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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:6-8

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

EXPOSITION:

(Ephesians 6:6-8) Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Paul continues to describe the service that should be given to “masters according to the flesh” (human authority holders, and by implication, service to Christ) in verse 5.

 

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers;

Principle of Godly Service #5 – Do Not Serve “For Show”

“Eyeservice” describes “laboring for the eyes”. Being a “manpleaser” is being a person who “seeks personal gain by being agreeable with others”

In other words, it is serving out of a heart of pride, only serving so that it will be seen and praised by those around us.   It is not an act of self-sacrifice, but one of selfishness. It is not an act of submission, but an act of manipulation and control.

 

but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 

Principle of Godly Service #6 – Be Motivated By A Desire To Please and Glorify Christ

For the Christian, obedience to a higher human authority is, first and foremost, an act of obedience to Christ. The Christian is to serve others motivated by a desire to please Christ and glorify Him.

 

With good will doing service, 

Principle of Godly Service #7 – Accompanied By Love and Kindness.

“Goodwill” describes a mind that is full of kindness. It is serving wanting to meet the needs of the master out of love and mercy, not obligation and debt. (Although the service may be performed to pay off a debt, it is done wanting to help not simply as an obligation). It is saying “I WANT to meet your needs”, not “I MUST meet your needs”

 

as to the Lord, and not to men:

Principle of Godly Service #8 – Serve Men As If Directly Serving Christ.

When a Christian serves their master, it is to be as if they are personally serving Christ. That means giving 100% effort to solely please their master.   It is giving their absolute best, every time they are called upon to serve.

 

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

Principle of Godly Service #9 – Serve Recognizing It Has Eternal Consequences.

When Christians serve their master, in a God pleasing way, they can count on the Lord rewarding them for their faithfulness. The opportunities given to serve are in actuality, opportunities to please the Lord and glorify Him through acts of kindness and submission to human authorities.

 

APPLICATION:

So far in our study we have seen that:

Principle of Godly Service #1 – Be Obedient
Principle of Godly Service #2 – Fear Of the Results Of Disobedience
Principle of Godly Service #3 – Singleness of Desire to Please and Meet Needs of Others
Principle of Godly Service #4 – Recognizing Serving the Master a Type of Service for Christ.
Principle of Godly Service #5 – Do Not Serve “For Show”
Principle of Godly Service #6 – Be Motivated By A Desire To Please and Glorify Christ
Principle of Godly Service #7 – Accompanied By Love and Kindness.
Principle of Godly Service #8 – Serve Men As If Directly Serving Christ.
Principle of Godly Service #9 – Serve Recognizing It Has Eternal Consequences.

are all aspects of Godly servanthood.

 

Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

(Colossians 3:22-24)

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:5b

SIH TOTT ICON

“Reflections Of His Grace”
“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

Eph 6:1-9 KJV
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.
a. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
b. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
c. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
d. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
e. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
f. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
g. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
h. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.
For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I. The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II. The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III. The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV. The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

EXPOSITION:

Paul continues to describe look at Godly responsibilities given to servants.

Ephesians 6:5 – Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

Servants,
Paul, now, addresses those who are “servants”.

In this text, the word servant comes from a word that means “to be bound”. Normally, this word is used to describe a person who serves out of compulsion or duty. Rev 6:15, it is translated “bondman” as compared to “free men”.
Paul is addressing those who are serving out of obligation. In other words, he is serving his master to pay off a financial debt, or to fulfill some other type of obligation that is due his master.

Paul was addressing those who were serving out of obligation, not of a free will. They were enslaved due to obligation not serving their master out of choice. In this type of servitude, it would only be a natural reaction for a servant to not give their all in their service to their master. They would be tempted to serve begrudgingly, only doing the minimum necessary to fulfill their obligation.

Paul addresses these servants, hoping to encourage them to give their all in their position of servitude, so as to be Godly examples to the world around them.

Please keep in mind… as Paul writes to the local church at Ephesus, he is not only describing the responsibilities of physical servants towards their master, but he is also sharing principles that will apply to all of God’s people (the spiritual servants of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ).

61) Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and [his] doctrine be not blasphemed.
2) And they that have believing masters, let them not despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather do [them] service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
3) If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; … (1 Timothy 6:1-3)

Why would “bond servants” be good pictures of the servants of Christ? Although we should be willing servants who have chosen to follow Christ, our responsibilities go much farther. A Christian’s service to Christ is not simply an issue of choice. Folks, stop and think about all our Lord has done for us. We can never begin to pay Him back for all that He has done for us. We need to understand that we OWE Him service with our entire life.

We were saved to offer up spiritual sacrifices to the Lord…
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:5)

It is, truly, only the reasonable thing to do…
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)

Paul begins to list for us the responsibilities of servants.

be obedient to them that are your masters

Principle of Godly Service #1 – Be Obedient
The word translated “obedient” is the same root word we found in the instructions for children in verse 1. We saw this word carries with it two basic ideas:
1. Literally, “obey” means “to listen attentively to a higher authority”. This is why it is translated “hearken” many times in the New Testament.
2. However, based upon its context, it can also imply “compliance to that which is heard”. That is why it is also translated “obey” and “to be obedient” in the New Testament.

From this, we can see that the servant’s first responsibility Paul gives us is:
1. to listen carefully to the instructions of the authority holder
2. and then to follow those instructions

“Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.” (Psa 123:2)

“[Exhort] servants to be obedient unto their own masters, [and] to please [them] well in all [things]; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” (Titus 2:9-10)

according to the flesh,
Paul is reminding them that the believers at Ephesus have a great responsibility towards their human masters.

But also, Paul is giving them a subtle reminder that they have another master, the Lord Jesus Christ, who should be the ultimate authority of their life.

1Pe 2:13 KJV – “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; “

with fear and trembling,
Principle of Godly Service #2 – Fear

The obedience of the servant is to be accompanied by a spirit of fear (to be terrified) and trembling (to shake visibly).

This type of fear is to be had realizing the possibility of punishment at the hand of their earthly master, as well possibly of feeling the chastening of the Lord. It is not simply speaking of a “reverence” of the Lord, but clearly includes a true fear of His chastening hand and the physical results of unresolved sin in the life of the Christian.

in singleness of your heart,
Principle of Godly Service #3 – singleness of desires to please
The obedient servant is to serve with a “singleness of heart”. In other words, to have clear, undivided desires pointed towards submission and obedience.

as unto Christ;
Principle of Godly Service #4 – recognizing his service is a type of service for Christ.

This servant, as he obeys his earthly master, is to serve as a form of service to Christ, who has commanded him to do so. Folks, service to earthly authorities is truly a great privilege. In doing so, we can accomplish several goals for the glory of Christ:
1. we are actually obeying Christ and will be rewarded eternally for doing so.
2. we are setting the proper example for the lost around us, showing to them the need to trust in and be submissive to their ultimate authority, Christ.
3. we are setting the proper example for the saved, showing them the proper way to serve both their earthly master and their Heavenly Master.

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, [do] all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him…. Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” (Colossians 3:17-25)

APPLICATION:

So far in our study we have seen that:
Principle of Godly Service #1 – Be Obedient
Principle of Godly Service #2 – Fear Of the Results Of Disobedience
Principle of Godly Service #3 – Singleness of Desires to Please
Principle of Godly Service #4 – recognizing his service is a type of service for Christ.
are all aspects of Godly servanthood.

May we all remember the great opportunity around us to be a shining light for Christ by submitting ourselves to the authorities that are over us (government, church, family, employment etc). May we all submit to these authorities recognizing we are pleasing to the Lord and glorifying Him in our lives.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:5a

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

 

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

Paul now begins the next subject in this text. It involves the relationship between servants and their masters.

 

(Eph 6:5-9) Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

Just as in our previous sections, Paul addresses both parties in the relationship. In this case, he is speaking to both the servant (vs 5-8) and their master (vs 9). And, again, both parties must be fulfilling God’s will for the relationship to be at its best.

Very quickly we can see that the servant’s responsibilities towards the master involves:
1. obedience to master (vs 5)
2. recognition of master’s authority (vs 5)
3. singlemindedness (vs 5 )
4. sincerity (vs 6)
5. benevolence (vs 7)

 

The same type of responsibilities apply to the master as well:
1. obedience to the Lord (vs 5,9)
2. recognition of Lord’s authority (vs 5,9)
3. singlemindedness (vs 5,9)
4. sincerity (vs 6,9)
5. benevolence (vs 7,9)

 

Please allow me to emphasize, as I did in the other sections of this study, the great need for both parties to following these responsibilities. When only one party is seeking to fulfill God’s will, they are open to abuse and mistreatment by the other party.  When this abuse and mistreatment exists, it makes it very difficult for the abused party to continue to fulfill the will of God for their lives.

This is one of the great temptations that Christians face in today’s society… the need to be faithful to Christ, even in the face of great abuse and mistreatment by those who are in authority in the workplace (also government, church leadership and even within our own families).

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.(Matthew 7:12)

 

One of the great lessons found in this part of our study is that those who are in positions of authority over others are still servants to the Most High God. Therefore, the authority holders in this world (family, government, church, and workplace) are not free to do their own will, but will be held accountable by God. Biblically, they are recognized as stewards of the position of authority with which they have been blessed.

Servants, obey in all things [your] masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:And whatsoever ye do, do [it] heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.Masters, give unto [your] servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.(Colossians 3:22-4:1)

 

In our next devotional, we will begin looking at the responsibilities of the servant in a much more detail.

 

APPLICATION:

May we all come to a better appreciate for the position of authority with which God has blessed us. In doing so, let us all strive to be faithful to our Heavenly Master and exercise that authority in a Godly kind way.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/

SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:4

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

 EXPOSITION:

After looking at the responsibility of children towards their parents, we now have our attention turned to the father’s responsibility towards their children.

(Eph 6:4) And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

 

Please keep in mind, that this is a two way street, not only is the father to treat the child properly, but the child must honor their parents for the family unit to be blessed with the greatest amount of peace and harmony.

 

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath:

Paul presents to us a three-fold responsibility the father has towards the child….

#1 – the need to “provoke not your children to wrath”

The idea of “provoke” and “wrath” come from the same root word. This root carries with it the ideas of “exasperate”, “enrage”, or “frustrate”.

 

How can a father (or mother as well) frustrate or enrage their child?

a. By having a “do as I say, not do as I do” attitude. It is very frustrating for parents to not live according to the same standards they are placing upon their children.

b. By expecting the impossible from their child. Children are children and need to be given goals and expectations that they are capable of fulfilling.

c. By making selfish decisions that puts the ease and comfort of the parent ahead of the wellbeing of the child. When a child recognizes a spirit of selfishness in the life of the parents, they will naturally become frustrated and angry.

These, and I am sure many others, create great unneeded frustration and anger in the life of the child.

 

Fathers, provoke not your children [to anger], lest they be discouraged.(Colossians 3:21)

 

 

but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

#2 – the need to “bring them up in the nurture …of the Lord.”

The word translated “nurture” refers to a combination of:
1. verbal teaching
2. training by example
3. revealing wrongdoing
4. punishing willful disobedience

One of the great responsibilities of the Father, as spiritual leader of the family is to nurture “of the Lord”. In other words the nurturing is to be done based upon the truths of God’s Word and in alignment with His will.

 

#3 – the need to “bring them up in the admonition … of the Lord”.

The word translated “admonition” means “to place in the mind”. It describes being a lasting influence in the life of the children by making a lasting impression on their knowledge and decision making processes.

Once again, this is to be done “of the Lord”…

It is helping a child to look at things from the proper perspective, enabling them to discern the will of their Lord in any situation.

 

Maschil of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, [to] my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.We will not hide [them] from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

That the generation to come might know [them, even] the children [which] should be born; [who] should arise and declare [them] to their children:That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation [that] set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.(Psalms 78:1-8)

 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.(Proverbs 22:6)

 

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected [us], and we gave [them] reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?For they verily for a few days chastened [us] after their own pleasure; but he for [our] profit, that [we] might be partakers of his holiness. (Hebrews 12:7-10)

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we recognize the great need to bring up our children in God honoring ways. It is only through the proper rearing of our children that we can facilitate their coming to Christ and living lives that are pleasing to Him.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:2-3

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

 

Eph 6:1-9 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

 

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)

II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)

III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)

IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

 EXPOSITION:

 This section continues looking at the role of children in the family relationship…

 

(Ephesians 6:2-3) Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

 

(Based upon our previous devotional, please keep in mind that a complete picture of this relationship cannot be received until we look in detail at verses 1-4 in their entirety. )

 

 

Honour thy father and mother;

Children, no matter what their age, are to highly value and appreciate their parents. This will result in:

1. the youthful child willingly submitting to their parents authority

2. while the adult child will properly respect and care for their aged parents.

 

Deu 27:16 KJV – Cursed be he that setteth light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say, Amen.

In the above verse “setteth light” means to “shrug off”, “ignore” or “take lightly”

 

 

 (which is the first commandment with promise;) 

In the ten commandments, the command to honour parents was accompanied with a promise of long life in the promised land for the Israelite….

Exo 20:12 KJV – Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

 

The blessing following the command helps us to understand the importance of this command…. It is the first one that is mentioned to hold a special blessing for those who keep it. This emphasizes the need and gives a special motivation for the keeping of this command.

 

Also, please keep in mind, when a child learns to submit to the authority of his/her parents, they are also learning to submit to any higher authority (government, employer and most importantly the Lord Himself).

Submission to a higher authority can result in a myriad of blessings for the individual. Beginning with salvation as we submit to Christ, promotions and raises as we learn to faithfully serve employers,  and our freedoms intact  as we submit to governmental authorities and avoid being placed in governmental legal systems (court cases, jail, prison etc.)

There are great benefits to be had when a person learns to submit to those in authority over them.

 

How does this commandment apply to us today?

 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Paul now applies this blessing to the Gentile believers at Ephesus, as he affirms that the promise of a long life is a blessing that will be also given to Gentiles as they honor their parents.

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we recognize the wonderful blessing and importance that is linked to our responsibility to honor our parents. For those of us who have parents that are yet living, may we take advantage of every opportunity to show them the proper respect and appreciation that they deserve. For those of us who are yet under their authority, may we live in submission to all of their desires which are in alignment with God’s revealed will for our lives.

 May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:1b

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

 Eph 6:1-9 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

EXPOSITION:

This section begins by looking at the role of children in the family relationship…

 

(Eph 6:1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

(Based upon our previous devotional, please keep in mind that a complete picture of this relationship cannot be received until we look in detail at verses 1-4 in their entirety. )

 

 

Children, obey your parents

The word “children” in this verse is translated from a word that simply means “that which is produced” or “an offspring”. It does not refer to any specific age range, but can describe mature, adult offspring as well as those who are babies, infants or immature youth.

It is very important we understand the meaning of the term “obey” to grasp the meaning of this verse…

“Obey” (hupakouo) which comes from a fusion of two Greek words:

1. hupa – to be under
2. kouo – to listen attentively, to hear with desire

This helps us to understand that:

1. Literally, “obey” means “to listen attentively to a higher authority”. This is why it is translated “hearken” many times in the New Testament.

2. However, based upon its context, it can also imply “compliance to that which is heard”. That is why it is also translated “obey” and “to be obedient” in the New Testament.

 

Based upon the above 2 aspects of this word’s definition we can see from our text that:

1. No matter how old the child may be, if they properly respect their parents they will listen attentively (and seriously consider) any advice their parents may give to them. (Pro 1:8, 23:22)

After we have become adults, and begun a family of our own, we are to remove ourselves from under the authority of our parents (Gen 2:24), while still showing them respect and honor. One way to accomplish this is by listening and considering any counsel they may give to us.

 

2. However, it is also obvious that a child (who is still under their parent’s authority) must not only listen attentively to their parents Godly instructions, but also must be compliant to their wishes (Deut 21:18, Prov 30:17). This will gender a peaceful and harmonious household which glorifies the Lord in the sight of others.

 

in the Lord:

The obedience that is given to the parents is to be done with the correct motive of heart, desiring to please the Lord and glorify Him…

1Co 10:31 KJV – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Col 3:17 KJV – And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

 

for this is right.

When we show our respect of our parents through obedience, our actions are aligned with God’s laws and pleasing in His sight….

1Ti 5:4b KJV – … and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

 

APPLICATION:

May we all seek to properly obey our parents, giving to them the honor and respect that we owe to them. As we do this, may we be motivated by a knowledge that we are pleasing our Lord and keeping His commands for our lives.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 6:1

Reflections Of His Grace”SIH TOTT ICON

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)

Eph 6:1-9 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of AUTHORITY/SUBMISSION (6:1-9)…

For those who are under the authority of another, there exists a great opportunity to follow the example of Christ, who was under the authority of His Father during His earthly ministry.

For those who hold authority over subordinates, there exists a great opportunity to reveal Christ, who was exalted as Head above all, to those who are around them. Also, keep in mind that those who are given authority over others remain under the authority of the Lord.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Role Of Children (vs 1-3)
II.        The Role Of Fathers (vs 4)
III.        The Role Of Servants (vs 5 -8)
IV.        The Role Of Masters (vs 9)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

This section begins by looking at the role of children in the family relationship…

 

(Eph 6:1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Much like the interdependence of the husband/wife relationship, the relationship between the child and father are interdependent on one another…

 

Eph 6:1-4 KJV

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)   That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth…

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

In this case, the child’s obedience to the father is directly related to the father’s need to properly train up the child without provoking them in the process (vs 4). If the father provokes the child to wrath, it becomes extremely difficult for the child to be submissive and give honor to his parents as he should…

 

Col 3:20-21 KJV – “Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.”

 

But the same holds true of the child’s obeying of his parents. Any attempts by the Father to bring up the child in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, will be greatly hindered if the child does not accept his correction, obey and honor their parents as they should.

 

Heb 12:5-11 KJV – “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?   For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”

 

So as we begin this study, let us please keep in mind that a complete picture of this relationship cannot be received until we look in detail at verses 1-4 in their entirety.

 

In our next devotional, we will begin to look at Ephesians 6:1.

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we all recognize the Lord’s grace in our lives as He gives to us our loving children and our loving parents. May we all want to treat both our parents and our children in a way that pleases the Lord and brings honor and glory to Him.

 

 May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:33

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

Eph 5:22-33 KJV

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

Paul now summarizes his teachings on the husband wife relationship…

(Ephesians 5:33) Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

 

To have a marriage that aligns itself with the Lord’s desires, both the husband and the wife must be faithful to their God-given responsibility…

Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; 

Unconditional, self-sacrificial love is the key element for the husband’s proper care of his wife. It is from a heart of love that a wife is properly cared for within the confines of the marital covenant.

 

and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

The wife is to place herself willingly under her loving husband’s authority realizing:
1. he loves her and is constantly looking out for her wellbeing.
2. he is being held directly accountable to God for all the members of his family.

 

These dual responsibilities are presented several times in the New Testament…

 

1Pe 3:6-7 KJV – “Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”

Col 3:18-19 KJV – “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.”

 

So based upon the Word of God, we need to understand the importance of BOTH being present in the marital relationship.

 

Submission on the part of the wife is almost impossible if the husband does not love her nor seek to care for her properly.

Likewise, for a husband to constantly attempt to work on his wife’s behalf and then face opposition from her at every turn can only lead to bitterness and resentment towards her.

 

 

APPLICATION:

May we be thankful to the Lord for His great grace in giving us our spouses. Out of hearts of appreciation may we seek to possess Godly marriages, arranged in a way that pleases Him, so that He might be glorified through our testimony in the lives of others.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:31-32

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

Eph 5:22-33 KJV

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

 

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)

II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)

III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

 

The love of the husband for the wife (vs 25-29) is one of the greatest motivating forces behind the marital union…

 

(Ephesians 5:31-32) For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

 

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, 

“For this cause”… what cause? Because the husband holds a self-sacrificial, unconditional love for his wife, he is to forsake his former relationship with his parents. Up to this point in time, the husband was under the authority of his parents. He was now to take upon himself the responsibilities of leadership and begin another relationship which would become the closest, most intimate, relationship in his life.

Please note: This “leaving” of the parents is describing a change in relationship, not an abandonment of the parents.  The husband was still called upon to “Honor” his parents. In other words, he is to highly value, respect and appreciate his parents (Matthew 5:4, Ephesians 6:2-3).  This includes a need to care for their parents in their old age…

Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.(Proverbs 23:22)

Honour widows that are widows indeed.But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God…. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”  (1 Timothy 5:3-4,8)

 

 and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 

The husband is to forsake his former relationship with his parents and enter into a new intimate relationship with his wife.

And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;   And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. Genesis 2:21-24

 

This relationship would be described as a “cleaving” and a “one flesh” relationship. These terms help us to understand:

1. the unity that would exist between the husband and wife in every aspect of their lives.

2. the INTENDED permanence of the marital union. The Lord desires for the marital union to be a permanent one although it is possible for it to be sundered (broken). (Malachi 2:16)

 

For much more information on the nature of the “one-flesh” and the “cleaving” aspects of the marital union please refer to:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

All of these teachings on the marital relationship between the husband and wife also teach us truths about the relationship between Christ and His local assemblies.

The comparative association between the marital relationship and the relationship of Christ and His assemblies is a “great mystery”. What does this mean?

In the Bible, the word mystery always describes that which is unknown by most, but known to the initiated. Because of Paul’s teachings on this subject, we are now a part of “the initiated” and therefore, these truths are no longer a mystery to us. However, to the lost world, and many Christians, these truths continue to be unknown.

 

APPLICATION:

May we all thank the Lord for His grace in giving us these truths, so that we might come to understand, that which is a mystery to so many. Let us be faithful with these truths by sharing them with others and applying them, in a practical way, to our marriages and as members of the Lord’s local assemblies.

 May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:28-30

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

Eph 5:22-33 KJV

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

Paul continues to explain the need for men to love their wives with a self-sacrificial, unconditional love…

(Eph 5:28-30) So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.   For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

 

So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. 

A man’s relationship to his wife should be similar to a man’s relationship to his own body. A man works for the good of his body by eating, exercising, bathing and avoiding dangerous situations when possible.

In this same way, a man should seek to honor his wife, always working for her benefit. He is to recognize that although she is equally blessed and graced by God, she is the weaker vessel deserving of his tender care…

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.(1 Peter 3:7)

 

He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  

Another motivation for the husband to care for his wife is his recognition that they are partners in a “one flesh” relationship (Gen 2:21-14). The one flesh relationship is one aspect of the marital union and involves…

1. the joining of two individuals into one cohesive unit
2. they are to be united in spiritual beliefs
3. they are to be united emotionally
4. they are to be united in purpose
5. they are to be united in presence
6. they are to be united physically
7. they are to be united in concerns of life
8. they are to be united in goals
9. they are to be united in desires

One of the most important practical aspects of understanding the nature of the marital union is realizing that, when a spouse helps their mate they are, in actuality, helping their own self. By caring for his wife as he should, the husband is caring for the one that will support and accompany him in all aspects of his life as his most intimate and trusted partner.

In this sense, it is very so true that “He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”

 

For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it,

If a man loves his body, he will care for his body. He will manifest the care of his body by:
1. nourishing his body – to bring up, to feed, to nourish – to supply physical needs for growth and maturity
2. cherishing his body – to brood, to foster, to warm – to supply emotional needs for growth and maturity

A man’s love for his wife should also revolve around both the physical and emotional care of his wife. He is responsible to supply her emotional needs as well as her physical needs securing her growth and wellbeing.

 

even as the Lord the church:

Paul now reminds us that the union of a man and woman reflect that of Christ and the church. Christ also lovingly cares for His body (the local assembly).    Christ supplies all that is needed for the church’s spiritual growth, continuity and perpetuation. He does this through the supply of Godly leaders (Ephesians 4:11-12) and spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-31) that are used for the assembly’s growth and strengthening.

 

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Paul reminds us that, as the Lord cares for His local assembly, He is working for the benefit of each individual member of that assembly. How can that be? It is because each member is a part of that body for which He is caring…

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

Each individual member of the local assembly benefits when the local assembly is strengthened and grows.

 

APPLICATION:

 

Marriage, and our membership in a local assembly, come to us only through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Both the marital union and our membership in a local assembly give to us many benefits and blessings throughout our lifetimes. May we all seek to praise and honor Christ for these great blessings He has given to us.

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:26-27

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relatioinships (5:22-33)

Eph 5:22-33 KJV

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

 

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

 

Paul now explains to us the benefits received by His assemblies which were gained by Christ’s loving sacrifice of Himself …

(Eph 5:26-27) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

 

Why did Christ die for His local assembly?…

That he might sanctify and cleanse it 

1. That He might sanctify it – to separate His assembly FROM sin TO His use
2. That He might cleanse it – to purify the assembly from sin

Through His work on the cross Christ can cleanse His churches from their sin and then reserve them for His use.

 

How does He do this?

with the washing of water by the word,

It is through His use of the Word within the assembly. The Word of God acts as purifying water in the assembly. As the Pastor teaches the truths of the Word and then leads the church to put it into practice in all their ministries, the church finds itself being rid of sin and being used of God for His honor and glory.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.(John 15:3)

 

That he might present it to himself a glorious church,

Through the cleansing work of the Word within the local assembly, Christ desires to place on display, in His sight (present to himself) a church that is honorable and noble

 

What makes a church “a glorious church”?

not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

There are five basic marks of a “glorious” church…

1. not having spot – blemish that brings upon it disgrace – nothing that brings upon it public disgrace
2. not having wrinkle – a crease or a ripple (in a pond) – nothing that causes upheaval, distress or disharmony
3. not having any such thing – anything of the same type – nothing that takes away from its beauty
4. holy – separated from sin to God’s use – it must be set apart from sin and reserved for God’s use
5. without blemish – with no flaws – no shortcomings, flawless or nothing that deserves blame

Basically, for a church to be classified as “glorious” there must be a loving, sincere singular dedication to Christ’s service that results in the church carefully guarding her public testimony and her private unity and holiness.

This can only be had through the work of Christ and the cleansing of the Word that is found in her midst.

This is His desires for His local assemblies in the here and now. There is no contextual reason why we must make this text refer to any event in eternity.

 

APPLICATION:

This text helps us to understand the importance of the local church’s dedication to the service of Christ. It is so important that His churches are holy, He was willing to give His life so that they might be glorious in His sight!

Let’s all thank the Lord for giving us the local assembly as the center of worship and service. And also let’s thank Him for willingly giving His life so that she might be cleansed through His Word.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:25

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

Eph 5:22-33 KJV

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:
https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

The most outstanding of all the characteristics of the husband’s relation to his wife is love. Yet, sad to say, it seems as if in many cases, this is the most lacking characteristic in today’s marriages…

(Eph 5:25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

 

Husbands, love your wives,

Because of the great possibility of the husband’s abuse of their authority, they are absolutely required to “love” their wives. In the Greek language there are four main words for “love”, only two of which are used in the New Testament:

1. eros – the physical, intimate, sensual type of love, not used in the Bible
2. storge – the natural affection of family members, not used in the Bible
3. phileo – love of the brethren, it is affection to family, friends, acquaintances or even activities, used in the Bible
4. agape – the deepest, greatest form of love, it is sacrificial and unconditional, used in the Bible

 

In this text, husbands are told to hold the greatest love towards their wives, “agape” love. Agape love causes the husband to sacrifice himself for the benefit of his wife… It is the type of love that does not ask “How can I profit from you?”; but, instead, asks “How can I be of benefit to you?”

It is a love that says:

“I will choose to endure suffering to secure your wellbeing”;
“I will choose to love you in spite of being wronged by you”;
“I will suffer loss so that you might gain.”

It is this type of love that CANNOT be a cause of abuse, but in actuality will oppose abuse. To abuse or mistreat a wife is to prove that agape love is non-existent.

God loved us with that same type of love. He loved us when we did not love Him and He gave His Son when we did not deserve His Son and His work on our behalf.   Because God did all this for us, shouldn’t we display His love to others by loving them in the same way?

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”   (1 John 4:10-11)

Shouldn’t a husband hold this love towards his wife (above all others)?

 

This is also the type of love that Christ holds for His assemblies as a body and as individual members…

even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Christ loved His local assemblies with the same type of self-sacrificial love. He gave His life, not only for His chosen people but for His local assemblies as well.

Act 20:28 XE “Act 20\:28 KJV – “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

It was these acts of sacrifice by Christ that displayed His great love for His people and His churches. Think about it…

God the Son being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”(Philippians 2:6-8)

What tremendous sacrifices He made on our behalf, even though we did not deserve it, nor could we pay Him back for it!   WHAT GREAT LOVE!

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.(John 15:13)

 

APPLICATION:

Husband’s love your wives, realizing they are a gift of God’s grace, given to you specifically to love and cherish. May we all recognize His great goodness to us! May we seek to care for our wives, motivated by a self-sacrificial love and a desire to display the love of Christ to a lost and dying world.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
SIH Video Blog: http://youtube.com/settledinheaven/
SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:24

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

 

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

 

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

 

Not only does the role of the husband in the marriage relationship a picture of Christ’s relationship to His local assembly, but now Paul teaches us that the assembly’s subjection to Christ sets the example for the wife in the marital relationship…

 

(Eph 5:24) Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

 

 

Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ,

In this text, we are told that the local church’s relationship to her Head, Jesus Christ, should be one of “subjection”.

 

What does the Bible mean by the term “subject”? In actuality, the Greek word translated “subject” is the word “hupotasso” which is the same word that described the wife’s relationship to her husband in vs. 22. This word was translated “submit” in vs 22.

 

From our devotional in vs 22, we saw that being “subject to” or “in submission to” simply means to place under in an orderly fashion and emphasizes these two basic ideas:

1. it involves arrangement producing order, harmony and longevity of the family
2. it involves compliance, submission and unity
We can see these ideas presented to us in a practical way in 1 Corinthians 12:. In this text, the Lord shows us that as the church submits to the Lord’s desires in the use of spiritual gifts, it results in unity, harmony, order and an effective ministry for Him. This principle applies to every area of a local church’s ministry…

 

1Co 12:12-31 KJV – “…  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.

If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.

And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.   Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.

For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

 

so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

Just as the church is to be in submission to her Head, so too, a wife should be in submission to her husband.

 

In vs 22, we looked at the wife’s submission to her husband in great detail and came to the conclusion that to be “in submission” simply means to the wife is to place herself under the husband in an orderly fashion and emphasizes to basic ideas:

1. it involves arrangement producing order, harmony and longevity of the family
2. it involves compliance, submission and unity
3. it does not refer to “blind obedience” because this opens up the possibility of harm and abuse and an eventual destruction of the family unit.
4. it does not refer to a “silence” on the part of the wife. She is to kindly share her thoughts, desires and understanding of God’s will in all the major family decisions. And the husband, out of love and a desire for her well-being, is to seriously consider all she says and allow them to weight very heavily in the joint-decision making process.

 

APPLICATION:

 

For those who are married, we need to remember that the relationship between Christ and His local assemblies gives to us an example of the type of relationship that should exist between the husband and wife in a marital union.

The union of Christ/church and the husband/wife are wonderfully reciprocal relationships. The union of Christ/church sets the example for the husband/wife union; while the husband/wife union reveals the relationship of Christ/church to the world around us.

May we thank the Lord for His grace in giving us these unique relationships that aid our marital relationships and our outward testimony of Christ to a lost and dying world.

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:23b

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

Eph 5:22-33 KJV

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

As we begin looking at the grace of relationships, Paul focuses on the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. In this text, Paul explains that the authority held by the husband in a marriage are quite similar to the authority held by Christ over His “bride” the local assembly of believers…

 

Eph 5:23b KJV

even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

Paul helps us to understand that the relationship between a husband and wife is a symbolic representation of the relationship between Christ and His local assembly.

In the previous part of this verse we are told that “For the husband is the head of the wife” . Paul now continues by making a comparison to the husband/wife relationship…

 

even as Christ is the head of the church:

The husband’s headship is likened to the headship of Christ over the local assembly.   In our previous study, we saw that the headship of the husband involved three basic principles…

1. receipt and processing of sensory information (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching.)
2. decision making
3. influence over the body

 

These principles apply to the headship of Christ as well…

1. Christ is the source of and retainer of all spiritual truth and knowledge of events of this world past, present and even future. These events come to pass as the result of His sovereign decrees. (Psa 33:8-9)
2. Christ, knowing the end from the beginning, then issues His revealed will to mankind. (Job 33:16-17)
3. Christ, in the person of the Holy Spirit, then reveals His will to His churches (and members individually) and works in their midst influencing the church. His influence brings about unity, harmony, and the meeting of the needs of the church as a body. (1 Corinthians 12:1-31)

 

and he is the saviour of the body.

As the head of the local assembly, Christ is also the Savior of the assembly. Just as Christ died in payment for the sins of His chosen people, so too, Christ also died for the sins of local assemblies as a body…

 

Act 20:28 KJV – “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

 

What are some of the sins that can be committed by a local church?

1. acceptance of heretical teachings
2. refusal to exercise church discipline on members who have fallen into sin
3. failure to fulfill the Great Commission
4. using unscriptural methods during the course of worship services and other ministries

 

All of these sins, and many others, are in need of deliverance from the penalty and power of these sins through the work of Christ. In this sense, Christ (as the head of the local church) also assumes the role of Savior of the church body.

 

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

For those who are married, we need to remember that the relationship between the husband and wife lays forth a symbolic picture of the relationship between Christ and the local assembly. Oh, how important it is to remember that our testimony of Christ to the lost world is affected by our fulfillment of our God-given roles within marriage. Not only has the Lord graced us by giving us our spouses, but also gives us a wonderful opportunity to glorify Him through the marriage union.

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:23a

SIH TOTT ICON

“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

Eph 5:22-33 KJV

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

As we begin looking at the grace of relationships, Paul focuses on the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. In this text, Paul explains that the authority held by the husband in a marriage are quite similar to the authority held by Christ over His “bride” the local assembly of believers…

 

Eph 5:23 KJV

(23) For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.

 

For the husband is the head of the wife, 

Here, Paul describes the position of authority held by the husband as “the head”.   What does this term involve?

The Greek word translated “head” is the common word for the body part. There is really very little in the definition that I can see in this to help us understand Paul’s meaning.

However, if we apply the idea of the role of the physical head to the physical body, we can learn much about the role of man in the marital relationship.

 

The three most basic, yet important roles of the head are:
1. receipt and processing of sensory information (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching.)
2. decision making
3. influence over the body

 

Basically, the role of the head is to receive all the pertinent information, process it, decide the appropriate response and then lead the body to take action.

 

This is the basic role of the husband in the marital union…

 

1. He is to receive all the necessary information concerning the Lord’s desires (as found in the Word), the woman’s desires and wellbeing, and the effects on the entire family etc etc.

1Pe 3:7 KJV – Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

 

2. He then makes the decision based upon the Lord’s will first, what is best for His wife and the entire family, and then, lastly, his desires.

 

3. Then he is to lead his family through instruction, and example setting, to bring about a willing compliance to that which he has decided.

(Please note: a husband is NEVER to bring about compliance by force, but is to patiently win over the family members through his teachings and example. A forced compliance is really no compliance at all. At the least it only causes hypocrisy and is a type of abuse. This applies to any position of leadership, whether Pastor or Husband or Master etc – 1Pe 5:2 KJV – …taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;)

 

The husband, as the head of the family will answer directly to Christ for his actions as the head and the actions of the entire family. This judgment will be based upon his faithfulness to lead them in a way that is pleasing to the Lord….

1 Corinthians 11:3 – But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

 

In our next devotional we will look at how man’s headship in the family is a picture of Christ’s headship over the local assembly.

 

APPLICATION:

As we look at the role of the head of our family unit, let us all come to a greater appreciation of those who lead in a God pleasing way.  With this appreciation let us all seek to follow their leadership and support them in their efforts through prayer and a willing compliance to their Godly decisions.

Folks, leadership in the family is a tremendous responsibility, with many possible avenues of failure. May we all praise the Lord for His grace in the lives of those who are faithful leaders.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:22b

SIH TOTT ICONReflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

 

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

EXPOSITION:

As we begin looking at the grace of relationships, Paul focuses on the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. In particular he describes for us the relationship of a Godly wife towards her husband…

 

Eph 5:22 KJV

(22) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

Please keep in mind, based upon our previous study, we have seen that a wife’s submission must be linked to a husband’s self-sacrificial, unconditional love for the wife. Submission to an unloving, selfish husband only results in abuse and harm to the wife. This is why the young bride to be must be certain she is marrying one who will love her and care for her sacrificially.

 

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands,

Here we find Paul’s beginnings instructions to Godly wives. Wives are told here to “submit yourselves to your own husbands”.  What does Paul mean by this?

First, let’s take a quick look at the word “submit”.  “Submit” is translated from two Greek parts that are fused together “hupotasso”:

1. “hupo” – which simply means “under” or “beneath”
2. “tasso” – means “to place in an orderly fashion” or “to arrange”

 

“hupotasso” simply means to place under in an orderly fashion and emphasizes to basic ideas:

1. it involves arrangement producing order, harmony and longevity of the family
2. it involves compliance, submission and unity
3. it does not refer to “blind obedience” because this opens up the possibility of harm and abuse and an eventual destruction of the family unit.
4. it does not refer to a “silence” on the part of the wife. She is to kindly share her thoughts, desires and understanding of God’s will in all the major family decisions. And the husband, out of love and a desire for her well-being, is to seriously consider all she says and allow them to weight very heavily in the joint-decision making process.

 

Folks, some of the great blessings that can be had through a wife’s submission to her husband is order, harmony and unity within the family unit.

 

Why should the wife be willing to place herself in a position of compliance underneath the authority of her loving husband?

1. The husband will be held DIRECTLY ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LORD FOR THE LIVES OF ALL THE FAMILY MEMBERS.

Therefore, it only makes sense that the wife would work with the husband and seek to fulfill his desires for the family unit, since he is ultimately accountable to the Lord for his family.

As long as her husband’s requests will lead her to live a Godly life, she is responsible to follow his leadership. However, if the husband asks the wife to do something that is ungodly, she is no longer responsible to follow his leading in this area but she is to submit to the Lord’s will instead.

 

2. The husband, if he loves the Lord and his wife as he should, WILL BE ALWAYS WORKING FOR THE LORD’S WILL TO BE DONE AND HIS WIFE’S BENEFIT TO BE HAD.

He will be consistently placing the Lord’s will first in his decision making process, while placing his wife’s good secondly in the process. He will always place himself last in his decision making. He is to only make self-beneficial decisions if they are aligned with God’s will for his family and his wife will benefit, and in no way harmed, in the process.

 

If we stop and think about it, when the husband is consistently placing God’s will for his family first in his decision making and, then, placing his wife’s wellbeing second, the wife should greatly desire to follow the leadership of the husband and arrange herself under his authority. The only hindrance to a woman’s submission is her belief the the husband’s decisions will cause her to displease God or harm her personally. Apart from these basic principles, the wife has no Scriptural excuse for not placing herself in submission to her husband’s authority.

 

Some of goals a submissive wife seeks to accomplish are:

1. To fulfill areas of shortcoming for man. Where husband is weak she is to step in and meet needs.
2. To have complimentary abilities and talents, being able to accomplish what her husband is unable to accomplish
3. To love her husband and family (shown by her submission and reverence)
4. To be willing to sacrifice herself for the benefit of her family and husband
5. She is to work towards his growth and maturity spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically by helping him to achieve his goals and desires
6. She is to watch over and protect him through counsel and supportive actions
7. She is to not abuse him physically or emotionally (how can she protect him and aid him through abuse? How can she love him sacrificially if she is abusing him?)
8. She is to protect his reputation and public testimony

These are all attributes of a Godly wife as she seeks to be in submission to the Lord and her husband.

 

as unto the Lord.

By the Godly wife placing herself in submission to her loving husband she is, in effect submitting to the Lord Himself. How can this be? Perhaps the greatest motivation behind a wife’s submission to her husband is the fact that Christ desires for her to do so. The act of submission to her husband is also an act of submission to her Lord and Savior.

 

 

APPLICATION:

 

The closing verse of this section of Scripture will be a very fitting closing verse for this devotional…

 

“Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”    

 

What more can be said? If both of these (husband’s love and wife’s submission) be present in a marriage there is no greater earthly relationship to be had.

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/
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SIH Email: settledinheaven@gmail.com

SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:22a

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)

 

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.   For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within ama Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.

 

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II.        The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III.        The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)

 

FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:

 

https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/marriage-divorce-and-remarriage-1-the-marriage-covenant/

 

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

As we begin looking at the grace of relationships, Paul focuses on the marriage relationship between a man and a woman. In particular he describes for us the relationship of a Godly wife towards her husband…

 

Eph 5:22 KJV

(22) Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

 Before we begin looking at the relationship of the Godly wife to her husband, it is of extreme importance that we understand the entire context of this passage. Many false notions about a wife’s submission to her husband has come about as a result of forgetting the context of this passage.

 

I would like us to note a few verses in the very near context…

(24) Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

This verse helps us to understand that the wife’s relationship with her husband is very similar to the local church’s relationship to Christ. What is the basic principle of Christ’s relationship to His local churches and, by implication, the relationship of the husband to the wife? It is submission to ONE WHO LOVES THE SUBMISSIVE.

 

This love is exhibited in three ways, as shown to us in later verses of this same text…

1. an unconditional love
(33) Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself;

2. a self-sacrificial love
(25) Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

3. a love that only works for the good of the other.
(28-29)So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

 

Folks, for us to ever come to a Scriptural understanding of the wife’s submission to the husband, we must keep it in the context of the husband’s love for the wife. This is of utmost importance. Stop and think about it, when the husband truly loves the wife…

1. he is to be willing to sacrifice himself for her wellbeing

2. he is to constantly put her first ALWAYS working for her good even at his expense

3. he is to care for her physical needs (food, clothing, shelter)

4. he is to work towards her growth and maturity spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and physically

5. he is to help her to achieve her goals and desires

6. he is to help her thrive

7. he is to meet her needs of physical and emotional intimacy,

8. he is to watch over and protect her physically and through counsel and service

9. he is to be physically present with her (how else can he meet her intimacy needs and protect her?)

10. he is to protect her reputation and public testimony

11. he is to honor her as a weaker vessel

12. he is to not abuse her physically or emotionally. How can he protect her, if he is abusing her? How can he help her to thrive, if he is abusing her? How can he love her sacrificially, if he is harming her?

If the husband is doing all of this for the wife, will not submission to him become a natural and desired response of the wife. If she KNOWS he is always working for her welfare and making decisions that place her benefit above his own, does it not only make sense that she will submit to him?

I truly believe that, over the years, women have begun to reject the idea of submission to their husbands because of the husband’s lack of love and care of the wife. I lay much of the blame upon abusive, unloving husbands as the reason for the departure from Biblical principles of submission in the marriage. How can anyone expect a wife to be in submission to her husband when he lives a selfish life that only take advantage of her and uses her solely for his own benefit?

In our next lesson we will begin our verse by verse devotionals by looking at the nature of Biblical submission in Ephesians 5:22.

 

APPLICATION:

The closing verse of this section of Scripture will be a very fitting closing verse for this devotional…

“Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”    

What more can be said? If both of these (husband’s love and wife’s submission) be present in a marriage there is no greater earthly relationship to be had.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:21

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)

 

Eph 5:15-21 KJV

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

 

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of WISDOM (5:15-21). The Biblical concept of “wisdom” is “the application of God’s Word to our lives”. To be “wise” is to apply the truths of God to our daily living. This is true wisdom and flows from the gracious hand of our Lord.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives Universally (vs 15)
II.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives To Use Time Profitably (vs 16)
III.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives By Recognizing God’s Will For Us (vs 17)
IV.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives Through Self-Control (vs 18)
V.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives To Praise and Thank Him (vs 19-20)
VI.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives By Submission To Others (vs 21)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

 

After explaining the need for us to be “filled with the Spirit”, Paul now teaches us concerning the characteristics of those who are filled with the Spirit (ie are submitted to the Spirit’s control in every area of our lives.)
In our preceding devotional, Paul taught us that:
1. inward personal praise
2. acknowledgement and appreciation of the Lord’s blessings
were two characteristics of those who are submitted to the Spirit’s leadership in their entire being.

 

 

He now continues with a third characteristic …

 

(Eph 5:21) Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

 

 

Submitting yourselves one to another

 
Paul reminds us that, if we are in submission to the Spirit’s leadership in our lives, we will find ourselves in submission to those around us. In other words, we will willingly begin to live our lives for the good of others. It involves being willing to give of ourselves (our time, our possessions, our accompaniment, our counsel and advice etc etc) to help meet the needs of those around us.
In context, Paul is speaking to the members of the church at Ephesus. When he tells us to be submissive “one to another” he is referring to:
1.   all others around us (including strangers and enemies)
Mat 5:38-48 KJV –
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.”
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
“For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”

 

2. particularly, other Christian brothers and sisters
1Pe 1:22-23 KJV –
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

 

 

3. but most especially, fellow members of the local assembly.
1Co 12:12-21 KJV –
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.   For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”
“If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? “
“But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.”

 

This is the three-fold responsibility that belongs to the people of God.

 

in the fear of God.

Our willingness to live our lives for the good of others should be motivated by “the fear of God”.
The word translated “fear” is the Greek word “phobos”. It is the same word from which we get the English word “phobia”. It describes “alarm” or “fright” and is translated in the New Testament as “fear”, “exceedingly afraid”, and “terror”. It is clear to see that, in this passage, “fear” is not simply talking about a reverence for the Lord, but it is actually speaking of a literal fear of the Lord.
Why does Paul use such a strong word to describe our motivation to help others from a heart of love? It is because the love we show to others is, perhaps, the greatest mark of a genuine salvation experience…

 

1Jn 3:11-19 KJV
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.   Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.”
“We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”
“Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.”

 

If we do not love … it is ABSOLUTE PROOF we are not saved; if we are not saved… we will face God’s eternal wrath. Certainly, this is the ultimate reason to allow the fear of God to motivate our love and sacrifice for others.
 
 
 

APPLICATION:

 

Folks are we “filled with the Spirit?” (ie have we handed over every aspect of our lives to the control of the Spirit?) If so, we will see these different characteristics of that filling in our lives….
1. Our minds will be filled with meditation on the Word, inward joy, satisfaction and contentment centered on Christ, and an attitude of reverence and honor for the greatness of the Lord and His works on our behalf.
2. We will be willing and thankful to undergo any circumstance in life as we recognize our Lord is in absolute control of our circumstances, and is working all things out for our eventual good.
3. We will find ourselves loving others and seeking to give of ourselves for their benefit.

 

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:19

SIH TOTT ICON

“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

 

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

 

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of WISDOM (5:15-21). The Biblical concept of “wisdom” is “the application of God’s Word to our lives”. To be “wise” is to apply the truths of God to our daily living. This is true wisdom and flows from the gracious hand of our Lord.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives Universally (vs 15)

II.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives To Use Time Profitably (vs 16)

III.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives By Recognizing God’s Will For Us (vs 17)

IV.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives Through Self-Control (vs 18)

V.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives To Praise and Thank Him (vs 19-20)

VI.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives By Submission To Others (vs 21)

 

 

EXPOSITION:

After explaining the need for us to be “filled with the Spirit”, Paul now teaches us concerning the characteristics of those who are filled with the Spirit (ie are submitted to the Spirit’s control in every rea of our lives.)

(Ephesians 5:19-20) Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

 

Here is a listing of the two of the main characteristics of a person filled with the Spirit…

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 

Characteristic #1… inward, personal praise… “Speaking to yourselves” .

Is this verse describing us singing and praising God in a public way to each other in a local assembly (“yourselves”), or is this verse describing singing and praising the Lord inwardly as a personal act (“yourselves”)?

This question is very highly debated among sound Bible believers. The answer lies in the word “yourselves”. To whom was Paul speaking when he used the term “yourselves”? All I can do is share my thoughts with you and ask you to prayerfully study these things on your own.

The Greek word translated “yourselves” is found MANY times in the NT. It is used, at times, to mean…

1. “oneself” and is translated “alone”, “himself”, “herself” , and “your own”. It these cases, it is clearly speaking of a single individual with no other person in view.

2. “one group” and is translated “your own selves”, “themselves” and ”they”. In these cases, the word normally speaks of a specific group that contains many members.

 

My point is this, by simply studying the Greek word used here we cannot come to answer to our question because the word “yourselves” can be used in either way. However, if we look a bit farther in the verse, I believe it clearly solves our dilemma.

Later in the same verse, we read the phrase “in your heart to the Lord”. This phrase CLARIFIES the type of praise which is spoken. It clearly is referring to an inward praise coming from the heart and spirit of the believer.   Although the public worship of the Lord through the singing of songs is one way of praising Him, we need to understand that is not the type of singing of which this text speaks.

If an individual is under the Spirit’s control in every area of life (filled with the Spirit), they will consistently honor the Lord through three differing aspects of praise of the heart…

1. psalms – rehearsing of God’s Word. This word commonly refers to the Book of Psalms in the NT

2. hymns – celebration of the Lord and His works. This word comes from an uncommon root word meaning “joyous celebration”

3. spiritual songs – Spirit led honor, admiration and reverence. This word describes “songs of worship”

 

The Spirit filled believer will find their heart and mind filled with praise to the Lord. This praise will take the form of meditation on the Word, inward joy, satisfaction and contentment centered on Christ, and an attitude of reverence and honor for the greatness of the Lord and His works on our behalf.

This praise is likened to outward singing (“singing”) and playing of instruments (“making melody”) that brought honor and glory to the Lord during times of OT worship. Much like music brings praise to the Lord and refreshes the spirit of man, this type of “singing and making melody” of the heart holds the same results for our inward man.

 

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Characteristic #2… acknowledgment of the manifold blessings of the Lord found in every circumstance of life… “Giving thanks always”

For those filled with the Spirit, the recognition of God’s control of all things (Dan 4:35), linked together with faith in His promise “all things work together for good to them that love God…” (Roms 8:28), results in a willingness to endure all things, as they submit every area of their life to His will and way.

This is the key to being thankful in all conditions of life… recognize the Lord will always work for our good as we submit our entire being to His will.

Our thankfulness should be pointed towards the Triune God (all three persons are active in bringing about His will in our lives). And should be presented to God based upon Christ and His work on our behalf. It is the work of Christ which gives us access to the Father and makes our thankfulness acceptable in the sight of God.

 

APPLICATION:

Folks are we “filled with the Spirit?” (ie have we handed over every aspect of our lives to the control of the Spirit?) If so, we will see these different characteristics of that filling in our lives….

1. Our minds will be filled with meditation on the Word, inward joy, satisfaction and contentment centered on Christ, and an attitude of reverence and honor for the greatness of the Lord and His works on our behalf.

2. We will be willing and thankful to undergo any circumstance in life as we recognize our Lord is in absolute control of our circumstances, and is working all things out for our eventual good.

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

 

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Ephesians 5:18

SIH TOTT ICON“Reflections Of His Grace”

“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)

“See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.  

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians.  Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3).  It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.

In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.

  1. The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
  2. The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
  3. The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
  4. The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
  5. The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
  6. The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
  7. The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
  8. The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)

The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of WISDOM (5:15-21).  The Biblical concept of “wisdom” is “the application of God’s Word to our lives”.  To be “wise” is to apply the truths of God to our daily living.  This is true wisdom and flows from the gracious hand of our Lord.

Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:

I.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives Universally (vs 15)
II.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives To Use Time Profitably (vs 16)
III.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives By Recognizing God’s Will For Us (vs 17)
IV.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives Through Self-Control (vs 18)
V.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives To Praise and Thank Him (vs 19-20)
VI.        Applying God’s Word To Our Lives By Submission To Others (vs 21)

EXPOSITION:

 

(Ephesians 5:18)  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

Paul has explained the need to live wise lives in an effort to redeem the time.  He now continues by emphasizing a key to wise living…. keeping our flesh under the control of the Spirit.

 

 

 

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;

Paul clearly explains to us of the need to abstain from becoming intoxicated by wine.   Why, because within intoxication is found “excess”.   What does Paul mean by the term “excess”?  The Greek word translated “excess” is the word “asotia” which literally means “undelivered” or “to be lacking salvation”.

What is the principle Paul is trying to relate to us?  When an individual is intoxicated, he is allowing the desires of his flesh to rule his life.  When intoxicated people begin to lose their inhibitions, they lose control over their speech and actions, and (when extremely intoxicated) can actually lose all knowledge and remembrance of their actions.  This mirrors the life of an unsaved individual who is characterized in the Bible as being under the control of sin and their flesh…

They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?   Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.   And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: [but] the Son abideth ever.   If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  (John 8:33-36)

 

Based upon all of this, it is important to recognize that if a Christian becomes intoxicated, he is placing himself in a position where his flesh is controlling his actions and speech and is allowing himself to live as if he was a lost man.  What a shame for any Christian to willfully allow himself to appear as if he is a lost man.

Just a quick note:  Please keep in mind that Paul is taking a very clear stand against drunkness (to be saturated with alcohol).   He is not speaking out against the proper use of alcohol.

The Bible describes alcohol as holding medicinal value for mankind…

In Proverbs 31:6-7, 1 Timothy 5:23 – we find the use of an intoxicating beverage for a medicinal uses:
1.  as a pain-killer and sedative to those who are dying
2.  as an anti-depressant to those who are facing great grief and sorrow.
3.  used to treat sicknesses of the digestive tract

(To this day, we find alcohol (in rather large percentages) in many of our medicines due to its medicinal value .)

So, it is very important for us to understand that alcohol due to its medicinal value, when used strictly in moderation, can be considered a blessing from the Lord given for the good of mankind (Psalm 104:14-15).

But the abuse and over-indulgence of wine is man’s great downfall….

But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they go astray in vision, they stumble in judgment.”  (Isaiah 28:7)

 

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, worldy jealousies, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”   (Galatians 5:19-21)

 

 

but be filled with the Spirit;

Instead of allowing alcohol to control the Christian’s life, we are to submit our lives to the rulership of the Holy Spirit of God. Spirit filling, although a Sovereign act of God, can come about when we willfully submit our ways to the indwelling Spirit.

To be “filled” with the Spirit is describing the Spirit influencing every aspect of our life and intervening in our lives enabling us to serve Him in great ways.

Note EVERY Biblical example of those filled with His Spirit perform great acts of service for Christ…

1.  Israelites filled to build the tabernacle (Ex 28:3, 31:3, 35:31)
2.  Joshua to lead the Israelites (Deut 34:9)
3.  John the Baptist to recognize Jesus from the womb (Luke 1:15)
4.  Elizabeth to prophesy of Mary and Christ  (Luke 1:41,67)
5.  Christ filled for His earthly ministry and death (Luke 4:1)
6.  Pentecost to minister gospel through spiritual gifts (Acts 2:4)
7.  Peter and John to speak to the rulers of Israel (Acts 4:8,31)
8.  First Deacons of church to enable for service as deacons (Acts 6:3,5)
9.  Stephen to give his life for Christ (Acts 7:55)
10.  Paul to preach Christ  (Acts 9:17)
11.  Barnabus to be faithful as a missionary and aid to Paul (Acts 11:24)
12.  Paul to answer Elymas (Acts 13:9)
13.  Paul and Barnabus to remain faithful in the face of severe persecution (Acts 13:52)

We can see from this listing the wonderful way the Lord can use those who are filled with His Spirit.

In our next lesson we will look at characteristics of those who are filled with the Spirit.

 

 

APPLICATION:

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”

May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more! 

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