Ephesians 5:25-32 – They Two Shall Be One Flesh

Ephesians 5:25-32
25
 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

-Paul gives us a very important piece of information here in Ephesians 5; namely that the marital relationship between husband and wife is symbolic of the joining between the Lord and His people.  Just as the Lord designed marriage to be a sacred commitment between a man and woman, He also designed our relationship with Him to be taken just as seriously.  The problem is we live in a culture that takes all of the wrong things lightly.  We live in a time where marriages are undertaken without the least bit of serious consideration for what marriage actually means and, as a result, divorces are taken even more lightly.  This is reflected in our relationships with God.  We live in a time where people hop in an out of Church and hop in and out of their “Christian status” without any real consideration for what it truly means to follow the Lord.  A generation that chooses to follow their own way ends up raising a generation that doesn’t know the right way and that’s where we are in our nation and the world at large.  It falls to us to strengthen the things that remain before it’s too late.

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