So far, we have discussed the idea that we need to walk worthy of our calling. If we are to be salt and light in this world, we need to know what that looks like in a practical sense.
We have looked at the truths of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ with respect to our position with God and how we can impact the world for Christ as a result. (Ephesians Chapters 1-3)
We have considered putting off the old man, putting on the new man, renewing our minds, and my Pastor’s thoughts that “a new life demands a new lifestyle”.
We have examined Biblical behaviors such as kindness, tenderheartedness, and forgiveness for the growth and edification of the body of Christ. (Ephesians Chapter 4)
Today, we continue walking through the book of Ephesians in Chapter 5 which begins with a reminder that we should be imitators of Christ by walking in love in the same way that He has “loved us and given Himself for us”.
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” ~1 John 3:16
Verse 8 says:
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” ~Ephesians 5:8
We are reminded not only not to partake in the things of darkness, but that “it is shameful even to speak of those things.”
Verse 14 says:
“Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Verses 15-21 encourage us to walk in wisdom, be filled with the Spirit, giving thanks always, and submitting to one another in the fear (or reverence and respect) of God.
Verse 22 begins a discussion on submission that makes many women very uncomfortable.
Before I lose you, let me be quick to say that Scripture is never intended to be pulled out of context, but to be read and understood within its proper framework. Let us not miss verse 21.
Before Paul says in verse 22, “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord”, he states in verse 21 that we must all submit “to one another in the fear of God.”
He then addresses the husbands and instructs them to “love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (v. 25)
And later, “So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.” (v. 28-29)
Unfortunately, space doesn’t allow for me to address this topic fully here. (I am writing a book on marriage where I have discussed this idea at length.)
At this point, let me just say that no woman should fear submitting to her husband as to the Lord when her husband lives a life called for by these Scriptures.
A husband who loves his wife with the love of Christ, who loves her as he loves himself, and who nourishes and cherishes her is worthy of her submission and respect.
“Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” ~Ephesians 5:33
This is one of the most quoted and most misunderstood verses in the Bible with respect to marriage. I wish I had time to develop this more fully, but please consider that when both parties strive for a Biblical marriage in this sense, there should be no issue with either love or respect.
Both come as a natural result of “submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
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