Preaching: Ephesians 5:22-33 Has God put together your marriage? Part 1

god put together your marriageSummary: A verse by verse examination of what the book of Ephesians in the Bible teaches. This message covers Ephesians 5:22-33 discussion of how God puts together marriages. Part 1 of 2

Speaker: Dr. Michael Williams
Date Presented: August 17, 2014

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Ephesians 5:22-33 22Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  23For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.  24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.  25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  26That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  27That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  28So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  29For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:  30For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  31For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  32This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.  33Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

1 John 4:19-21 19We love him, because he first loved us.  20If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  21And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.

1 Corinthians 7:1-9 1Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.  2Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.  3Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.  4The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.  5Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.  6But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.  7For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.  8I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.  9But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Matthew 19:3-12 3The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?  4And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,  5And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?  6Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.  7They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?  8He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.  9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.  10His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.  11But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.  12For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.

Genesis 29:21-27 21And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.  22And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.  23And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.  24And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid for an handmaid.  25And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?  26And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.  27Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. 

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Dr. Michael Williams

Dr. Michael Williams is a pastor, author, Christian educator and Biblical counselor who has served in ministry since March of 2000. Dr. Mike holds under-graduate through post graduate degrees in Christian Education. Dr. Mike is the Senior Pastor of Selah Mountain Ministries, which he founded in March of 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA (selahmountain.org). In addition to counseling, he teaches how to overcome life issues Biblically on topics such as anger management, marriage, addictions, and other subjects typically referred to as mental illnesses. Dr. Mike lives with his wife Pamela Rose and adult daughter Hollie Rose. He and Pamela have other adult children and several grandchildren as well. Visit the About page to learn more about Dr. Mike.

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