Humility of heart, an unassertiveness of demeanour and a gentle forbearance towards fellow believers is one of the evidences that Paul lists in identifying a Spirit-filled believer - an attitude that seems to be sadly lacking in these end times, when the love of many has grown cold and a critical posture appears to have become the norm in the lives of many Christian. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out /  Then finally in v25 there’s another imperative verb, “love”, the agape kind, addressed to the “men/husbands.” Who may have thought they were being addressed all along. Change ). What does Ephesians 5:30 mean? One who is spirit-filled is one who is humble of heart; considers others more important than themselves and is willing  to be subject to their fellow Christians, to the glory of God and for the sake of Jesus Christ . ( Log Out /  Submission in the context of a Christian relationship includes the idea of putting someone else, and their needs, above ourselves. Our identity is found in Him. Such delight in the Lord is illustrated many times by the sweet Psalmist of Israel and demonstrated by Zacharias the priest.. at the birth of his special little son, who was to become the forerunner of the Messiah. Yes a thankful heart, boldness in testifying to the truth of the gospel, power for spiritual service, open-hearted generosity towards others and the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ.. are all evidences given in the Word of God, of the man or woman who is filled with the Spirit of God.. which results a Christ-like life of godly self-sacrifice.. and an abundance of spiritual fruit. Barnes's Ephesians 5:21 Bible Commentary Submitting yourselves one to another - Maintaining due subordination in the various relations of life. Christ is more powerful than all that. For to walk in spirit and truth and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.. results in a Christ-like life of godly self-sacrifice and the production of an abundance of spiritual fruit - for the benefit of others and to the glory of God. A gracious and mutual submission towards our brothers and sisters-in-Christ demonstrates a seemliness and sobriety that is often lacking in Christian circles today. But I suppose we all know that would be a mistake. But we will have to deal with the text. So on top of everything else, we have to deal with the history of interpretation. They didn’t have a few hundred years of collective experience of Mayflower Compacts and town hall meetings and something approaching “universal manhood suffrage” and the cultivation of the visceral American reaction of “Who the heck do you think you are, you’re no better than I am” whenever someone makes an elitist gesture. This seems like a good argument, too.]. (21) Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It would be nice to imagine that no Christian or anyhow allegedly Christian husband would ever do anything like that in real life. Heavenly Father, I long to walk the godly path in Christ Jesus and be filled with the Spirit moment by moment.. for the right reasons - so that my life may praise and glorify You, for You alone are worthy. CLOSER READING: There is a big fat text critical issue in v21-22, and it is precisely the kind of thing that makes people say things like, in effect, “well, isn’t everything we don’t like in the Bible just there because of ‘translation?’”, [I admit, I felt a lot better about making a deal about this text critical issue once I found out Mike Aubrey at Koine Greek had made a deal out of it, too.

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