Many don’t understand that when you do it God’s way, you can call on Him in times of distress. When you do things in conflict with His Word, you can still call on Him and thank Him for His mercy, but you may have to walk out that situation that you have found yourself in and walking that situation out may take years. There may be scars and old wounds and situations that last a lifetime.
Christ used marriage to illustrate His relationship to the church (His body). Him doing this stresses and emphasizes how He thinks about marriage. Ephesians 1:22-23 teaches us that Christ is the head of the church and the church (those who are saved) are part of His body. The emphasis I want to place here is on Christ as the head of the church. . . just as husbands are head of the household. The head and the body are connected . . . Christ as the head of the body is connected to us (and in us), the body. Look at the scripture below.
Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. The husband is the head of the wife. If there is no wife, there is no husband and there is no head. Why would you expect a man to whom you are not married, for whom you have had a child to stand up and be a man and do right by you. There is no covenant connection. This is why the correct order is husband and then father. The head of the wife is supposed to become the father of the children. Genesis teaches that the husband and wife shall become one flesh. The husband is connected to his wife just like Christ is connected to His church.
Let’s stay here in Ephesians and look down to verses 25 -27. God gives instruction for the husband to love his wife as Christ loved the church. Look here at the sacrifice and committment that Jesus made to His church. The example here for our marriages is that we as husbands should cherish our wives, and care for them . . . pay for their trips to the beauty salon, to get their nails done, their gym membership, buy them nice clothes, have them a nice car to drive . . . give them good things, show them compassion, etc. Jesus is our example.
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