Monday, May 17, 2004

Ephesians 5: 22 - 33

22 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church--
30 for we are members of his body.
31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." (Gen.2:24)
32 This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.


WIVES
v.22,24 - Wives submit to husbands, but first to the Lord
v.23 - because the husband is the head of the wife
v.33 - Respect your husband.

HUSBANDS

v.25 - Husbands love your wives just like Christ loved the church.

Christ loved the church...

v.25 - AND gave himself up for her
26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Just like Christ loved the church, so must husbands love their wives. AND

1. Servanthood: give yourself up to her (v.25) to make her holy (v.26); Through husbands' servanthood, wives will become holy
2. Lead the way to God: cleanse her through the Word (V.26); The husband is the head and should be the head even when it comes to church!
3. Accountability: The husbands present their wives to themselves as a radiant, holy, and blameless wife. NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!!! The Word does not say that the wives should present themselves to their husbands as radiant, w/o stain, wrinkle, or other blemish, but holy and blameless. No. It is up to the husband to do that. The husband is accountable for the holiness of their wives. WHOA!!! That shocks me...it does, really, but I'm think about that. The husband is the head of the wife. We should all be holy before God, and we, our individual selves, should strive for holiness in our walk with God, but husbands are pulling double duty! They are not only accountable for their own holiness, but the holiness of their wives. Whaaaaaat.....someone correct me if I'm wrong!!! I'm only taking what the Scripture says!

And yet ANOTHER call to husbands:

28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church--
30 for we are members of his body.
31 "For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh." (Gen.2:24)
32 This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church.

Husbands are to love their wives as their own bodies, by:
1. Supporting her: feeding and caring for her (v.29)
2. Supporting her SPIRITUALLY: How did Christ feed the church??? Physically (feeding the multitudes with bread and fish), and Spiritually. So must husbands feed their wives spiritually. This goes back to v.26.
Why???
Because the husband is one with his wife (v.30-31), just as Christ is one with the church (v.32).

28 ...He who loves his wife loves himself
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself...

A husband must love his wife just as he loves himself. If a husband loves his wife, he loves himself. The husband and the wife are one.

This is reiterated over and over again, isn't it. It's like a big *HINT*HINT* sign. The husbands do not put themselves first, but their wives. Hey, back to that servanthood again (v.25). Just as Christ put us before himself, so must husbands put their wives first before themselves.

HUSBANDS AND WIVES...

23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

The husband is the head of the wife, just like Christ is the head of the church. Who's the head of Christ??? The Father (John 15:19, Acts 13:33, Hebrews 5:5, and many references of God as the Father of Christ, and children are to obey their parents). But yet, the Father and the Son are equal.

The husband is the head of the wife, but at the same time, they are equal. Just as the Father is the head of the Son, and at the same time, they are equal.

Hey check this out HUSBANDS:

There are more verses geared to the husbands than to the wives! Listen...

Wives are to submit and respect their husbands, but husbands are to love their wives.

If a husband feels that his wife does not submit to him or respect him, he should stop and check himself. Is he loving his wife? Is he putting his wife before himself? Is he in the Lord and leading his wife towards the walk of God? Is he striving to make his wife holy and blameless?

WIVES check it out:

If a wife feels that her husband does not love her, she should check herself. Is she submitting to him? Is she respecting him?

If neither is happening, well, someone's pride must break, because when one happens, the other follows (in a Christian marriage that is holy before God). If the husband starts loving, the wife will start submitting, and vice versa.



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