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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

Aug 28, 2016

Ephesians 5:21-33
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. 

The "Great Mystery" Paul is talking about is "Christ's love for the Church." There has been more pain and suffering over this little passage than probably any other text in all the Bible. How could Paul's words become so oppressive? How could wives demand love without respecting their husbands? How could husbands demand submission without living like Christ themselves? At the end of the day, we need to talk about marriage and submission. We need to talk about the church and submission. We need to talk about the radical consumers that we are producing in America and how that plays out in marriage all over the church. We need to talk about men and women. We need to talk about the Holy Spirit and Unity. We need to talk about Paul's House Church model that included spouses, children, and slaves all practicing resurrection in the same house. We need to talk about this and we need to make it uncomfortably personal. God has a plan for his church and your marriage or singleness play a huge part in his plan. Join us as Paul moves out of the theoretical glory passages of Ephesians and gets a little too close for comfort. Our homes and our workplaces.