The Apostle Paul's Revelation: A Paradigm Diagram
The Great Mystery
United Family of God in Heaven and on Earth
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Of whom the whole family in heaven and on earth is named, Ephesians 3:14, 15
The Great Mystery
Divine Union Biblically Represented as a Marriage
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.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Ephesians 5:23, 24 & 32
Spiritual or Figurative Male and Female in this chart is not determined by the natural physical differences between males and females nor is it determined necessarily by inherent psychological differences. Spiritual or Figurative Male or Female pertains to the two basic collective spiritual functionalities in the body of Christ as would be patterned in a perfected husband wife relationship. Man specifically was created in the image of God so for Easterners, especially in western Asia Minor, who used functional realities to understand abstract spiritualities, understanding the apostle Paul's revelation of the great mystery by the familial relationship was simple.
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.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:31,32
The One Body of Christ
I Corinthians 11:29, 12:27
On Family Growth
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ: Ephesians 4:15
The New Testament is a record of the growth of the family of God from the baptism of Jesus Christ unto the death of the apostle Paul. The book of Acts, in particular, recounts the growth of the family from Peterís ministry unto the fulfillment of Paulís ministry when he wrote the Ephesiansí letter.
The thread of New Testament records about John Mark from being the disciple Jesus loved, through his tutelage under Peter in Jerusalem unto being one of the few ministers with Paul at his end, depict the growth of a saint.
The Eastern familial growth is the pattern from which Paul understood and figuratively communicated the spiritual growth of the family of God.
1. Mothers were solely responsible for raising both male and female children until the age of five. (Modern child psychologistsí report that at five years old children begin to identify themselves as either masculine or feminine.)
2. From five until marriage, in the childrenís early teens, both the father and the mother shared the responsibility of raising their children. The father focused on the sons and the mother focused on the daughters. It was during this time that household servants or mature eldest sons participated in the education of children.
3. When male children reached the age of thirteen they became official family heirs, were considered then responsible for their actions, jointly responsible to uphold the family traditions, and eligible to marry.
4. Marriage was usually between extended family members or tribal members as with Rebecca and Isaac, and Rachel and Jacob.
5. The mother was central with the development of her future daughters in law during their betrothal periods.
6. When females married they became joint heirs with their husbands. The husbandís father became spiritually central to the new couple as members of the clan.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king,
which made a marriage for his son, Matthew 22:2
The Great Mystery
Mature Divine Union
of the Saints from Heaven and the Faithful on Earth:
Thus, at His coming, the Answered Lordís Prayer
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God,
to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 1:1