Ephesians XXII: The Whole Armor of God - Ephesians 6:10-17

Although Ephesians 5 got us excited for the wedding between Christ and His Bride, Ephesians 6 comes and reminds us that warfare comes before the wedding. Because this is true, the Church needs something in addition to the beauty of holiness and the splendor of submission. We need the power to be strong, and verse 11 tells us how and why. We stand strong by putting on the armor of God, so that we can stand against the schemes of the Devil. We stand in the strength of God’s might by fortifying ourselves through God’s gifts, pictured here in one ofBut…

Posted on Thursday, November 21, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XXI: The Splendor of Submission III - Ephesians 6:1-9

The basic thrust of each of the four instructions for submission that God gives in these verses is simple, but we need God’s help to joyfully embrace His commands. Children, the first command is for you: obey your parents. This is what God wants you to do, and He gives you three good reasons: obey in the Lord, because Jesus wants you to; obey because it’s right, because this is the way God meant it to be; and obey because God has a special promise of blessing for those who honor their parents with obedience. You need to obey your parentsNext,…

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XX: The Splendor of Submission II - Ephesians 6:1-9

Christians who submit to one another out of reverence for Christ are walking wisely, because they understand what the will of the Lord is. They understand that hierarchy and submission are not problems to be put up with, but facts of life that are built into the creation order by God. While all people are created in the image of God, and are thus equal in worth and value in His sight, they aren’t interchangeable; they don’t all take up the same role in God’s world.This understanding ought to prepare us to welcome Paul’s teaching in Eph. 5-6, when he…

Posted on Friday, November 08, 2019 by CJ Bowen