Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
What it means to be initiated into the secret of the mystery, Part 85. The mystery of relationships.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
1. Our relationship with Him or abiding in Him, verses 1-11.
2. Our relationships with one another, verses 12-17.
3. Our relationship with the world or the cosmic system, verses 18-27.
The apostle Paul is one of the greatest experts on relationships in all of human history.
EPH 4:31-32 let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamour and slander be put away from you along with all malice. [that which destroys relationships and especially marriage = bitterness]. and be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you
If you are a woman with money never marry a man who does not have money unless you have seen your lawyer and he has written up for you a contract where your money always stays with you.
EPH 6:10-12 From now on, start becoming strong by means of the Lord, and in the strength of His might. Pick up and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to hold your ground against the schemes or the strategies of the devil.
EPH 6:12 Because our struggle is not against blood [people’s souls] and flesh [their old sin nature], but against the rulers [these are the archons like Abaddon and Beelzebub], against the powers [demon officers who have phenomenal authority], against the world forces of this darkness - [kosmokratoras - demons who specialize in possessing or influencing the cosmos or world rulers] against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places or against the spiritual forces of evil in the atmosphere around the earth, the stellar universe and in the presence of God.
EPH 6:13-14 Because of this, pick up and put on the full armor from God, that you may be able to hold your ground in the day when evil attacks you, even after you have achieved or accomplished everything, hold your ground. Because of this, hold your ground, [after you] have buckled on your combat gear around your waist by means of doctrine, and [after you] have put on the breastplate of righteousness,
EPH 6:15-17 [hold your ground] after you have put on your combat boots on your feet with readiness, preparation, or the equipment of the gospel of peace. In addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
EPH 6:18-20 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.