Paul wraps up his discussion with a discourse on the inevitable conflict that Jesus' followers will encounter. Unfortunately, this passage has so much cultural encrustation around it, it can be hard to see what he's really saying. But once you do, the way you look at the world will never be the same.
There are few things like our relationship to our work that’ll bring out the spiritual struggles inside all of us. Some of us love our jobs, while others of us hate them. Regardless, Paul instructions were powerfully countercultural and can help us even today.
The Church, Paul has said, is the most conspicuous place where God is going to show his intentions for the universe. Marriage is the other place where he will do that. Turns out, men and women have different roles to play in this cosmic drama.
Paul takes the next step in his unpacking of what it means to "imitate God" when he turns to the topic of human marriages. Marriages are hard because we are trying to use them for purposes for which they were never intended. Only when we see God's larger mission can we get a sense of how our marriages can be a blessing.
There is so much to fear in the midst of this pandemic. But the disciples found themselves in a similar quarantine in the days after Jesus' crucifixion that is remarkably similar to our own. But when Jesus appears, it changes everything. How the resurrection addresses our fears in our topic.