February 28, 2016 – Christ & The Church – Lasting Lessons from Long Ago Lovers

Ephesians 5.21-33

21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.

25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church.30 And we are members of his body.

31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

  • Mutual submission is evidence of our reverence for Christ.

Colossians 3.12-15 “… 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”

  • Christ is head of the Church.

Ephesians 1.22 “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.”

  • God’s Word prepares a glorious, spotless church.

Hebrews 12.14 “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”

  • We are members of Christ’s body.

1 Corinthians 12.27 “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

  • Christ and the church are one.

Genesis 1.24 “This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”

jlanhamFebruary 28, 2016 – Christ & The Church – Lasting Lessons from Long Ago Lovers