INTRO: We are back in Ephesians once more. In the last message we looked at verse 5:8. Paul said that we were once darkness. We were the darkness. But now, he says, you are light in the Lord. And then he gave the command to walk as children of light. This light is spiritual light. It is living right. Now we have come to Ephesians 5:9. Because it is over a month ago since I did the last message in Ephesians we had verses 1-10 read for us earlier. That gives us some of the context. Now let me read verses 8-10 and notice the bracketed words:
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
With verse 9 in brackets it is viewed as an interjection. In that case one can read it without the bracketed words and it makes perfect sense, which it also does. So let me read these verses skipping verse 9: