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Ephesians 5:8 - Live as children of light

NIV For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light
KJV For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
NASB for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light
Ephesians 5:8


The believer's position has changed from darkness (sin) to light (righteousness). Believers are to change their walk to correspond to their position in Christ (Rom 12:2).

Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson's new illustrated Bible commentary (Eph 5:7-10). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

Darkness / Light

"Darkness" describes the character of the life of the unconverted as void of truth and virtue in intellectual and moral matters (cf. 1 John 1:5-7). The realm of darkness is presided over by the "power of darkness," (Luke 22:53; Col. 1:13) who rules those headed for "eternal darkness" (Matt. 8:12; 2 Pet. 2:17). Tragically, sinners love the darkness (John 3:19-21). It is that very darkness from which salvation in Christ delivers sinners (see notes on John 8:12; Col. 1:13; 1 Pet. 2:9; cf. Ps. 27:1).

MacArthur, J. J. (1997, c1997). The MacArthur Study Bible (electronic ed.) (Eph 5:8). Nashville: Word Pub.

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