Ephesians 5:8

8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light

Read Ephesians 5:8 Using Other Translations

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

What does Ephesians 5:8 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Ephesians 5:8

For ye were sometimes darkness
Not only dark, but darkness itself; exceeding blind, dark, and ignorant, respecting spiritual things; so the Gentiles were wont to be called by the Jews, (Kvwh) , "darkness" F11 itself; of this darkness, (See Gill on Ephesians 4:18).

But now [are ye] light in the Lord;
either in, or by the Lord Jesus Christ, the light of men, from whom all spiritual light comes; or by the Lord the Spirit, by whom the eyes of their understandings were enlightened, to see the exceeding sinfulness of sin, in heart and life; the insufficiency of their own righteousness and moral virtues, to justify them before God; and the true and right way of righteousness, life and salvation by Christ; and to have some light into the several doctrines of the Gospel, and even a glimpse of the invisible glories and realities of another world: and this light is so great, that they are not only said to be enlightened, but to be light itself; and this they have not of, and from themselves, but the Lord; and therefore should

walk as children of light;
not in sins, which are works of darkness, but in faith, truth, and holiness.


FOOTNOTES:

F11 Tzeror Hammor, fol. 1. 2.
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