Ephesians 5:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Ephesians 5:1, NIV: Follow God's example, therefore, as dearly loved children

Ephesians 5:1, ESV: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.

Ephesians 5:1, KJV: Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Ephesians 5:1, NASB: Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

Ephesians 5:1, NLT: Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

Ephesians 5:1, CSB: Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children,

What does Ephesians 5:1 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Chapter 5 covers two important themes: obedience to God in our lives, and the proper relationship between husbands and wives. This first section discusses how believers are to be imitators of God, with a particular focus on the love of Christ (Ephesians 5:1–21). Our practical goals are summed up with the word "imitators." Paul uses a commanding tone here: the phrase "be imitators" is an imperative. Paul commands those who follow God to imitate Him. This means striving to do as He would do.

Paul also explains the mindset which ought to motivate Christians towards obedience. Believers in Christ enjoy a Father–child relationship with God. A child naturally seeks to copy what he or she sees in a loving father. Believers in Jesus are to likewise copy what they learn about God. Paul frequently mentions children in this letter (Ephesians 2:3; 4:14; 5:8). Though most of these mentions are simply illustrations, this may suggest that the Ephesian church had an abundance of young people and parents, an area Paul addresses in Ephesians 6:1.