The Bride's Privileges
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:25-33
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. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (ESV)
By the life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus, the church has been redeemed from sin and cleansed from all unrighteousness. Furthermore, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Ephesians 5:25-33, the bride of Christ comes to enjoy all the benefits and blessings that he brings. They are accepted before God the Father on the basis of who Christ is and their belief in him. This is one of the most central truths to understand the Christian life. For in it we see that the church has been seated with Christ in the heavenly places and delivered from this present evil age. Not only are we justified by Christ, but the church, and therefore all believers, have true and lasting fellowship with him. This is a great comfort for Christians who struggle and suffer in this world. For as Dr. Lloyd-Jones describes, we can turn and look to Christ knowing that he loves us and cares for us as deeply as a husband loves his bride. Christ in his love for his church also gives an example for all husbands for what it looks like to love their wives wholly and completely. It is Christ’s love of the church that should model for all Christian what true love looks like.