Ephesians: In the Heavenly Realms

Children of Light

Ephesians 5:8-14

– The Bible Teacher's Commentary –

Paul J. Bucknell

Ephesians 5:8-14 Bible Study Questions on 'Children of Light,' part of The Bible Teacher's Commentary, on Ephesians that enables God's Word to be easily understood and applied to one's daily life. These Bible study questions are meant to challenge a person to not only to understand Ephesians 5:8-14 but also to apply them to one's life.

Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 5:8-14

The Christian is in the midst of a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:11). Sometimes one teaching will help bring the needed insight to bring a breakthrough in one's stale Christian life. At other times, another teaching will help. The apostle in this passage brings before us yet one more clear illustration that helps challenge us to allow the full power of the gospel to radiate from our lives. This is the illustration of light. Below are Bible study questions of Ephesians 5:8-14 to help bring the power of these verses to shine.

8 For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 And do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; 12 for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. 14 For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you (Ephesians 5:8-14). (NASB used)

  1. Kickoff question: What observations can you make about the different properties of light? Include both physical observations as well as principles you might have learned in a science class.

  2. What does Paul mean in Ephesians 5:8 that “you were formerly darkness?” Isn’t that a rather severe statement?

  3. What does he mean by stating that “you are now light?” Isn’t that a bit exaggerated? (Ephesians 5:8).

  4. What does Paul call God’s people in Ephesus (Ephesians 5:8)? Is it true for all Christians?

  5. What does it mean to be ‘children of light’ (Ephesians 5:8)?

  6. How does the apostle describe light or its fruit in Ephesians 5:9? Define each term in your own words to the best of your ability.

  7. How does Ephesians 5:10 summarize our goal as God’s children? How does that relate to the topic of light?

  8. What does he say not to do in Ephesians 5:11? What does he say to do?

  9. Why in Ephesians 5:12 does he tell us to do those things (Ephesians 5:11)?

  10. What principle of light is mentioned in Ephesians 5:13?

  11. Explain how that works in a spiritual sense. Give at least three examples.

  12. Where do the words from Ephesians 5:14 come from? Use reference or concordance.

  13. Why do you think Paul quotes these words?

  14. What does he tell us to do in Ephesians 5:14? What will happen if we do?

  15. How do you do what he says to do in Ephesians 5:14? Give a practical example of how this is done.


  1. Read Matthew 5:14-16. How does this relate to the passage here in Ephesians 5:8-14?

  2. What should a Christian do if he or she feels more like darkness than light?

  3. Why is the society so dark? Do you think it is related to how well lit the church is? Explain.

  4. The key for revival is in verse 14. How would you tell another Christian what this is?

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Ephesians 1

Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing

Ephesians 1:1-3 Every Spiritual Blessing
Ephesians 1:1 Only by the Will of God
Ephesians 1:2 Only in Christ Jesus
Ephesians 1:3 Every Spiritual Blessing
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Ephesians 1:1-14 Redemption & Sovereignty
Ephesians 1:15-17 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 2

Ephesians 2:1-3 Our Need, His Grace

Ephesians 2:1-3, an Introduction
Ephesians 2:1 A) Man's Nature
Ephesians 2:2 B) Man's World
Ephesians 2:3 C) Man's Heart
Questions (Ephesians 2:1-3)

Ephesians 2:8-10 Extraordinary Purpose
Ephesians 2:8-10, an Introduction
Ephesians 2:8-9 A) Purpose of Salvation
Ephesians 2:10 B) Purpose of our Lives
Questions (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Ephesians 2:19-22 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 3

Ephesians 3:1-10 Growing in Our Commitment
Ephesians 3:1-10, Introduction
Ephesians 3:1 The Value of the Gospel
Ephesians 3:2-5 The Reliability of the Gospel
Ephesians 3:6-7 The Glory of the Gospel
Ephesians 3:8-10 The Calling of the Gospel
Questions (Ephesians 3:1-10)

Ephesians 3:14-21 The Fullness of God's Love

Ephesians 3:20-21 God's Unlimited Power
Ephesians 3:20-21 Unlimited Power
Ephesians 3:20 God's Amazing Power
Ephesians 3:21 God's Amazing Glory
Ephesians 3:20-21 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4

Ephesians 4:1-3 Preserving the Spirit's Unity

Intro: Problems of Disunity
Ephesians 4:1 Calling to Unity
Ephesians 4:2-3 Our Oneness of the Body
Ephesians 4:3 Preservation of Unity
Ephesians 4:1-3 Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 4:4-5 Reason for Oneness
Ephesians 4:6 One God & Father
Ephesians 4:4-6 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:11-16 The Purpose of Training

Ephesians 4:11-13: A) God's Word in the Church
Ephesians 4:11 Gifts in the church
Ephesians 4:12 Purpose of equipping
Ephesians 4:13 The final goal
Ephesians 4:11-13 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:14 B) Responsibility 1. Deceit
Ephesians 4:15a 2. Speaking the truth in love
Ephesians 4:15b 3. Grow up into Christ
Ephesians 4:16 Summary: Function of the Church
Ephesians 4:14-16 Bible Study Questions
Ephesians 4:17-24 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:11-14 Chart: Equipping of the Saints
Ephesians 4:25 Power of Speaking the Truth
Ephesians 4:25 Bible Study Questions

Ephesians 4:26-27 The Urgency of Resolving Anger
Ephesians 4:31 The Tree of Bitterness

Ephesians 5-6

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Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives be Subject to your Husband
Ephesians 5:25 Marital Love
Ephesians 5:31-32 Redemptive Analogy & Marriage
Ephesians 5:31-33 Building a Great Marriage
Ephesians 6:1-3 Obedience to Parents
Ephesians 6:17 Sword of Spirit

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