Another rule for us to remember as redeemed and saved sinners, is our responsibility, and the one object of our life, viz., “To me to live is Christ,” etc. Such corruption having infected the age, the devil appears to have obtained tyrannical sway; so that time cannot be dedicated to God without being in some way redeemed. I. Let no one deceive you with empty words! The paraphrase of Ambrosiaster is similar-scire quemadmodum unicunque respondeat. No: wherever we are, however employed, time pursues his incessant course. exagorazo; literally to buy out. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Ephesians 5:15-20 EXEGESIS: EPHESIANS 4-5. Methinks it says, Amen, and sets a seal to every improving hint. The dignitary was five minutes late, and finding the Duke watch in hand and angry, pleaded, “It is only five minutes, your grace.” “Only five minutes!” he replied; “five minutes unpunctuality would have, before now, lost me a battle.” Next time the city magnate took care, as he thought, to be on the safe side. ), or from the power of evil men (Beng. Go to. "Commentary on Ephesians 5:16". That καιρός properly and commonly means opportunity, or suitable time, is a strong reason for preferring the former of the two interpretations mentioned. 2. I. Genesis 47:9), but morally evil, full of iniquity. Those who have accomplished much in the world have learned the happy art of redeeming these fragments, just as the goldsmith spreads his apron and saves all the filings of gold, which, little in themselves, when ran together form something of great value. This results from the perfection of the Divine nature. 1874-1909. I had gifts of mind; I had means; I had many opportunities of doing good in the world; but all I cared about was myself, and to carry out my own schemes and fancies. One of the chancellors of France penned a bulky volume in the successive intervals of daily waiting for dinner. 2. Secondly: The reason by which this duty is enforced--“Because the days are evil.”. 3. because the days are evil; as such are, in which iniquity abounds, and many wicked men live, and errors and heresies prevail, and are days of affliction or persecution; see Genesis 47:9. Why do we walk carefully? Youth is the most promising season. The opportunity (a very great opportunity) was in the hands of the foe. Redeeming the time - Εξαγοραζομενοι τον καιρον· Buying up those moments which others seem to throw away; steadily improving every present moment, that ye may, in some measure, regain the time ye have lost. IV. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible. They hasten to their destined period with the rapidity of an eagle, which leaves the stormy blast behind her, while she cleaves the air, and darts upon her prey. But upon a retrospective view, how wonderfully is the case altered! Now you will see at once the wisdom of the senate’s action. “Because the days are evil”: “For these are evil days” (TCNT). The sense is, at whatever cost find or seize the opportunity to check sin. We all complain of the shortness of time, and yet everyone hath more time than he useth well. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". Should a husbandman or mechanic have lost any time in his work, he redeems it by extra exertion; in like manner should we redeem the time which we ought to have spent in serving God and preparing for eternity. Again, we may be exhorted to redeem time from its misapplication. Take and seek all occasions of doing good. Catch the favourable gales of opportunity. The word used alludes to the custom of merchants and traders, who buy up the articles they know to be of value, and what they know they can turn to good account. Our days, moreover, come to us masqued for the most part, so that even when they bring us a great opportunity, we do not recognize its greatness at the time, and therefore do not seize upon it and improve it as we should if we knew its worth. If we suffer our hearts to wander from that centre we immediately become palsied creatures, living for no earthly object or value at all. Not to hoard it up as misers do their gold, nor to spend upon ourselves; but that we may use it for our spiritual and eternal profit, for our instruction, conversion, renovation, for the glory of God, and the good of others. Graham has lived a relatively long life, but he still feels the sting of life’s shortness. When connected to "time," it means "to buy or take advantage of an opportunity." First: In the duty there is the act and the object. ), “We all complain,” says the philosopher Seneca, “of the shortness of time; and yet we have more than we know what to do with. “You have made us lose a whole hour,” said a gentleman to a lad as he came into a room where an important committee was meeting. Ephesians 5:16. ἐξαγοραζόμενοι τὸν καιρὸν, redeeming the time) So the LXX., καιρὸν ὑμεῖς ἐξαγοράζετε, Daniel 2:8, ye (would) gain the time. Paul was speaking of his time - he thought his days were evil! 3. Again, according to the familiar Roman legend, a Sibyl came to the palace of Tarquin II bearing nine volumes, for which she demanded a high price. Because sin abounds is a good reason why Christians should seize upon every opportunity to do good; and also why they should make the most of time. This sense of the verb suits the passage before us. no gold or gems can be compared to them. "Commentary on Ephesians 5:16". There he remained till eight o’clock; and after having eaten a very light supper, he retired to bed at ten. We are not on the one hand to say with Meyer, that ἐκ is merely intensive, for it points to that out of which, or out of whose power, the purchase is to be made; still, we are not anxiously, on the other hand, to find out and specify from whom or what the time is to be redeemed, and to call it “bad men,” with Jerome and Bengel, or “the devil,” with Calvin. 4. Have we bought all of them up? Parallel Cross Reference (TSK) ITL Names, People and ... Commentary -- Verse Notes / Footnotes. Once more: We should be moved to obey the apostle’s exhortation by the solemn consideration that we are accountable for our time. The days, says Paul, are evil, and are in the power of wicked men, not in your own power. Then, by a master stroke, the Roman Fathers “bought up the opportunity,” so to speak, from Hannibal; wrested it out of his hands, and secured a moral victory. "Commentary on Ephesians 5:16". So that this right use of time, or this seizing on every opportunity for doing good, is in both places represented as the evidence and effect of wisdom, i.e. So for exhorting (Hebrews 3:13). 1.Redeem the time, for time is very precious. We must redeem time by sincerely repenting of sin and devoting ourselves immediately to the great business of life. 1871-8. (4) The uncertainty of our days may be regarded as in some respects an evil circumstance. "Redeeming the time." He divided the day and night into three portions of eight hours each; and though much afflicted with a very painful disorder, he assigned only eight hours to sleep, meals, and exercise; devoting the remaining sixteen, one half to reading, writing, and prayer, and the other to public business. Only those who come for the less than nothing of looking at me are unwelcome. We had none to waste at first; we have need to be frugal now. The purpose of the book of Ephesians was to warn the church elders about the false teachers that were teaching a false gospel and to maintain their first love that they held when they first became believers. The commodity or thing to be bought. Outside the walls, where the children had played and the citizens had lounged, foreign standards were waving in the breeze. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Let us see, then, what lessons, what warnings, what exhortations it contains for those among us who are living for Christ, and earnestly desirous of glorifying Him by word and deed. 2. 27. II. How art thou fled forever! What a lesson may the Christian learn from him I Ought he not to know in what state he stands before God? Ephesians 5:13-17. That is the key verse for this section. (J. Burns, D. D.). A long duration, in a state of finite existence, is mere illusion. ), There was once a young shoemaker, who became so much interested in politics, that his shop was filled with loungers, talking, and discussing, and disputing about one thing and another from morning till night; and he found it often necessary to work till midnight to make up for the hours lost in talk during the day. Observe here, 1. Mr. Gladstone is one of the best living illustrations of the truth of his own words, addressed to the students of Edinburgh University as its Lord Rector. You may be sure of that. 4. There is no time wherein thou dost not enjoy some blessing to provoke thee to thankfulness, or hast not some sin to be mortified, or some good work to be done. Those are to be rebuked who have misspent their time. This attention to seasons is no less necessary in the work of your salvation. 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