We note carefully that our text today is connected not only to Eph 5:22-33 (words about wives / husbands) but also to words in 5:15-21. The overriding imperative (command) of the whole passage is: 'Be filled with the Spirit'. One of the characteristic marks of being filled with the Spirit is 'submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ' (v. 21). We noticed last week that this phrase acts like a 'hinge phrase' which connects 15-21 to the following section which is comprised of 3 sets of relationships - wives/husbands (5:22-33); children/parents (6:1-4); and slaves/masters (6:5-9). ALL of these relationships fall under the umbrella of 'submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ'! Underneath this overriding theme we hear specific words given to each member of the household and community. Our question for this message is: how do I, in my position in the family or community structure, live out the life of Jesus in a way that gives glory to God? May we truly hear His Word in this text!!
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