In Reverence of Christ

10 04 2010

My friend Sue who is attending Multnomah Bible College shared an insight about Ephesians 5:21 she was studying, and I felt it was well worth sharing, enjoy.

 

“The verse says, ‘Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.’  Paul then goes on to expand on the idea of how that relationship looks between, husband and wife, children and parents, slaves and masters or employee and employer.  But wait a minute! I think we are missing a significant point if we don’t examine verse 21 on its own. 

 

‘Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.’ (5:21)

 

We hold Christ in reverence for the obvious reasons, Suffering Messiah, Son of God, etc and that’s all good.  But have we overlooked the fact that Jesus submitted to God and humbled himself to come to our world as a vulnerable new born baby.  He emptied himself of all his deity.  He was God in the flesh. Jesus could have at any time invoked his full authority, but he submitted to the Father’s plan.

 

This is a very significant point for us, especially since we see Paul reinforce this idea again in 6:31.  It say’s, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two shall become one flesh.’  Jesus left his Father and Holy Spirit to come to earth for his Bride.  We are instructed to do the same.  The dying to oneself is never easy, but when we humble our self and come in alignment with God’s will there is a powerful dynamic that takes place. You, me, and Jesus become one flesh. We are one in the Spirit. We truly are one Body.”

 

Father, I thank you for using friends, like Sue, to inspire us to seek your face and die to self.

 

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

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