Relationships (Part Two)

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on July 28, 2013
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Ephesians 4:1-6 Christianity is not just a weekly meeting but a lifestyle based upon virtues that are much different than is common to most people.

Ephesians 4:15 & 16
We each are to contribute to one another.

Ephesians 5:21
- Christian or biblical subjection is our normal way of life to the government, church leadership, parents, elders, or husband.

Galatians 5:13 & 14; Philippians 2:3-5
- A person at peace within himself due to his relationship with God is one who can willingly submit to others. Since he is at peace within himself, he is not threatened by authority of others.

Ephesians 5:22-31
The marriage is a practical example of how our family is to function with each person committed to loving and serving the others.

- She is provided a clear standard to determine her responsibility as a wife.

- The husband is given an extraordinary standard to emulate.

– As Christ sanctified the church, so the husband selects and sets apart this wife as his own to love, cherish, protect, honor, help, provide for, and commit to for life.

“By the washing of water with the word” - Christ lived the Word, taught the Word, and brought the Word into the relationship; likewise, husbands are to do with their wives.

– “Might present to himself” He worked with the church helping us become what he wanted us to be.

“Having no stop or wrinkle” is figurative language − the opposite of holy and blameless. 1Peter 2:13; Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 1:22

–“Nourish” means to promote the growth, to furnish or sustain with nutriment.

Cherish – to hold dear, feel or show affection, to keep or cultivate with care

- Christ nourishes and cherishes the church as being of one flesh with him. The concept leads us to the next verse which speaks of the husband and wife being one flesh.

- The first occurrence is in Luke 2:51 when Jesus went with Joseph and Mary to Nazareth and he continued to be in subjection to them.

Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
- That your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you.

Exodus 21:17; Le 20:6-9; 2Kings 2:21-ff

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