From Death To Life: Part 11 – Our Relationships Matter
From Death to Life, Part 11
Our Relationships Matter
1. Our morality grows out of our undeserved, intimate relationship with God as a result of our receiving God’s grace.
– It is what is going on inside of us that determines the true values of our outward behaviors.
– Galatians 5:22, 23
2. If we are Christians, we recognize a morality in our relationships that is explicit in God’s Word.
– Beginning with our changed natures in the Beatitudes, Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount taught the consequential attitudes and behaviors of citizens of the Kingdom of God.
– Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church moves from our changed natures (1:13; 2:5-9) to His immeasurably abundant power that works within us (3:20-21) in chapters 1-3; then in chapters 4-6, the apostle reveals spiritual resources given to the churches, and the resulting dynamics in Christian relationships.
3. Our grace-changed natures transform every aspect of our relationships to reflect God’s love for the world through Jesus Christ.
– Brothers and sisters in Christ submit to one another in the reverence of Christ. (Ephesians 5:21)
What does this look like? Philippians 2:3-5
– Marriage between a believing husband and wife pictures Christ’s relationship with the Church. (Ephesians 5:22-33)
– Believing parents make the Lord central to their family relationship. (Ephesians 6:1-4)
– First century, Christian slaves and masters were to understand that the Lord in heaven is their Master, and He does not show partiality between them. (Ephesians 6:1-9)
What applications exist for the modern day work place?
– “[Be obedient] with fear and trembling”
– “Be obedient”
– “in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ”
– “eye service”
– “men pleasing”
– “as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart”
– “With good will render service as to the Lord, and not to men”
– “knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord”
– “do the same thing to them”
– “give up threatening”