The Bride of Christ
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:25-27
Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 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. (ESV)
Many in society have a very flippant view of love. This is seen when a couple confesses their undying love to one another and breaks up in a matter of days. Or as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones refers to, the many songs and poems that we hear and sing. But all of this is in stark contrast to how God’s Word presents love in general, as well as his love for Christians and the Church. This love is one that prompted him to send his only begotten Son to die a painful death as an atoning sacrifice for those who were his enemies. This is a sanctifying love that transforms and renews. It is not filthy or crude, but as Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes from Ephesians 5:25-27, it is the love that puts others before oneself. This is the love that is demonstrated on the cross and that is to be demonstrated marriage. For just as Christ loved his Church and gave Himself up for it, so also must the husband love his wife, even as he loves his very own flesh. This is the great calling upon all husbands, to love their wives just as Christ loves his Church in a pure and sacrificial love that is unblemished by sin and is without the taint of self service. This is the bountiful picture of love that God gives us in Christ.