Monday, June 24, 2013

Role Reversal

I've been doing this Bible study with my daughter, Grace.  The was part of our reading tonight.  It was so good I just wanted to share.

"You see, when God created male and female, He provided an object lesson-a visible testimony-to His entire plan of redemption (Ephesians 5).

History started with God creating a man and a woman and uniting them as husband and wife because it will end with the marriage and spiritual union of Christ the bridegroom and His Bride, the Church.

God had the end in mind before the beginning.  He had the marriage and union of Christ and the Church in mind when He created gender.

Manhood, womanhood, marriage, and sex are images that exist for the express purpose of pointing us to something else.  They are mini lessons that tell the amazing story of the gospel!

The cosmic love story is so magnificent that God chose to put it on display permanently.  Everywhere.  Men were created to reflect the strength, love, and initiatory self-sacrifice of Christ.  Women were created to reflect the character, grace, beauty, and responsiveness of the Bride He redeemed.

Imagine that!  YOUR womanhood was created to tell the spectacular story of what a love relationship with Jesus is all about!"

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.  For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.  "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."  This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.  However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.  
Eph 5:22-33, ESV

Becoming God's True Woman...While I Still Have a  Curfew
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