3
Dec
2014

Ephesians 5.22-6:9 Displaying God’s Wisdom In Our Families

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 Eph 5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 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. (NKJV)

 1. How we conduct ourselves in our marriage and family relationships can greatly affect our efforts to make known "the manifold wisdom of God"...

   a. Marriages and families that are "dysfunctional" serve only to give a false impression to the claims we make about the gospel and its power to transform lives

   b. Whereas marriages and families based upon the teachings of God's Word can speak volumes as to the value of principles inherent in the gospel; such principles as:

      1) Submitting to God and others in authority

      2) Exercising authority with sacrificial love

      3) Obeying those placed over us by God

      4) Developing others through training and admonition, not intimidation

      5) Rendering service that is sincere, not hypocritical

      6) Exercising authority with justice and fairness