Tag: Christ and His Church
Scripture reading for December 2nd: Ephesians 1-6
Ephesians is one of the most encouraging epistles of Paul. Written from prison, Paul shares the mystery of the church as the bride of Christ with all who read this letter. The letter is written , “To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:1) All who believe in Jesus Christ are considered “saints”, those set apart for the master’s use. Each saint was chosen by Jesus and blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms through relationship with Him. (Ephesians 1:3-14) Believers have been lavished with God’s grace through forgiveness of sins and adoption as sons. They have had the mystery of His will revealed to them. They have a down payment of future blessedness, the promised Holy Spirit!
Paul prays two beautiful prayers for the saints recorded in Ephesians 1:15-19 and 3:14-21. These prayers are models for our praying for spiritual insight into who we are in Christ and what He has given us. Christ’s love for those He has chosen is so high and long and wide and deep that only by personal revelation can it be fathomed! Paul bowed his knees before the Father in prayer and worship, praying from the depth of his heart. What encouragement for us to know that we have been prayed for in this manner! To consider that God can do “immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, according to the power at work in us,” (Ephesians 3:20) is exciting and opens up a new world for us.
Paul deals with practical matters of human relationships, including husbands and wives. Mutual submission to each other out of respect for Christ is a great foundation for marriage. (Ephesians 5:21) Wives should submit to their husbands as to Christ. Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church and laid His life down for her. Paul states that these thoughts are a profound mystery! (Ephesians 5:32) Christ is the husband of His bride, the church and loves her as His own body! He is one with the church as a husband is one with his wife. Christ must be submitted to and reverenced by the church as the wife is to submit to and reverence her husband.
May we ponder this mystery today and apply the truths to our daily lives. Marriages are to be visual aides to understand Christ and the Church.