him before he writes something. This principle applies to Paul’s writing in Ephesians 5. Chapter five of Ephesians must have certain basic elements or factors. If we can find these basic factors, we shall have the key to understanding this chapter.
In the foregoing message we saw that in chapter four of Ephesians there were certain basic factors: the Body, the Body mingled with the Divine Trinity, the development in life and grace and truth. One point I did not emphasize in the previous message is that the Body mingled with the Trinity in the development of life and grace and truth is altogether for the new man. The concept of the Church as the Body is found in chapter one. The issue of the divine dispensing of the Divine Trinity is the Church, which is the Body of Christ, the fullness of the One who fills all in all (1:23). Hence, the first concept concerning the Church in Ephesians is that of the Body. In chapter two the Body is mentioned again, and the thought of the new man is brought in. In His death on the Cross, Christ abolished all of the commandments in ordinances to create a new man out of the Jews and the Gentiles (2:15). This new man in chapter two is the Body. In chapter one the thought of the Body is introduced, and in chapter two the thought of the new man is introduced. However, in chapter one the Body is not developed, and in chapter two the new man is not developed. In Ephesians 4 there is the development of the Body. In chapter four we see that the Body is mingled with the Trinity in life, grace, and truth. Eventually, in its development the Body is the new man. Therefore, the development of the Body in its being mingled with the Divine Trinity in life, grace, and truth is for the new man.
Now let us come to chapter five of Ephesians. According to the principle of progression, this chapter should be another step of advancement.