Ephesians 5 -
Verse 12 in
I have posted Ephesians 5:12 in context, with the scripture that
surrounds it. Some people make the false claim that this verse
instructs Christians to be silent on certain topics, topics
that we view as unfruitful works of darkness. This could
not be more wrong. Such a way of thinking is in
contradiction with the surrounding scripture. Verse 11 tells us to
reprove unfruitful works of darkness. We cannot reprove something if
we cannot talk about it.
John 3:20 tells us, "For every one
that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest
his deeds should be reproved." And John 3:19 tells us, "And this is
the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved
darkness rather than light, because their deeds were
I'm going to bottom-line this. The wicked do not want
their deeds reproved. If their deeds are reproved and they are truly
corrected they will come into the light and be saved and no longer
be happy doing unfruitful works of darkness. They love it in their
darkness and want to stay in their darkness. This is why they seek
to silence us. And they will say the silliest things about scripture
in their attempt to shut us up. Do not be deceived by their vain
God would not tell us in one verse to reprove
something and then in the next verse tell us that such would be a
sin to do. And God does not. Verse 12 of Ephesians is speaking very
matter-a-factually about the things that the wicked do in secret,
that such things are so bad "it is a shame even to speak of those
things which are done of them in secret." This scripture is
expounding on just how wicked the things that they do are. And yes,
it is a shame to even speak of those things, not a sin, but a shame.
It is a shame we have to talk about such things, but verse 13 tells
us, "But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the
light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light." --So we
got-to-do what we got-to-do to reprove such things in order for such
things to be made manifest by the light, which is Jesus
6 Let no man deceive you with
vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon
the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers
8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye
light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the
fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even
to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for
whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he
saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ
shall give thee light.
15 See then that ye walk
circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the
time, because the days are evil.
J.M. Smith 09-17-14