Ephesians, lesson 15.

Lesson 15

Ephesians 5: 22-33, Husbands and wives

VV 22-24, 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

A wife is to submit to her husband just as she submits to the Lord. The husband is the head over his wife, just as Christ is head and Saviour over His bride, the church.

V 25, Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

Greek for love is “agape”, which means unconditional and sacrificial love. A husband is to love his wife just as Christ loved His bride, the church, and sacrificed His life for her.

VV 26-27, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Christ sanctified and cleansed His bride, the church, by the washing of the word, to make her holy, spotless, and glorious.

VV 28-29, 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

Greek for cherish is “thalpo”, which means to care with tenderness. A husband is to love and care tenderly for his wife as his own body, just as the Lord loves and cares tenderly for His bride, the church.

VV 29-31, 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. 31 “For this reason, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”

Christians are members of the body of Christ, the church. Christ is the head of the body and Christians are parts of the same body, the bones, the ligaments, the joints, etc. In marriage, a man is to leave his parents and be joined with his wife.

VV 32-33, 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Marriage between a man and a woman is a great mystery, just as marriage between Christ and His bride, the church, is a great mystery. A husband is to love his wife unconditionally and sacrificially and in return the wife is to respect her husband.

Ephesians, lesson 14

Lesson 14

Ephesians 5: 15- 21

VV 15-16, 15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time because the days are evil.

Greek for circumspectly is “akribos”, which means with precisely, carefully, or diligently. . We must conduct ourselves diligently and wisely. Greek for redeeming is “exagorazo”, which means to buy up or rescue from loss. We must try to buy back lost time by practicing good time management and using our time wisely for the kingdom of God.

V 17, Therefore do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Paul commanded his listeners, and us, not to be foolish, but to understand and discern the Lord’s will.

V 18, And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

Paul commanded his listeners, and us, not to be drunk with wine but instead be filled with Holy Spirit.

V 19, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

Paul commanded his listeners, and us, to speak to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. To worship the Lord by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to Him as our spiritual act of worship.

V 20, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.

Paul commanded his listeners, and us, to be thankful to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and submit to each as we submit to God with fear.

1 Thess 5: 16-18, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”.

Ephesians, lesson 13.

Lesson 13

Ephesians 5: 8-14, From darkness to Light

V 8, For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

We were once spiritually dead, spiritually blind, and we walked in darkness. When we are born again, we are made alive, regenerated, spiritually awakened, and walked in the light of Christ. We are children of Christ and belonged to the family of God. As Christians, we are the light of the world.

Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”.

V 9, (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

When we are born again, we receive the fruit of the Holy Spirit, which frees us from the requirement of the law

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such, there is no law”.

VV 10-11, 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Paul commanded his listeners, (and us), not to have anything to do with the unfruitful works of satan. Instead, we are to expose them to other Christians through correct teaching.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work”.

V 12, For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.

Sinful things done in secret and in darkness are shameful.

John 3: 20, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed”.

V 13, But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

Jesus Christ the light of the world exposed all things. Nothing is hidden from His omniscient power.

John 1: 5, “And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it”.

Hebrews 4:13, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account’.

John 3:19-21, “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”

V 14, Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

When we are born again, we are made alive, awakened, regenerated, and received the true light of Jesus Christ.

John 1:4-5, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it”.

John 1:9, “That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world”.

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, 7 days before Easter. On this day, Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey.

Luke 19: 28-40, 28 When He had said this, He went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, 30 saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. 31 And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ”32 So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. 33 But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?”34 And they said, “The Lord has need of it.” 35 Then they brought it to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on it. 36 And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. 37 Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, 38 saying: “ ‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” 40 But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

On Palm Sunday in AD 32, Jesus descended from the Mount of Olives and entered the Temple in Jerusalem riding on a donkey, to fulfill Zechariah 9:9, from 500 BC. 

Zechariah 9:9, “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you;

He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey,

A colt, the foal of a donkey”. 

 The disciples brought to Jesus a never saddled donkey. They threw their clothes on the donkey and Jesus sat on it. They also threw Palm branches on the roadside.

Matthew 21:8, “And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road”. 

Mark 11:8, “And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road”

The multitudes rejoiced, praised God, and sang the messianic Psalm 118, ‘’Hosanna, blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord’’. 

The Pharisees demanded that Jesus silence the multitudes and His disciples and not proclaim Him as Messiah, claiming blasphemy. Jesus replied that if they kept quiet, the stones on the roadside will cry out.

Ephesians, Lesson 12.

Lesson 12

Ephesians 5: 1-7

V 1, 1 Therefore, be imitators of God as dear children.

Therefore, is the connecting link to the previous chapter. Many years ago, Paul was in Ephesus for 3 years and he knew his audience very well. Hence, it was appropriate for him to address them as dear children. In view of all that God had done, Paul encouraged his audience, (and us), to be imitators of God.

V 2, And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Greek for love is “agape”, which means unconditional or sacrificial love. Demonstrate unconditional and sacrificial love to each other to just as Christ demonstrated His unconditional and sacrificial love for us when He sacrificed Himself to God on the cross for us.

VV 3-4, 3 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; 4 neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Greek for uncleanness is “akathartos”, which means morally impure. Greek for filthiness is “rhuparia”, which means moral defilement. Greek for foolish talking is “morologia”, which means moronic speech. Greek for coarse jesting is “eutrapelia’’, which means obscene jokes. Paul commanded his audience, (and us), to stay away from adultery, immorality, moronic speech, and obscene jokes. Instead, we should always give thanks to God.

V 5, For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Greek for covetousness is “pleoneksía”, which means greediness. Greek for idolator is “eidololatres”, which means an idol worshiper. A fornicator, an unclean person, a greedy person, and an idol worshiper will be excluded from the Kingdom of God and Christ.

V 6, Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

Greek for empty words is “kenos logos”, which means deceitful or erroneous teachings. Paul warned his audience, (and us), not to be deceived by erroneous teachings and not to associate with false teachers. Greek for wrath is “orge”, which means anger. God’s anger will come upon those who disobey Him.