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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Five

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 5            Page 5
V.31 (Cont'd.)

** What does the apostle mean by "cleave"?

proskollao - lit. "to glue", in this context it means a faithful devotion to one's spouse. This bond becomes stronger than any other human relationship. cf. Matthew 19:4-6 (Jesus)

** What does Paul mean when he says they have become "one flesh"?

Primarily, this is referring to a sexual union. cf. 1Corinthians 6:12-16

** We will want to keep this in mind as we look at verse 32 in a moment. How else do a husband and wife become one flesh?

They develop one mind, one heart, one purpose - under the control of the Holy Spirit their souls are knit together for the purpose of serving God. cf. Philippians 2:2

V.32 ** To what mystery is Paul now referring?

The comparison of marriage to the union of Jesus Christ and His church.

** After spending ten verses on the importance of a husband's and wife's role, to what standard does Paul now refer us?

The standard of Christ and the church!
"Christian marriage is to be loving, holy, pure, self-sacrificing, and mutually submissive because those virtues characterize the relationship of Christ and the church." John MacArthur

** Can you now see the real importance of the tender love, caring and intimacy in a marriage?

Yes, it is exactly how Jesus Christ relates to us!

V.33 ** Paul has covered a lot of ground on this subject, why do you suppose he chose to finish this section with "nevertheless"?

Because of all he has just said, this is what we are to do - this is the bottom line!

** How many of Paul's readers are included in this last exhortation regarding marriage?

Every person - single or married is to know!

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