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Christ and the Family (Ephesians 5:18-6:4)

Blake White, August 13, 2017
Part of the Laurelville series, preached at a Laurelville service

In light of all that Paul says in Ephesians 1-3 about God's work in bringing us to life and creating us as the new humanity in Christ, Ephesians 4-6 tells us how to live in this new reality. Ephesians 5:18-6:9 all falls under the main verb of 5:18, "be filled," and 5:22-6:4 tells us that life in the physical family is one way in which we live this Spirit-filled, Spirit-controlled life.

I. Wives: submit (5:22-24).
II. Husbands: love (5:25-33).
III. Children: obey (6:1-3).
IV. Parents: train (6:4).
V. What's the "win"?

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Ephesians 5:18-6:4

18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their 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 Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (ESV)

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