INTRO: It is some time since we were in Ephesians. We are concluding on Ephesians 5:17. We are in a section I have titled, "Walk Circumspectly." This walk might be further described as walking perfectly, or diligently, carefully, exactly, or precisely. This walk is described in general, with relation to life. In the circumspect life, one cannot live as being unwise, but being wise. Oh how much wisdom life requires. And as you grow and mature physically and spiritually it takes more and more wisdom. And as God sees our progress He allows new things to come our way. And in it all He seeks to conform us to the image of Christ. Our goal should be to glorify God and His goal is to make us like His Son, Jesus Christ.
We are presently in the concluding verse in which Paul deals with the circumspect walk with relation to life. So we'll read verses 15-18:
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,