Before God, our shame is removed only by the intentional, willing, and grace-motivated act of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Before our spouse, our shame is removed only by his or her intentional, willing, and grace-motivated forgiveness.
We can’t keep the marriage covenant without God. We can’t keep the marriage covenant without grace.
By submitting to one another, we refuse to let any distinction come between us. We are embracing our identity in Christ who saved one person exactly as he saved the next: by his grace alone.
The Ephesians may have been tempted to worship God as they once worshiped Dionysus or Artemis. Not only was drinking typical for many of them, but it was also spiritual.
Rather than allow yourself to be under the influence of alcohol, believers should be under the total influence of the Spirit.