Examining Ephesians-Part 48-Spiritual Indicators (contn’d)

Paul wraps up his admonitions regarding marriage, in Ephesians 5:28-29, and then adds some wonderful  insights regarding the Church. Verse 28 says "So ought men (i.e; husbands) to love their wives as their own bodies." A wise and responsible man takes good care of his body. A wise and responsible Christian husband takes loving care of his wife. "He that loveth his wife loveth himself." A true Christian husband couldn't respect himself, if he didn't lovingly care for his wife. Verse 29 reminds us that "no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it…"  He does this "…even as the Lord [does] the church."  It is, as Verse 30 says, that "we are members of His Body, of His flesh, and of His bones. How united we are with Jesus! How united a Christian husband and wife are! Verse 31 adds "For this cause [reason] a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two [a man and a woman] shall be one flesh." (A holy union)  Paul continues in Verse 32: "This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the Church." Marriage should be, for a Sprit-filled husband and wife, something of an illustration of the greater relationship of Jesus with His Bride. Verse 33 ends this section on Spirit filled marriage with this timely command: "Nevertheless, let everyone of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence [respect; honor] her husband."  Focus your thoughts on the wonder of God's design and glorious purpose for marriage and love for His Church.     Ron

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