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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Four

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 4            Page 6
V.25 (Cont'd.)

** Is it possible for someone to love his wife to much?

No - we can love them in some wrong ways, but never to much. Jesus was driven by the love of God to give up His life for the church He loved, as husbands we should be willing to do the same thing everyday of our lives. Self denial is at the heart of this type of daily sacrifice on behalf of our beloved wife!

V.26 ** For the REASON behind this marvelous attitude of subjection toward our wife, let's look closer at what Jesus accomplished in His loving display of sacrifice on behalf of the church. We are about to learn five things accomplished by Christ and as Christian husbands, our love for our wives should be able to accomplish the same things.

1) "He might sanctify her" hagiazo - to make holy, to set apart to God cf. Hebrews 10:10
The husband is to spend his life seeing to it that his wife is "set apart" to God.

2) "having cleansed her...with the word"
cf. Titus 3:5 The husband is to continually purify his wife with the word of God.

V.27

3) "present to Himself the church" cf.2Corinthians 11:2
The husband is to work toward the goal of presenting his pure wife to God.

4) "having no spot or wrinkle" The absence of a moral or spiritual stain. cf. Deuteronomy 17:1
The husband is to know his wife and tenderly work at removing any such spot or wrinkle.

5) "she should be holy and blameless" cf. Colossians 1:22
When all is said and done, the husband needs to show his love for his wife by presenting her to God as one who is above reproach.

** How would you describe this kind of love?

This love is totally committed, no matter what and places the object of its love above or before its own needs and desires. It is willing to make all sacrifices needed for a lifetime.
cf. 1Corinthians 13:4-7

So the MANNER in which he is to love his wife is "just as Christ also loved His church", and the REASON is to bring glory to God through his beloved wife!

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