For years, I've interpreted in knee-jerk fashion that to expose the deeds of darkness is the task of living-in-the-light Christians. I automatically assumed the "children of disobedience" (v.6) are unbelievers. Now, however, I'm not so sure.
In interpreting these verses, could the injunction to expose the deeds of darkness involve three or more people (or groups of people)?
- First would be a Christian who is aware they have disobeyed God and is responsible before God to allow His light to expose their disobedience and lead them to repent (à la 1 John 1:8-10).
- Second would be another believer (or believers) who is participating in deeds of darkness and whose evil a spiritual Christian is to expose (a la James 5:16 and Galatians 6:1).
- Third would be unbelievers in the world who are doing only what comes naturally to "sons of disobedience," but whose deeds of darkness need to be exposed by Christians who are witnesses to those deeds (à la John the Baptizer who exposed the sin of Herod the tetrarch (John 14:3-5).