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