Ephesians and commentary, chapter 6

TO: World’s in residence Churches of God. Sivan 25, 5,780; 6/17/2020.

   (After telling Daniel about the resurrection, the Lord God Jesus said; “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”  KJV Dan 12:4) Net Bible, “But you, Daniel, close up these words and seal the book until the time of the end. Many will dash about, and knowledge will increase.”) Jesus inspired Daniel’s words and He said as much as recorded by Matthew at chapter 24: In this end age God is revealing understanding that wasn’t understood before. This end age was pre-told. (Dan 12:1-3; “At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are found written in the book, will escape. Many of those who sleep in the dusty ground will awake — some to everlasting life, and others to shame and everlasting abhorrence. But the wise will shine like the brightness of the heavenly expanse. And those bringing many to righteousness will be like the stars forever and ever.”)

   Jesus said, (Matt 24:36-37; “But as for that day and hour no one knows it — not even the angels in heaven — except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.”) Knowledge has increased and today it’s revealed that the seven day week and seven annual Sabbaths foreshadow the end of this age and Jesus’ return. Jesus also said, “Time would be shortened.” (Matt 24:21-22; “For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short.”)

   Additionally Jesus revealed through His apostle Paul that the Jews are entrusted with the oracles of God. This includes His calendar. (Rom 3:1-2; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.”) It’s about year 5,780 on Jew’s calendar; meaning the time since Jesus’ re-creation and His creating Adam. According to God’s seven day week and seven annual Sabbaths seasons; Passover, Pentecost, and Feast of Tabernacles: 6,000 years is allotted for man’s self governance before Jesus’ millennium kingdom. (Study the whole of Daniel, Matthew 24: Isaiah 22: 35: 51: 53: 65: Jeremiah 31: and Amos 9:11-15 for an overviews of Israel’s future deliverance and God’s perpetual promises.)

   God is about order, consistency and training. He’s not the author of confusion, His is the absolute way. The human family’s order should parallel that of God’s church family. Satan is the author of confusion, and he’s the god of this world’s system of things until God’s set time. Satan purposely manifest’s himself as an angel of light and as such deceives many who think themselves followers of Jesus.

Speaking of false teachers attempting to make themselves Jesus’ apostles’ equal, Paul writes; (2Cor 11:13-15; “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.”) (Now continue with the last two chapters of Ephesians.)

      (Eph 5:22-31; “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and He is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, That He might PRESENT it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the church: For we, ’followers of Jesus’ are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”) See also Genesis 2:23-24)

     People put in Jesus’ church are “covenantal God’s family.” Jesus gave His life for His church, “those called to be at one with Himself and God the Father” as the human family structure is commanded to be. So He may present His church to Himself as glorious. “Yielding to and practicing Jesus’ command is evidence of our believing IN.” “Turning to what is right in His View is evidence of believing IN.” The spiritual magnification of His ten commandments is, “loving Him and neighbor.” It’s God’s pattern of authority and submission of His set aside “sanctified” people that make us free.

     (Eph 5:32-33: “This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”)

     Evidence of God’s spirit in us is, “a believing IN mindset - outlook.” It’s believing in God as He manifest Himself to be in the Holy Scriptures, “total trust in His Way.” Not trust in fleshly intellect.

     (Gal 5:22-25; “But the fruit “the result and practices” of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”)

     To crucify the flesh one must recognize the flesh’s shortcomings, turn from the lust thereof, abandon what seems right to the mind, prayerfully turning to His Way and practicing love as He loves: Which includes hating what’s evil in His view.

     Jesus and each apostle’s instruction is from the foundation of love. “Love others even as ourselves.” Unbelievers in this age are being observed by our Creator. Attitudes formed that may carry over into the millennium. It’s the reason attitudes toward life situations, whether slave, hired hand, boss, parent or child regarding authority is important. Christians are spiritually taught to be content in the state God blesses with.

     (Eph 6:1-3; “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honor your father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise.) That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.” (Some professing Christians teach that Paul abandoned the ten commandments. The next three verses prove otherwise.)

     (Eph 6:4-9; “And you fathers provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the FLESH, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eye service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free. And, you masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with Him.”)

     Note that God doesn’t change in principle, let’s consider His prophecy through Jeremiah regarding Judea’s stubbornness. After telling Jeremiah what was about to happen to His people; Jeremiah recorded the following.

     (Jeremiah 13:15-27; “Then I said to the people of Judah, “Listen and pay attention! Do not be arrogant! For the Lord has spoken. Show the Lord your God the respect that is due Him. Do it before He brings the darkness of disaster. Do it before you stumble into distress like a traveler on the mountains at twilight. Do it before He turns the light of deliverance you hope for into the darkness and gloom of exile. But if you will not pay attention to this warning, I will weep alone because of your arrogant pride. I will weep bitterly and my eyes will overflow with tears because you, the Lord’s flock, will be carried into exile.” The Lord told me, “Tell the king and the queen mother, ‘Surrender your thrones, for your glorious crowns will be removed from your heads. The gates of the towns in southern Judah will be shut tight. No one will be able to go in or out of them. All Judah will be carried off into exile. They will be completely carried off into exile.’”

     Then I said, “Look up, Jerusalem, and see the enemy that is coming from the north. Where now is the flock of people that were entrusted to your care? Where now are the ‘sheep’ that you take such pride in? What will you say when the Lord appoints as rulers over you those allies that you, yourself, had actually prepared as such? Then anguish and agony will grip you like that of a woman giving birth to a baby. You will probably ask yourself, ‘Why have these things happened to me? Why have I been treated like a disgraced adulteress whose skirt has been torn off and her limbs exposed?’ It is because you have sinned so much.

     But there is little hope for you ever doing good, you who are so accustomed to doing evil. Can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? Can a leopard remove its spots? “The Lord says, ‘That is why I will scatter your people like chaff that is blown away by a desert wind. This is your fate, the destiny to which I have appointed you, because you have forgotten Me and have trusted in false gods. So I will pull your skirt up over your face and expose you to shame like a disgraced adulteress!

     People of Jerusalem, I have seen your adulterous worship, your shameless prostitution to, and your lustful pursuit of, other gods. I have seen your disgusting acts of worship on the hills throughout the countryside. You are doomed to destruction! How long will you continue to be unclean?’”

     When Jeremiah wrote, ten tribes had already been removed. Israel turning to other gods was spiritual adultery, punishment paralleled the law regarding an adulterous wife, and we followers of Jesus are heart broken over our nations condoning abominable to God practices. 

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