23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. But he makes it equally clear that God has made us and called us so that we do good works (v. 10). I believe most Christians fail to understand the responsibilities of Christian husbands and wives in the light of the biblical basis which underlies and necessitates them. As a woman must accept the proposal of her husband to be, so you must accept God’s offer of salvation in the person of Jesus Christ. And God provided her. Mark the pronouns too, this will take careful attention. In this play there are many characters, but among them there is a hero and a villain. What are you doing which contradicts the values and attitudes of the world in which we live, so that the dramatic contrast between Christianity and heathenism is underscored? Such adaptations should be carefully and prayerfully done, and they will likely be few and far between. Christ is the Head of the church because He has brought it into existence; the church originates in Christ (Colossians 1:16-18). Jesus submitted Himself to wicked and sinful men, so that by so doing He could become the “Shepherd and Guardian” of our souls (2:25). 14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her? While marriage is temporal, the reality which is symbolizes is eternal. 27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. God created the woman as Adam’s helpmeet, fashioning her to correspond to him in every way. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible is available in the Public Domain. Instead, he urged husbands to love and nurture their wives, and he urged wives to be deferential, cooperative and loyal (i.e. John Piper @JohnPiper. Instead of perpetuating this ancient ceremony, they tell us, let us do something more meaningful, more enjoyable, more relevant to our culture. respecting the spiritual marriage; now, in turn, vice versa, Ephesians 5:31 here expresses the Protasis, and allows the Apodosis to be supplied: comp. As creation’s first husband and wife, Adam and Eve symbolized by the marriage the unity of Christ and His church which would be achieved at the cross of Calvary, centuries later. He who loves his own wife loves himself; 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. ... Ephesians 5:29–30. The reasons God wants it this way are numerous, but Paul gives us one reason in Ephesians 5:32. This is a great mystery. And when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, the veil which formerly separated men from God was torn asunder, from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51). This inter-relationship between substance and symbol is referred to by the writer to the Hebrews: 1 Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, 2 a minister in the sanctuary, and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man. The subject of Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 5:21-33 is that of submission in the context of marriage. He came to the earth, lived a sinless life, manifested God to a sinful world, and then died on the cross of Calvary, bearing the punishment which we deserve for our sins. The Life Of Matthew Henry, and The Concise Commentary on the Gospels - Slightly Imperfect. The words of Adam, mentioned by the apostle, are spoken literally of marriage; but they have also a hidden sense in them, relating to the union between Christ and his church. To submit to one another requires us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. The reason is given in the preceding verses. For those who have chosen to set aside the teachings of Paul and Peter on the roles and responsibilities of husbands, and especially of wives, I have this question. The Meaning of Marriage Ephesians 5:22–32 September 12, 2017. Promiscuity and perversion are now somehow “good” because they promote peace, or at least they minimize aggressive conduct and violence. This is a neglected truth, and one which needs to be emphasized in our own times, when men look of God as though His task were to serve us, rather than recognizing that we have been created to serve God. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. (3) Christ is the head of His church as its Consummation. Our Lord has taught us that to be the greatest is to serve, and not to be served (Matthew 20:20-28). Suppose that we are all actors in a play. Have you received the salvation which this text calls on Christians to symbolize by their relationship as husbands and wives? For this reason, we will undertake our study of Ephesians 5:21-33 in three segments. And for this reason, conduct which may not seem to be an abomination by society is regarded by God as that which requires the most severe discipline. careful in our marriage relationship, to carry out God’s desire and plan faithfully. Jesus would come to the earth to “tabernacle” among men (John 1:14). Even the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies but once a year. What shall I say to you? 22 What! About this commentary: 2:8). Lewis Guest IV Apr 18, 2016 2.1K Shares Article. To be the “head” of a company is to be in charge of it. 24 Just as the called out people submit to Christ, so also wives should fully submit to their husbands.” (Ephesians 5:22-24). While there may be practical benefits to a man leaving his parents and cleaving to his wife, Moses does not bother to mention them. Marriage Like Christ and the Church. When Paul lays down these instructions to husbands and wives in Ephesians chapter 5 he also informs us that these duties are symbolic in nature. We must heed the idea of 1 Peter 1:15-16: as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy. The Christian’s conversion brings about a radical transformation of our thinking and behavior, and this will not be in harmony with a sinful, fallen world. There will be failures and defects on both sides, in the present state of human nature, yet this does not alter the relation. From all of these texts, we can identify the following fundamental elements of headship, all of which relate to the submission of the wife to her husband: (1) Christ is the head of His church as its Creator. 19 For there must also be factions among you, in order that those who are approved may have become evident among you. Four of the elements of Christ’s headship are drawn together by Paul in Romans, where he writes, “For from Him [origin] and through Him [sustaining] and to Him [consummation] are all things. In verse 31 Paul turns to a very early indication of this mystery of Christ’s union with His “body,” the church. 1. Both Chrysostom and John Paul II make it abundantly clear that both husband and wife are to submit to one another in the Lord but the husband is the one who initially loves and the wife the one who is loved. To be the head of the church is to be in authority over it (Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:16-18). The inference was now becoming clear: we should learn from the peaceful primates, and model our conduct after them. One expression is employed by Paul here to explain how our Lord is the Head of His church—He is the “Savior of the body” (verse 23). 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls (1 Peter 2:20-25). They could not approach Mount Sinai when God was giving the Law (Exodus 19:12-13, 21, 24). If we understand and apply Paul’s teaching, we will discover that one’s attitudes and conduct in a Christian marriage, like every other dimension of the Christian’s life, are dramatically different from those of the world. For her hair is given to her for a covering. What are you doing which boldly and dramatically reflects the headship of Christ over His church, and the submission of the church to Christ? In the early chapters of Ephesians, Paul has spoken much more fully concerning our salvation in Christ. Dan and Kimberly, you have come together today to give thanks for, and to participate in, God’s wonderful gift of marriage. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:3-8). I am sad to say that those who have set aside divine duties have not replaced them with anything which challenges and contradicts the world, the flesh, or the devil. (4) Christ is the Head of His church by possessing complete authority over it. I was beginning to see where this program was headed, and I was right. Immediately following Peter’s reference to our Lord’s submission, he turns to women, urging them to submit (in silence) to their husbands, linking their submission to that of Christ: “In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives” (1 Peter 3:1, emphasis mine). Suppose that someone were to suggest that this was merely an ancient celebration, applicable and meaningful only to the saints of days gone by. Be imitators of God: The idea is simple that we are to make God our example and model. The Lord’s Supper is one of the two ordinances our Lord has given to His church in this age. Saint Pope John Paul begins with the words from Ephesians, “Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.” He then describes a holy triangle in marriage: Christ, husband, and wife. Resemble him especially in his love and pardoning goodness, as becomes those beloved by their heavenly Father. In this lab, Pastor John unveils the mystery of marriage, reminding us that it whispers of Christ’s unrelenting love for his bride. Submission has become such an ugly word in our society today. Marriage is a Picture of the church (Ephesians 5:32) Ephesians 5:32. It is the author’s opinion, however, that the analysis of scripture presented in this article is representative of that … I have performed many marriage ceremonies, and have often cited the words of Genesis 2:24, but until recently I did not really understand what was meant by those first three words: “For this cause …” Moses instructs us that when a man and a woman come together in marriage, the man is to leave his mother and father and to cleave to his wife, to become one flesh. EPHESIANS 5:21-33 . 31 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. A Husband’s Manual for Marriage. Just as a man proposes to the woman of his choice, so God has proposed to you through the gospel. 2. This is the submission which I see emphasized in Ephesians 5:25-27, it is the submission of love. 28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. (5) Christ is the Head of His church because He has priority over it. Let us rather obey God’s commands and fulfill our duty to portray heavenly truths, not only to men, but to angels as well: 8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; 10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. in regard to natural marriage, [to be supplied] out of Moses; it expresses the Apodosis, viz. 3 For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices; hence it is necessary that this high priest also have something to offer. He has spoken of Christ’s headship no less than three times previously. submissive), as well as respectful, to their husbands (Eph. Gain a concise, fundamental grasp of what the Bible is all about. 22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. Marriage was meant to endure all things, and is never to be taken for granted, but to be held in high esteem at all times. Any role is a privilege. All of history is being divinely directed toward the goal of “summing up all things in Christ” (Ephesians 1:10). having resemblance. There may be a few areas of our Christian life where we have a measure of freedom to change a symbol, so as to make it more pointed to our culture,133 but we have no right at all to disobey, change, or distort God’s symbolic commands when they distort the picture they are to portray concerning the substance. the hippie slogan of the ’60s: “Make love, not war.”. And so it was that every subsequent marriage was to reflect something of the first marriage and, so to speak, the last, the marriage of Christ to His church. 4:4-7), 3. Wouldn’t our unsaved friends be more likely to attend? Here, he cites Genesis 2:24, and immediately informs us that this text refers to Christ and His church. The peaceful primates were also noted to have sex with either the male or the female of the species, without discrimination. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Paul’s instructions here create a head-on collision with the beliefs and practices of our culture. It is one thing to speak of the submission of our Lord to His Father’s will (see John 4:34; 5:30; 6:38; 8:28; Philippians 2:8). Philippians 2:3-8 certainly seems to include this dimension of our Lord’s submission. Christian Marriage: An Analysis of Ephesians 5:22 The following article is written from an Orthodox Christian’s perspective informed by John Chrysostom. Amen” (Romans 11:36). Wives, I want you to consider a few things about what is being t… 128 This expression, “summing up” is a rendering of the verb form of the same term which, in its noun form, means “head.” Thus, the Berkeley Version renders the verse this way: “In keeping with His kind intent as He personally planned for the arrangement by which the times should reach maturity, and everything in heaven and on earth should come to a head in Christ.”. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep (1 Corinthians 11:17-30). The third will deal with the duties of the Christian husband. 22 Wives, () be subject to your own husbands, () as to the Lord. Let me attempt to illustrate what I mean in this way. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also 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 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. Let us expect reaction to Paul’s teachings. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Our Lord humbled Himself, not regarding His own personal interests above ours, and thus submitting to the agony of the cross. This relationship was not understood clearly in Old Testament times. This means that the wife must always be supportive of the husband, helping … A fundamental element of the mystery is the union between Christ and His church. In each of the three pairings, the first partner is responsible to be submissive or obedient ( Ephesians 5:22; Ephesians 6:1; Ephesians 6:5). The people could only approach God through the shedding of the blood, and both in the Tabernacle and the Temple there were barriers established between God and men. (2) Christ is the head of His church as its Sustainer. If such actions do not set well with our desires (the flesh), and are in conflict with the values of our culture (the world), then we pronounce them to be the idiosyncrasies of Paul, or actions related only to that culture and time, or just plain foolishness. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also 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 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless. The symbolism of marriage can only be understood in the light of the substance on which a Christian marriage is based: the mystery of Christ’s relationship to His church. Read Ephesians 5:21-6:9. But there is one thing I will accept: we must go back to our beginnings as a basis for our behavior. 5:22, 33b). In the light of our text, we dare not think this way any longer. God then brought the woman to Adam, and presented her to him as his wife. (Ephesians 5 Commentary) Ray Stedman has the following thoughts on this verse in his devotional entitled The Cure For Conflict ... Paul now discusses marriage which he uses as a picture of the church, the mystery of Jews and Gentiles in one Body, the Bride of Christ. Unknowingly, they believe Paul’s teaching to be a mere reflection of his culture, and not a timeless teaching, independent of the culture of that day, and of our own. Chocolate syrup might taste delicious on vanilla ice cream, but it would hardly replace the wine (or grape juice) as the symbol for Christ’s shed blood. To deny our Lord’s submission to the church (as well as to the Father’s will) in order to “protect” His headship is something like denying our Lord’s suffering in order to protect His glory. Go through Eph. Stated briefly the substance dictates the symbol. The Expositor's Bible Commentary, Abridged Edition. But those only who are sanctified now, shall be glorified hereafter. Adam was conspicuous as the only creature without a corresponding mate. The duty of husbands is to love their wives. What was true of communion is also true of Christian marriage, and of the conduct of the man and the woman as husband and wife. I believe that He submits Himself to the church by seeking its blessing at His expense. I “violently” (pardon the pun) disagree with both the premise and the conclusion. Therefore: Here, Paul concludes the thought from Ephesians 4, where he described how Christians should relate to one another. The nature of the heavenly reality determines the nature of the symbol. Because marriage, from its beginnings, was designed by God to symbolize the relationship of Christ to the church. The love of Christ to the church is an example, which is sincere, pure, and constant, notwithstanding her failures. We were, as sinners, worthy only of Christ’s eternal wrath. Wouldn’t people find it more beneficial? Nevertheless — As if he said, But though there be such a mystical sense in the marriage of Adam and Eve, or in the union subsisting between a man and his wife; though it be a striking emblem of the union between Christ and his church, yet the plain, literal sense especially now concerns you. Filter The Archives: As they passed by two by two it became apparent that every male animal had its female counterpart. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. This person has taken Ephesians 5:22-35 to be solely about marriage and has misunderstood Paul’s highlighted point. 132 See also 1 Corinthians 11:10; 1 Peter 1:10-12. But how can one who is the supreme leader of the church (its head) also be submissive to it? He addressed six groups: wives and husbands ( Ephesians 5:22-33), children and parents ( Ephesians 6:1-4), and slaves and masters ( Ephesians 6:5-9). 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Paul has already spoken of this mystery in chapter 2, and especially in chapter 3. In this I will not praise you. What is it that you have replaced God’s symbols with, which brings about persecution for your identification with Christ and the proclamation of His glorious gospel? In our culture, we may be able to convey love and care for one another by a handshake, or a hug, if a “kiss” has the appearance of evil in our culture. Adam was given the task of naming all of the animals God had made. A careful reexamination of Paul's great passage on Marriage in Ephesians 5.21-33 is essential in order to lay the proper foundation for any modern approach to Family Life Education which is both Biblical and clear sighted. In Christ, men not only saw God manifest in the flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), they touched Him, and felt His healing touch (1 John 1:1). In Christ, there are no distinctions; we are all equal in our standing before Christ: 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. The Search OF the Savior: Why Jesus Came, Part 2 (Gal. If wives are to submit to their husbands “in the same way” that Christ submitted Himself to wicked men, then surely we cannot deny that our Lord did submit Himself to men. The reason is that the fundamental and primary union evident in the marriage of Adam and Eve is to be reflected in every subsequent marriage, to symbolize the union of Christ and His church, achieved centuries later through the work of Christ. When God created marriage, He has a specific purpose in mind. It was a kind of type, as. Previous commentary: There is no value in seeking to demonstrate the symbolism of the gospel until you have first received of its substance—Christ Himself. 129 Paul goes even further, not leaving this with Adam and Eve, but in stating that woman is created for the man’s sake, that is, that the wife’s is given as the man’s helper, and not the reverse. This fundamental reality which underlies and explains the attitudes and conduct of a man and his wife in marriage is the relationship of Jesus Christ to His church. Finally, I would say to you that the values assigned to our roles by our culture are opposite to those assigned by God. 22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fulness of Him who fills all in all (Ephesians 1:22-23, emphasis mine). But the symbolic gesture we set aside should be replaced by another, one that does convey the reality which it is indented to symbolize. DAY 1 . We must first argue that we dare not set aside that which our Lord has instituted, and which His church has continued to practice, from New Testament days onward. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. God created Adam from the dust of the ground and Eve from Adam’s flesh and bone. 21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. Paul’s instructions are written off as the ranting of an ancient male chauvinist. But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. In other words, the headship of Christ is evident in the salvation which He accomplished at Calvary. Headship has to do with origins. wives-pink husband or husbands - blue Christ- yellow The scripture for that talk was Ephesians 5: 21-33, our first reading today. In Genesis chapter 2, God created Adam. This week I saw a portion of a television program having to do with a certain species of primates. As you start this study, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand what God has said through Paul. Christians are instructed to submit to every human institution for the Lord’s sake (2:13-17). But she was not like any other creature in that she was not made from the dust of the earth; she was created instead from Adam’s flesh and bones. Apr 18, 2016. 21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ. Ephesians 5:32, in the middle. I do not see how we can deny the fact that Jesus did, in some fashion, submit Himself to men. It is one thing for the unbelieving world to reject Paul’s instructions; it is quite another for Christians to do so. Adam is the head of Eve because she was created for his benefit (1 Corinthians 11:9),129 and Christ is the head of the church because the church was created for His benefit. Shall I praise you? Now, through the teaching of the Apostle Paul and other New Testament writers, this mystery is clear, and our conduct in marriage is to be a reflection of this mystery. Col. 1:21-22). You could say it was a marriage made in heaven as God brought Adam and Eve together and united I urge you to trust in Him for your salvation. I do not think that our conduct should be modeled after monkeys (or chimpanzees, and any other primates), and neither do I believe that sexual promiscuity is the solution for violence. Study the bible online using commentary on Ephesians 5 and more! 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