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

Ephesians XIX: The Splendor of Submission I - Ephesians 5:22-33

Times have changed: back when Paul wrote Eph. 5:22-33, everyone would have nodded their heads as he exhorted wives to submit to their own husbands, and everyone would have cocked their heads to the side when he called husbands to love their wives. Their struggle was to submit to Christ’s command to love their wives, giving themselves for them, nourishing and cherishing them as their own bodies.Today, it’s just the opposite: everyone expects husbands to love their wives, but the call to submission is seen as strange, or odd, or even repressive and cruel. Times have changed, but people haven’t…

Posted on Thursday, October 24, 2019 by CJ Bowen

Ephesians XVIII: A Wise Walk - Ephesians 5:15-21

In Ephesians 5:15-21, Paul continues to teach the Church at Ephesus what it means to walk as Christians. “Walk worthy,” he said back in 4:1, followed by: “Don’t walk like the Gentiles,” in 4:17. “Walk in love,” he said in 5:2, and in 5:8, “walk as children of light.” Finally, here in 5:17, he writes: “walk wisely.” And to that end, he encourages the saints to practice the spiritual discipline of looking carefully to their Christian walk, which involves asking yourself: “Am I using the time well?”; “Do I understand how God wants me to live?”; and “Am I living aThese…

Posted on Wednesday, October 02, 2019 by CJ Bowen