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

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

18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; 21Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23For 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. 24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 27That 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. 28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband. 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) 3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. (KJV)

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