Devotions for July 13, 2017

EPHESIANS 5:25-33

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.[a] 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.”[b] 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.

CHRIST AND THE CHURCH

This passage clearly lays out the role of Jesus as the Bridegroom and the Church as his Bride. The Church is not a building or one local institution, but rather all disciples of Jesus spanning all time. This should inform all of our discussions about marriage and love relationships.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: According to verse 25, how should a husband love his wife?

Q: What great mystery does marriage illustrate in view of verses 31-32?

Q: How might you demonstrate devotion to Jesus this week, since we as the Church are the Bride of Christ?

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