What does Ephesians 5 mean?
Most scholars classify Ephesians as a pseudo-Pauline epistle and say that it was written in his name some time after his death. Chapter 5 exhorts us to follow God and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God, avoiding all forms of immorality. Do not associate with those who teach other faiths, and do not be deceived by them but try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
- Verse 5:14 cites a passage believed to be from an early Christian hymn.
- Verse 5:19 encourages psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.
- Verses 5:2-25 tell us that as the church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands should love their wives, even as Christ loved the church. These admonitions are repeated in various ways through the epistle.
The book of Ephesus chapter 5 means about giving up your pagan ways and to follow the true and living god.