“That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”
The Grace Of Relatioinships (5:22-33)
Eph 5:22-33 KJV
“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 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.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 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. Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.”
This devotional, continues to look at the second main division of the book of Ephesians. Previously, we have looked at “Reflections Of His Grace Revealed” (chaps 1-3). It that section, Paul revealed to us the gracious works of the Lord in the lives of His chosen people.
In this new section “Reflections Of His Grace Applied” (chaps 4-6) Paul will be explaining to us the practical effects of God’s grace in the lives of His people.
- The Grace Of Unity (4:1-6)
- The Grace Of Maturity (4:7-16)
- The Grace Of Renewal (4:17-32)
- The Grace Of Imitation (5:1-14)
- The Grace Of Wisdom (5:15-21)
- The Grace Of Relationships (5:22-33)
- The Grace Of Authority/Submission (6:1-9)
- The Grace Of Preparedness (6:10-21)
The next effect of God’s grace we will be looking at is the grace of RELATIONSHIPS (5:22-33). For those who are called to be married, there is no greater earthly relationship that can be enjoyed. Within a Godly marriage love, harmony, unity of heart and mind, and unconditional support are constants that only enhance our relationship with Christ.
Keeping all this in mind, let’s turn our attention to this is a very basic outline of this section of Scripture:
I. The Marriage Relationship – The Wife’s Responsibility (vs 22-24)
II. The Marriage Relationship – The Husband’s Responsibility (vs 25-29)
III. The Marriage Relationship – An Example Of Christ’s Great Love (vs 30–33)
FOR A MORE COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF EACH PARTY IN THE MARITAL COVENANT PLEASE REFER TO:
Paul now explains to us the benefits received by His assemblies which were gained by Christ’s loving sacrifice of Himself …
(Eph 5:26-27) That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Why did Christ die for His local assembly?…
That he might sanctify and cleanse it
1. That He might sanctify it – to separate His assembly FROM sin TO His use
2. That He might cleanse it – to purify the assembly from sin
Through His work on the cross Christ can cleanse His churches from their sin and then reserve them for His use.
How does He do this?
with the washing of water by the word,
It is through His use of the Word within the assembly. The Word of God acts as purifying water in the assembly. As the Pastor teaches the truths of the Word and then leads the church to put it into practice in all their ministries, the church finds itself being rid of sin and being used of God for His honor and glory.
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” (John 15:3)
That he might present it to himself a glorious church,
Through the cleansing work of the Word within the local assembly, Christ desires to place on display, in His sight (present to himself) a church that is honorable and noble
What makes a church “a glorious church”?
not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
There are five basic marks of a “glorious” church…
1. not having spot – blemish that brings upon it disgrace – nothing that brings upon it public disgrace
2. not having wrinkle – a crease or a ripple (in a pond) – nothing that causes upheaval, distress or disharmony
3. not having any such thing – anything of the same type – nothing that takes away from its beauty
4. holy – separated from sin to God’s use – it must be set apart from sin and reserved for God’s use
5. without blemish – with no flaws – no shortcomings, flawless or nothing that deserves blame
Basically, for a church to be classified as “glorious” there must be a loving, sincere singular dedication to Christ’s service that results in the church carefully guarding her public testimony and her private unity and holiness.
This can only be had through the work of Christ and the cleansing of the Word that is found in her midst.
This is His desires for His local assemblies in the here and now. There is no contextual reason why we must make this text refer to any event in eternity.
This text helps us to understand the importance of the local church’s dedication to the service of Christ. It is so important that His churches are holy, He was willing to give His life so that they might be glorious in His sight!
Let’s all thank the Lord for giving us the local assembly as the center of worship and service. And also let’s thank Him for willingly giving His life so that she might be cleansed through His Word.
May we all get a clearer picture of our Lord and Savior, and the great grace He has shown to us. Let us be always watchful to keep His great acts of grace on our behalf in the center of our attention… In doing so, may we be motivated to LOVE Him more, APPRECIATE Him more and SERVE Him more!
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