Monday, April 28, 2014

Ephesians 5:22-33

Here is an email I sent to a brother on Ephesians 5:22-33. 

Your logic is fascinating.........but.......

[22] Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

There is our context. (notice the plurals)

[23] 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.

"The husband" is obviously used in a general since. Paul is talking about "husband" as a title, not a specific singular person or organization. In a marriage the husband has the title as "head" of the wife (as we say "head of the family) and Christ has the title "Head" of the body.

[24] Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

As the church is subject to Christ and His word, so should the wives be subject to their husbands. (notice the plurals)

[25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

A husband should love his wife and give himself for her as Christ loved the church and gave himself for IT.

[26] That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
[27] 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.

Second Corinthians chapter eleven verse two is a good cross reference to this " For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ"......and also 1 Cor. 6:15-17 "Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit."

[28] So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.

Men should love their wives as their own bodies because Matt. 19:5-6 says "And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

[29] For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
[30] For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

We see all through this passage that Paul is saying that we are joined unto the Lord and He is the Head of the church (which His body) and Paul likens this to the husband and wife relashionship. Paul says "WE ARE MEMBERS OF HIS BODY". Who is the "WE" that is "members of His body"? Paul does not say "YE" (as a local church) he says "WE" (as himself included even though he was not a member of the Ephesians church).

[31] 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.
[32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Paul just got through giving a lesson on the husband and wife relashionship, which was not a mystery, but he also got through revealing how the "we are members of His body" and that we are joined unto the Lord as one flesh (which is THE mystery according to Ephesians 3:1-9).

[33] Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.

There Paul finishes he lesson on marriage

That is all I know about Ephesians 5:22-33......have a great week. --Bro. Hoss

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