“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 Relationships (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 continues to explain the need for men to love their wives with a self-sacrificial, unconditional love…
(Eph 5:28-30) 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.
So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies.
A man’s relationship to his wife should be similar to a man’s relationship to his own body. A man works for the good of his body by eating, exercising, bathing and avoiding dangerous situations when possible.
In this same way, a man should seek to honor his wife, always working for her benefit. He is to recognize that although she is equally blessed and graced by God, she is the weaker vessel deserving of his tender care…
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.” (1 Peter 3:7)
He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
Another motivation for the husband to care for his wife is his recognition that they are partners in a “one flesh” relationship (Gen 2:21-14). The one flesh relationship is one aspect of the marital union and involves…
1. the joining of two individuals into one cohesive unit
2. they are to be united in spiritual beliefs
3. they are to be united emotionally
4. they are to be united in purpose
5. they are to be united in presence
6. they are to be united physically
7. they are to be united in concerns of life
8. they are to be united in goals
9. they are to be united in desires
One of the most important practical aspects of understanding the nature of the marital union is realizing that, when a spouse helps their mate they are, in actuality, helping their own self. By caring for his wife as he should, the husband is caring for the one that will support and accompany him in all aspects of his life as his most intimate and trusted partner.
In this sense, it is very so true that “He that loveth his wife loveth himself.”
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it,
If a man loves his body, he will care for his body. He will manifest the care of his body by:
1. nourishing his body – to bring up, to feed, to nourish – to supply physical needs for growth and maturity
2. cherishing his body – to brood, to foster, to warm – to supply emotional needs for growth and maturity
A man’s love for his wife should also revolve around both the physical and emotional care of his wife. He is responsible to supply her emotional needs as well as her physical needs securing her growth and wellbeing.
even as the Lord the church:
Paul now reminds us that the union of a man and woman reflect that of Christ and the church. Christ also lovingly cares for His body (the local assembly). Christ supplies all that is needed for the church’s spiritual growth, continuity and perpetuation. He does this through the supply of Godly leaders (Ephesians 4:11-12) and spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-31) that are used for the assembly’s growth and strengthening.
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
Paul reminds us that, as the Lord cares for His local assembly, He is working for the benefit of each individual member of that assembly. How can that be? It is because each member is a part of that body for which He is caring…
“Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)
Each individual member of the local assembly benefits when the local assembly is strengthened and grows.
Marriage, and our membership in a local assembly, come to us only through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. Both the marital union and our membership in a local assembly give to us many benefits and blessings throughout our lifetimes. May we all seek to praise and honor Christ for these great blessings He has given to us.
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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