Not even a hint.
That’s what Paul writes to the Christians in Ephesus. “Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Eph. 5:3). Given the amount of temptations and distractions we are surrounded by each and every day in this society, this is a pretty high standard to uphold in the Church. How do we do it?
Paul fixates on a particular word beginning in 5:21. That word is “submit.” (Your version may use the phrase “be subject.”) Contrary to the stereotype that “submit” is what a wife is supposed to do, it turns out everybody is meant to submit to one another, not simply because Paul commands it, but because Jesus exemplified it. Submission isn’t the means by which another gains power. It is the way of Jesus – the way of humility, service, self-denial, meekness. This is the way Jesus lived, and his exaltation depended on his first humbling himself and taking the nature of a servant.
We must descend before we ascend.
On this episode of The DBC Podcast, Bo sits down with occasional co-host Mark Paul (Minister of Students) and first-time co-host Stacey Thompson (the person who spent years making Mark look good). As experienced student ministers, spouses, and parents of teenagers, Mark and Stacey both have unique perspectives on the various sections of Ephesians 5, not to mention on some of the other finer things in life, like vegetables on the grill, animated movies, Disney World, and what makes for a really good book.
Make sure you check out Mark Paul’s first novel, Remember Jane, available on Amazon.com. Click HERE to read more and purchase your copy.
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