In our discussion today, we are going to examine Ephesians 5:21-33, to be fully and truly blessed by what God is letting us in on. So pick up your bible, or your bible app on your phone and have a look in there.

Having read our text today, we discover that the relationship between Christ and the church is one that had been foretold right from the beginning, God using Adam and Eve as an allegory to convey this mystery across to man. Genesis 2:24 clearly states that “therefore, a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”. It means that immediately Adam awoke from his sleep and saw the creation of God named Eve, they were “one flesh” existing in two bodies as Eve emanated from the bone of Adam, and they were equal before God. Thus, if A was equal to B and B was equal to A, that means A was B and B was A.

In the scripture today, the great Apostle Paul having restated Genesis 2:24 (in Eph. 5:31), goes on to state that this relationship that existed between Adam and Eve is a great mystery of the relationship between Christ (Jesus being the head) and the Church (You and I), he however admits that he does not understand the fullness of this great mystery, but that what is clearest to him is how Christ treats the Church and how the Church and Christ are one.

If that be the case, that simply means we are one flesh with Christ, and if A is equal to B and B is equal to A, that means A and B are the same. Following that illustration, A being Christ and B being the church, that means that we are Christ. Hallelujah. YOU ARE CHRIST! Isn’t that amazing? You are a representation of the Godhead here on earth, the manifestation of the display of the manifold wisdom of God to the principalities and powers in heavenly places. (Galatians 3:10).

Furthermore, having established that we are one body with Christ, “no one abuses his own body does he? NO, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the Church, since we are part of his body”. (Ephesians 5:29 MSG) This simply means that God is never going to inflict pain on us deliberately. Sickness, sorrow, affliction, poverty, oppression, disease are not from God. Why? This is because if God is inflicting you with such, that means He is inflicting Himself with the same thing. Nothing bad emanates from God. Christ is for you, Christ loves you.

“Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything He does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness” (Ephesians 5:26-27 MSG). Wow, isn’t this just marvellous? All Christ says about you and does for you is designed to bring the best out of you. His thoughts towards you are of good and not of evil, to give you a great hope and a bright future. This is God’s plan and expression to all Christians, YOU AND I. God is good and nothing evil emanates from him, because he isn’t the progenitor of evil. Evil and the works thereof are inconsistent with the character and nature of God. God is light, and in Him no darkness is found.

Brethren, learn this, if the gospel you hear doesn’t sound too good to be true, then what you are hearing is not the true gospel. If salvation and God’s love came by the works of law, then Christ died in vein.

If there is anything we are to learn today guys, please learn this, God is love, you are Christ by adoption through the blood of Jesus, and above all, God is for you. God bless you. Hallelujah.

 

Grace and Peace Multiplied

Gbolagunte Oladotun

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