Marriage – Christ and the Church, Part 3
Husbands and Wives in Christ
As we have seen in the passages in Ephesians 5 these last two weeks there is a strong spiritual, emotional, and physical tie between the relationship that we have as the church, (the bride of Christ) and our own relationship at home in our marriages. Who we are in Christ is reflected in our marriage and how we live out our lives.
As we think about our marriages, and our relationship with Jesus, we have a biblical revelation of each (husband and wife) in what God intended them to be.
Eph 5:24 -28 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
As we think about our marriages, we have a tendency to focus on the physical, dimensions, and the emotional experiences rather than the spiritual. Oh, we may go to church together, and may even read the bible together at times, but.. this verse reveals a truth about the spiritual dynamic of a Christian marriage that should dramatically and effectively transform our marriages.
The difficulties in marriage come when the husband and wife are not totally committed and submitted to Jesus, when they are not actively seeking to emulate Him and submit to Him. We slip out from His Lordship and become absorbed in making our own way in the flesh, trying to resolve our issues, without His guidance and counsel. It is only as true disciples (learners) following and growing in Jesus, that we can truly have the kind of marriage that Ephesians 5 calls us to.
Finally we must realize that it is the pursuit of the Spirit, and walking in the Spirit, that produces the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and marriages (Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self – control).This is the foundation and strength of all of our relationships. Galatians 5: 22 – 26
May God grant that we can live in faithful submission to His word
and experience the joy of godly marriages and families.
Love to All in Jesus,