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Wednesday, August 24 2016

Ephesians 5: Who Tries To Imitate God?

"So God created man in His own image, in the Image of God created He him; male and female created He them ... Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children"

The Greek word pronounced mim-ohs (from which originated the English word mimic) means to imitate, not in a foolish or mocking manner, but in the same way that a child looks to a parent - as actually stated below in the Holy Scriptures. The Revised Standard Version (RSV) more literally translates it as "imitators" of God, while the King James which renders it "followers" of God, although the children of God (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?) are followers of Him and His Commands.

Holding Hands

"5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2 RSV)

"5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour." (Ephesians 5:1-2 KJV)

To seek to "imitate" God is well in keeping for those who were made in God's image ("imitate" and "image" have the same meaning when used in the same way) i.e. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27 KJV). That was what the apostle Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) was referring to when he said "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children."

"5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 5:14 Wherefore he saith,

Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God." (Ephesians 5:1-21 KJV)

Physical marriage will not apply in the Kingdom of God ("22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven" Matthew 22:30 KJV) because the purpose and prophetic meaning of marriage will by then be accomplished (see From Husbands and Wives To Brothers and Sisters and What's The Expiration Date Of The Church?). Paul's lessons about marriage always looked forward to the greater meaning: "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. ... I speak concerning Christ and the church" (see Eve Was Created From Adam; What Woman Was Created From Jesus Christ?).

"5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 5:23 For 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. 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That 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. 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." (Ephesians 5:22-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "perfection" mean in living according to the Word of God?
See Perfecting Your Perfection


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This Day In History, August 24

49 BC: Forces under Gaius Scribonius Curio (a general of Julius Caesar; see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) was defeated at the Second Battle of the Bagradas River by the Numidians under Publius Attius Varus and King Juba of Numidia. Curio committed suicide to avoid capture.

79: The cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum and Stabiae were destroyed and thousands of people killed by an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy.

Vesuvius and Pompeii

410: Alaric, leading his Visigoth army (the Visigoths and Ostrogoths were branches of the Germanic people known collectively as the Goths), entered and sacked Rome. The city had not been captured by a foreign enemy for nearly 800 years.

455: The Vandals (an East Germanic tribe), led by King Genseric, began to plunder Rome. The era marked the end of the original Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) and the beginning of the so-called "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

Europe

1185: The Sack of Thessalonica by the Normans.

1200: King John of England, signee of the first Magna Carta, married Isabella of Angouleme in Bordeaux Cathedral.

The Magna Carta was a key building block of constitutional law in the English-speaking world that many countries, even centuries later, used as the basis of their Constitution - while often ignoring or failing to credit the principles of the Magna Carta that they copied and claimed as their own.

Magna Carta

1215: Pope Innocent III declared the Magna Carta invalid.

1294: German King Adolf of Nassau formed an alliance with King Edward I of England against France.

1298: Albert (Albrecht) was crowned German king at Aachen.

1349: Six thousand Jews were murdered in Mainz, Germany after being blamed for the bubonic plague. Ironically, most of those Jews were actually healthier than their self-righteous persecutors because they observed the LORD's Biblical hygiene and dietary laws that protected them from infections and plagues (see Bacteria, Sexual Abominations and What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?).

1456: The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.

1516: Sultan Selim I defeated the Mameluke army near Aleppo, thus securing Syria for the Ottoman (Turkish) empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1561: Willem of Orange married duchess Anna of Saxony.

1662: The Act of Uniformity introduced a book of Common Prayer in Britain.

1680: Colonel Thomas Blood, the Irish adventurer who stole the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London in 1671, died. Captured after the theft, he insisted on seeing the king, Charles II, who pardoned him.

1814: During the War of 1812 (1812-1815), that was declared by U.S. President James Madison with the stated goal of annexing Canada and turning it into a U.S. colony, British Marines burned the White House and the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in direct retaliation for the U.S. looting and burning of the Parliament Building, Government House, the Public Library and several other public buildings in York (now known as Toronto) earlier in the year.

The White House

1909: Work began for the Panama Canal.

Panama Canal

1912: Alaska became a U.S. territory after being purchased from Russia.

1922: Arab states meeting at Nablus rejected the British mandate for Palestine given by the League of Nations.

1949: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was established.

1950: Operation Magic Carpet - 45,000 Yemenite Jews transported to Israel.

1968: France became the fifth nuclear power when it exploded a hydrogen bomb near Fugataufa Atoll, midway between Australia and South America.

1989: Poland became the first country in the Soviet Bloc to appoint a non-Communist Prime Minister, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, since the late 1940s.

1991: Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

2006: The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefined the term "planet." The changed resulted in Pluto now classified as a "dwarf planet."


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