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The Great Mystery of Marriage—Christ and the Church

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Ephesians 5:22-24
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Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
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For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
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Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
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Ephesians Chapter 5:22-24

Just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything

Ephesians 5:22-24
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Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
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For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
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Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.
  1. Who are wives to submit to?
    • Ephesians 5:22
      Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
  2. Who is the head of the wife? What does Paul compare this to?
    • Ephesians 5:23
      For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
  3. In what things are wives to submit to their own husband?
    • Ephesians 5:24
      Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

Ephesians 5:25-29
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Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
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that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
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so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
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In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
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For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
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Ephesians Chapter 5:25-29

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word

Ephesians 5:25-29
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Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
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that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
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so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
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In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
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For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
  1. How is a husband to love his wife?
    • Ephesians 5:25
      Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
  2. What is the goal of his love for his wife?
    • Ephesians 5:26
      that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
  3. How will Christ present the church to Himself? How will the church appear?
    • Ephesians 5:27
      so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
  4. How should a husband love his wife? When a husband loves his wife, who else does he love?
    • Ephesians 5:28
      In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
  5. How does a man nourish and cherish his wife?
    • Ephesians 5:29
      For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,

Ephesians 5:30-33
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because we are members of his body.
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“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
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This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
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However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
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Ephesians Chapter 5:30-33

Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians 5:30-33
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because we are members of his body.
31
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
32
This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
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However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
  1. Who are we members of?
    • Ephesians 5:30
      because we are members of his body.
  2. Why should a man leave his father and mother?
    • Ephesians 5:31
      “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
  3. What is this great mystery referring to?
    • Ephesians 5:32
      This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.
  4. What must a husband do? What must a wife do?
    • Ephesians 5:33
      However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.