After Paul had written of the mystery of God’s plan and purpose for the Church in Ephesians 3, he outlines in chapter 4 through 5:21 how God’s wisdom is going to be seen through individuals. Then he takes that wisdom and applies to marriage. Both husband and wife are to display the wisdom of God in their relationship together. Each person in the marriage has a unique role that is using wisdom to reveal how divine wisdom affects every part of their relationship.
In each role, husbands and wives have responsibilities in marriage that are different from the other person, but with the intent that they uniquely reflect God’s wisdom; not just to each other and the children; not just to the Church body and the world, but to “the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:10). It takes both husband and wife working together in mutual submission to Christ and each other (5:21) to make this happen. Think of it, “this mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the Church” (5:32).
Can you imagine the angels and heavenly rulers watching your life and marriage (if you are married) and seeing the wisdom of God being lived out in practical ways? We tend to confine our activities, words and motives to a very small circle of the home. God planned that the mystery of the Church would have a vast influence far beyond what we can see with our eyes. I trust this will help you reexamine how you reflect God’s wisdom through your role as husband or wife and make changes so this becomes increasingly true.
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