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- Historical References, Commentary and
- VI.LXIII, Against Celsus, Origen. (c.246)
- Epistle XXXIX -- Cyprian of Carthage (c. 250)
- On the Unity of the Church, Cyprian of Carthage (c. 250)
- Epistle LI -- Cyprian of Carthage (c. 252)
- Epistle LXIII -- Cyprian of Carthage (c. 253)
- "Exhortation to Be Imitators of God," Ephesians 5:1-9, Martin Luther, c. 1525.
- From the Geneva Notes.
- From Matthew Henry's Commentary.
- From Wesley's Notes.
- Awake, Thou That Sleepest (Eph 5:14): Sermon by John Wesley.
- From the Commentary on the Whole Bible (Jamieson, Fausset and Brown, 1871).
- From The People's New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891.
- Contemporary Commentary, Studies and Exegesis:
- "True to the Core: The Imitation of Christ Toward Christ-likeness," exegesis and sermon thoughts, Preacher's Magazine: A Sermon Resource in the Wesleyan Tradition, 2005.
- Articles & Background:
the Directives of God in Therapy," Del Donaldson, Koinonia
- "Based on Ephesians 5:1 in which we are instructed to be imitators of God, Stanton and Butman suggest that the Christian therapist should actively image God's functions, character, and concerns in the therapeutic relationship. This view of the therapeutic event is based on the belief that pastoral counseling, wherever it might be done, occurs in the context of an awareness of God in relation to persons so that a "trialogue" -- a conversation between clients, therapist, and God -- takes place instead of just a dialogue between the clients and the therapist."
- "'Silly Talk' in
Early Christianity: A Re-examination of Ephesians 5:4," Robert E. Van Voorst,
- "To conclude my reading of v. 4, the general meaning of the two words examined here and their literary context in this passage both strongly suggest that they deal with a type of humor that the author forbids, sexually-oriented humor. He does so to prevent his readers in Ephesus from thinking well of practices from which they have come, practices that reflect patterns of morality that he sees as antithetical to the faith."
- "Imaging the Directives of God in Therapy," Del Donaldson, Koinonia Annual, 1994.
- "Stripping Off the Old," from a series of sermons on the book of Ephesians by Pastor Edward F. Markquart, Grace Lutheran Church in Des Moines, Washington.
- "God Mimic-ers," James G. Cobb, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, 2005.
- "God's Helping Hand: Five Things that Will Help You Grow in Christlikeness," Preacher's Magazine: A Sermon Resource in the Wesleyan Tradition, 2005.
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