Gene Cunningham - June 9, 2003

Ephesians #44

Ephesians #44

Authority is delegated by God; rebelling against legitimate authority, is rebelling against God (Rom 13:1-8). Our self-determination comes from God. The Spirit's control is paramount for other relationships to work as designed (Eph 5:22-33). God chose the marriage roles for deliverance. Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church and his own body. Love is first a decision, then an act, then a feeling. Christ was willing to sacrifice His rights, Himself, His desires (Eph 5:25, 2Co 8:9). Love is sacrificial and beneficial (Eph 5:26-27). "Cleanse" removes barriers allowing open, free and full relationship. A right relationship "gives" himself the gift he has chosen. Spots, wrinkles, blemishes are obstacles to holiness -- "wholeness" -- not missing any benefit of the relationship. Relationship needs nourishment and care (Eph 5:29) investment (meaningful conversation); care implies attentiveness, guidance, instruction. Cherish means to "heat and keep warm" (Eph 5:29) -- wash, adorn, beautify, protect.

Scripture References: Ephesians 5:22-33, Romans 13:1-8, Ephesians 5:29, Ephesians 5:29, Ephesians 5:26-27, Ephesians 5:25

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More than any book Ephesians reveals the blessings from God based on our relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith. Eph 1:3 is the a key verse. Other key verses by chapter include Eph 2:8 Eph 3:19 Eph 4:1 Eph 5:18 and Eph 6:10-11.

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