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19 July 2013


Ephesians - Part 8 (Relationships), Review

 

Ephesians 5:14-21: 14. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19. Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21. Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

What is meant by awake thou that sleep, and arise from the dead? Psalms 76:5-6: 5. The stouthearted are spoiled, they have slept their sleep: and none of the men of might have found their hands. 6. At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. Horses are strong, unclean thoughts and chariots are the messages of change (Ps 68:17 - KJ “angels” should be “changes”) brought by the horses. Horse’s mouths must be held in by bit and bridle (Ps 32:9), or, the law. Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death (Ps 13:3). Without light from Christ, a person is spiritually dead and walking in darkness; God rebukes with the truth.

What is meant by redeeming the time? The Greek literally means to buy up, figurative of rescue. Take advantage of the time you have. Everyday you delay studying, seeking the Lord for understanding and for overcoming is time lost. Do not put off until tomorrow, what can be done today in knowing the will of the Lord for yourself. I believe that we are living in the last days of this planet and every moment is precious. Submit to one another in the fear of God: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14: 13. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments (spoken to the conscience): for this is the whole duty of man. 14. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.

What are the positive characteristics of “submission?” Obedience, a humble spirit; and from the root - arrange under in an orderly manner. So, if Christ is the head of the man, and the man is the head of the woman, then are we each arranged under Him in an orderly manner. If all is in gospel order, can a husband and wife expect to have problems in the flesh from time to time? Very definitely. Trials, however, are opportunities to grow closer to become one flesh. What causes a person to not be in submission? Corrupt thinking.

Wives, verses 22-24: 22. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. 24. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. How are the wives to be submissive to their husbands? as unto the Lord. 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. How can a wife “revere” her husband? The Greek word for “revere” has a basic meaning of to be in awe. The archaic meaning from the 1590s is inspiring good, be profoundly reverential. This can be done by showing humility and respect, and can only be fully accomplished in Christ.

Husbands, verses 25-29: 25. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26. That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27. 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. 28. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. 29. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: What did Christ give for the church? His life. What did giving His life involve? Living an example of a totally peaceful life; gave up immortality, took the human nature, suffered right along side mankind, suffered constant temptation, as do we. Not one human has given this much! THIS is the principle by which a husband is to treat and to love his wife. Can one-sided submission work in a marriage? Not likely, but perhaps it is possible in the Lord.

Verses 30-31: 30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31. 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. How do we become part of the body of Christ? 1 Timothy 1:19: Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Answer the call to come out of the confusion. The literal body consists of eyes, hands, feet, etc., representing the different gifts members bring and can be utilized in sharing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What does it mean for a man and woman to become one flesh? While living in the flesh they are to live the same life according to the spiritual principles of the Lord. They are individuals who think differently, but are one with each other in the same spiritual principles by which they live and raise their children.

KJ has of his flesh, and of his bones, when it should read from his flesh, and from his bones, indicating the source of what brings one into the body of Christ. Literally, the bones generate the blood, which is the life of the flesh, or the outward part that we see. The blood is a symbol for the soul (Lv 17:11 - KJ “life” = soul). Bones are a symbol the inner person: Job 20:11: His bones are full of the sin of his youth...; Ezekiel 37:1-2, 11: 1. The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, 2. And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.... 11. Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel... Dry bones represent sin, where as righteousness is represented by moist bones that are full of marrow (Pr 3:7-8; Job 21:24). With people, we can see the flesh, i.e. what they do, but we cannot see what is in the heart (bones). We become part of the body of Christ by reading about His activities, and receiving understanding from His inner self.
Here are some bone references:
Proverbs 17:22: A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
Proverbs 16: 24: Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
Proverbs 14:30: A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Proverbs 12:4: A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. A healthy marriage is peaceful and an allegory of the bride to the bridegroom: His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns (Rv 19:12)... The crowns represent those whom have yielded their lives to be ruled by the righteousness of Christ. It is the riches produced by Christ in His people.

Children: Ephesians 6:1-3: 1. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2. Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3. That it may be well with thee, and thou may live long on the [inhibited land]. How do children learn obedience? Parents are teachers, especially the mother. So, if parents do not have a proper relationship to each other and to God, their teaching will be flawed and their influence on their children negative. Who are our spiritual parents? The Father and Son.

Servants/Masters: Ephesians 6:5-9: 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; 6. Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; 7. With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: 8. Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. 9. 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. What is meant by being obedient according to the flesh? Outward obedience as one goes about performing daily tasks for which they are being paid. Spiritual obedience should be to God only. What is meant by eye service, as men pleasers? Being diligent to work when the boss is present, but being lax when he is not able to see you. Perform your work conscientiously as rendering service to the Lord, rather than to please man. Psalms 123:2: 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. Proverbs 25:13: As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refreshes the soul of his masters.

Masters are advised to render the same toward the servants/employees. Forbear threatening - i.e. lead and govern by love rather than fear and intimidation. Colossians 3:22: Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: Colossians 4:1: Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

Ephesians 6:23: Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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