“…At one time you were darkness, but now you are light…walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8).
“At one time you were…now you are…” We are not who we used to be! In Christ we are actually someone different. Paul doesn’t just say that we are now living in the light, but we are light. He then says that this light has the DNA of goodness, of rightness, and of truth (“for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true”). Because we are a new creation in Christ, we now have this new DNA implanted in us.
Paul then says we are to “walk” or to live consistently with who we are. We do not behave so that we can become someone with the DNA of light, but because we have the DNA of light, we are to live that way…”walk as children of light.” Live like who you are.
Note that our behavior is not the cause of our identity…rather our identity is the source of our behavior. Could it be that my obedience is the evidence of what God has already done in me?
“You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God created identity” (Matthew 5:48, The Message).