Ephesians 5:22-33 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that sherespects her husband.
Jesus loves the church the way a groom loves his bride. He loves the church as her head, savior, giver, sanctifier/cleanser, and nourisher/cherisher. This relationship provides a picture of what a marriage between a husband and wife should look like. Wives should humbly submit to their husbands and husbands should lovingly lead their wives like Jesus loves and leads the church. Husbands are to love their wives as her “head.” The husbands’ headship doesn’t mean he has authority to be oppressive or chauvinistic, rather, he is to be the one who takes responsibility for the well being of his wife in every way, like Jesus takes responsibility for the church.
1. Was there anything from Sunday’s Sermon or the Big Idea that was new to you or had an affect on you? Did you hear anything that raised more questions in your mind?
2. What stands out to you in Ephesians 5:22-33 and why? What questions do you have about the passage?
3. Spend some time praying over one another in general and then for each to exalt Jesus either through their humble submitting as wives or through their loving leadership as husbands.
Wives, the truth is that Jesus is the Great Submitter. Take your cue from Jesus, who in the garden of Gethsemane prayed for the cup to be taken from him, but ended with “not my will but yours be done.” For the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, submitting to God the Father. You’ll never submit like you should, until you see and trust that Jesus has already perfectly submitted on your behalf.
Husbands, the truth is that Jesus is also the Great Leader. Take your cue from Jesus, who on the cross lead lead the church on the true and better Exodus, freeing us from slavery to the punishment and power of sin. He lead us out of darkness into His marvelous light. You’ll never lead like you should, until you see and trust that Jesus has already perfectly lead you out of darkness.
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