When Paul says, “wives subject yourselves to your own husbands,” he is doing this within a biblical framework where women were equal to men, where women were one with the men in Christ, where women were redeemed and loved by God just as men were redeemed and loved by God, and where women looked forward to an eternity of joy and reigning with Christ, just as men look forward to it.
I will go so far as to say that if you can live for Christ at home, you can live for him anywhere.
Paul gives us four descriptions of what it means to be filled with the Spirit of God. Today we will learn what they are to practice them!
Sin breaks us into fragments. But the Spirit of God puts the pieces of our lives together into wholeness. Sin dehumanizes us. But the Spirit of God restores the image of God inside us.
God provides many incentives to live for him, but this is the greatest incentive of all! God Himself has come to live in us.
Imagine getting to the end of our lives, not the end of a day or the end of a week or month, but getting to the end of life and thinking, “I’ve wasted it all!”
God is calling people out of spiritual sleep into spiritual alertness, out of spiritual death into spiritual life, out of spiritual darkness into spiritual light.
In our reach for “what works” it can be easy to lose sight of holy living. It is easier to practice a principle or implement a strategy than it is to say “no” to sin or to cultivate a godly habit.
You and I have such a high and noble calling. We have such a destiny in front of us that sinful behavior is out of character for us. It is unworthy of who Christ is, and unworthy of who we are as his people.
I know it is not easy. I am not trying to minimize the pain you feel. Some of you have stories of horrendous deeds done against you. I understand. But, eventually, you must forgive.
Some may be listening who are trusting in their own righteousness before God. My prayer is that you would come to see yourself in an accurate way, as a failure before God. This is not meant to depress but to deliver you from a false security and to drive you to the one who is rich in mercy.
People were alienated from God and the people of God. They were cut off from the Messiah, from the covenants of promise, and from hope. But friends … that is not the end of the story for the very next words begin with that great word of divine intervention – But – this is the way the world was, but God intervened.
God doesn’t want us to come to him with head down but with head up, not dragging our feet but stepping forward with firmness, not groveling in the dirt, but bowing in adoration.
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins.”Can it be any bleaker? Can Paul express it with any greater clarity? We were not just sick, we were dead in our trespasses and sins.
Is there someone you need to be reconciled with? A family member? A friend? Have you offended this person and you need to humble yourself and ask forgiveness? Or, perhaps the other person has offended you and you are harboring bitterness in your heart? God wants to work in this situation right now.