Sexual Immorality and Impunity. (Eph. 5:3a) When you read these passages of the Apostle Paul, one might think that they are reading about the sins of the 21st century, but in reality he is referencing the 1st century. Sin is still sin and always has been and always will be. We are plagued by the same sin issues that the early church faced.
Impunity is a broad word that describes any type of filth. It is sometimes combined with sexual immorality. In Eph. 4:19 Paul says that iti is not limited to sexual sin. Paul says that we must live a lives of pervasive holiness. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:16, “Be holy, because I am holy.”
Paul says there should not even be hint of sexual immorality in the believers life. He reminds them again that they were once “darkness” but now they are “light.” He’s saying, “Become what you are!”
We must resist the temptation to rename sin.. God’s people must seek to kill sin (Col. 3:5) and flee from sin (1 cor. 6:18; 1 Thess. 4:3).
-Larry Miles, Lipscomb University, June 27, 2019