7 “Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:7–10 (ESV)
The Apostle Paul issues still another concluding statement since he began the practical section of his letter to the Ephesian Church (Ephesians 4:1; 4:25; 5:1). It applies to the importance of believers in Christ being imitators of God in their life and lifestyle.
Therefore do not become partners with them. This statement applies to faithful Christians not having any agreement with professing believers who are living in rebellion against God. The word partners (συμμέτοχος; symmetochos) means a sharer and a joint imitator.
I Peter 4:3-5 says, “3 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry. 4 With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; 5 but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”
Dr. R. C. Sproul writes, “Christians must consider the fearful destiny of nonbelievers and refuse to join them in their folly (I Peter 4:3-5). Instead, they should remember their paths as partakers with the Jews in the promise of God in Christ (Ephesians 3:6).”
Believers in Christ are to no longer conform to this fallen world (Romans 12:1-2) because God now calls us salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16). We were once darkness (σκότος; skotos) meaning to live in the abode of sin (John 3:19). However, believers are now light in the Lord. Light (φῶς; phos) refers to dwelling in holiness. This holiness is because Christians are in union with Christ.
Believers in Christ are to walk as children of light. The command to walk (περιπατέω; peripateo) is to behave in manner reflecting the holiness of Christ.
1 John 1:5–7 says, “5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Let each of us who are in Christ live today reflecting the holiness of the Lord. May we do so as we live in an ever increasing darkening world (Romans 1:18-32). Have a light day.
Soli deo Gloria!