Daily Readings & Thought for April 7th. “AS IS PROPER AMONG SAINTS”
First, remember that all those who really believe in God and Jesus Christ are called “saints”. The Greek word translated as saint, means, “holy, set apart.” Saints set themselves apart from worldly godless ways of thinking and doing. Paul’s letters are addressed to saints, “the saints who are in Ephesus” “saints … who are in Philippi” [opening verse in each letter]. So all true believers are “saints” in God’s eyes, and therefore inspired writers like Paul had this very much in mind in sending encouraging letters to them.
Note what Paul says “is proper among saints” [Ch. 5 v.3]. He writes, “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness, nor foolish talk, no crude joking.” [v.3,4]
Something which is “named” is something which is talked about and discussed; yet we are often confronted with fleshly things if we watch much that is on television! Paul’s punch line in his message is – “you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous, that is an idolater, has no inheritance in the kingdom of God.” [v.5]
We have idolaters today! Think of the things people idolize, things that are the focus of their thinking or admiration! It can be something we own, or covet and want to own, and that thing takes centre stage in our thinking, pushing godly thoughts into the background or even swamping them completely.
Our minds often work in devious ways so that we avoid being honest with ourselves – in order to prevent ourselves from feeling uncomfortable, or even guilty about a matter in our conscience. We can do that as we read what Paul writes, glossing over his points. Finally notice his point in v. 6 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience” How close is that wrath?