Ephesians Devotional 49

The Apostle Paul spends the rest of this passage [Eph 5:23-33] focusing upon the husband’s responsibility for caring for his wife. First, “… the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body” (vs 23). Second, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” Third, Jesus loved His church “so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless” (vs 26-28). Fourth, likewise, “So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body” (vs 29-30). Fifth, marriage is to be an exclusive relationship where the two function as one. “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh” (vs 31). Sixth, marriage designed by God is spiritually three persons. Christ is the godly Husband, and the union of husband and wife are Jesus’ bride.” This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church” Our model of marriage (vs 31-32). Seventh, husbands love, your wife as you love yourself because you are one flesh, “Nevertheless, each individual among you also is to love his own wife even as himself” (vs 33).

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