Ephesians 5:1

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children

Ephesians 5:1 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
English Standard Version (ESV)
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
New Living Translation (NLT)
1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
The Message Bible (MSG)
1 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents.
American Standard Version (ASV)
1 Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
1 Imitate God, since you are the children he loves.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
1 Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
1 You are the children that God dearly loves. So be just like him.

Ephesians 5:1 Meaning and Commentary

Ephesians 5:1

Be ye therefore followers of God
Not in his works of infinite wisdom and almighty power, which is impossible; but in acts of righteousness and holiness, and particularly in acts of mercy, goodness, and beneficence; as in forgiving injuries and offences, and in freely distributing to the necessities of the saints; as the connection of the words with the preceding chapter, and the instance and example in the following verse show: and this should be done by the saints,

as dear children;
and because they are such by adopting grace; being predestinated unto the adoption of children, in the eternal purpose of God, and taken into that relation in the covenant of grace; and which is declared and made manifest in regeneration, and by faith in Christ Jesus: and they are dear, or beloved children, being loved with an everlasting and unchangeable love, and which is the spring and source of their adoption; and their being dear to him is seen by what he is unto them, their covenant God and Father; and by what he has done for them, in giving his Son to them, and for them; as well as in choosing, calling, and quickening them by his grace, and by the account he makes of them, as his jewels, his peculiar treasure, and the apple of his eye; and by the pity and compassion he has for them, and the care he takes of them; and therefore it becomes them to imitate him; for who should they imitate and follow after, but their Father, and especially when they are so dear unto him?

Ephesians 5:1 In-Context

1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children
2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Matthew 5:48; Luke 6:36
  • 2. S John 1:12
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