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Now we want you to look at Ephesians chapter 6, and I know, I only get a certain amount of time on Sunday and I ate up half of what I get for tonight, because we got a little bit long this morning, so I'm not going to keep you a long time tonight. But I do want to bring to a final conclusion our brief series on Ephesians chapter 5 on the Spirit-filled life and the outcomes of that Spirit-filled life that have to do with marriage and the family. All of this really started back in verse 18, "Be being kept filled with the Holy Spirit." And we talked about the fact that we ought to be under the control of the Holy Spirit, not under the control of alcohol cause that leads to dissipation. We talked a little bit about the Christian and drinking alcohol. And then we launched off into what it means to be filled with, controlled by the Holy Spirit and how it produces all kinds of wonderful, spiritual benefits. We speak to one another in Psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, sing and make melody with our hearts to the Lord. We're always giving thanks for all things and we're subject to one another in the fear of Christ. So it produces praise and worship. It produces gratitude and thanksgiving. And it produces a willing submission that makes the body of Christ work together.

And the Spirit-filled life is also the most compelling reality in marriage. As we get into verse 22, you remember, we have instruction about wives being subject to their own husbands, and husbands loving their wives, verse 28 puts it, as their own bodies. Even more importantly, as verse 25 puts it, loving their wives as Christ loved the church....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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