Is Ephesians 5:19 Only Related To Daily Life And Not The Worship Assembly?


One argument used to try to justify the use of mechanical instruments in worship to God is stated as follows: “Ephesians 5:19 is not related to or found within the context of the worship assembly; it only applies to the activities of daily life.”

Paul, no doubt, writes about daily life in Ephesians (for example, Ephesians 5:15, “walk circumspectly”; Ephesians 5:17, “understand what the will of the Lord is”; Ephesians 5:18, “do not be drunk with wine”). But Paul is not limiting the context to only the daily life of the Christian. In fact, part of the Christian’s life includes the worship assembly (or whenever Christians are gathered together to worship God – John 4:23,24; Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; 14:15; etc.).

First, let us ask a series of questions: (1) Are we to walk circumspectly in daily life and whenever we are worshipping God? Yes. (2) Are we to understand God's will in daily life and whenever we come to worship God? Yes. (3) Are we not to get drunk with alcohol in daily life, yet not when we come to worship God? Yes.

Second, there are other verses in the Scriptures that show that Christians were singing in the worship assembly (Hebrews 2:12; 13:15). The context of 1 Corinthians 14 is in a worship assembly (1 Corinthians 14:15).

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