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However, I have rarely heard a minister speak at length about the primary message that Paul presents in this passage. Paul seems to be alternating between different subjects. Paul mentions wives, then husbands, then Jesus and the Church, then husbands, and then wives again. But it would not have been confusing for people in Bible times.
Paul used a common literary device used in the Bible, Old and New Testament.
A chiasm is a way of arranging thoughts in sentences to form an X-shaped pattern. In a chiasm, the main point is often at the centre of a passage. By understanding the chiastic structure of Ephesians 5: Here is Ephesians 5: A Wives, [be submissive] to your own husbands as to the Lord B For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church C He himself is the Saviour of the body D But as the church is subject to Christ, also the wives to their husbands in everything E Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for her F That He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word X That he might present to himself the church in all her glory F1 Having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she would be holy and blameless E1 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies.
He who loves his own wife loves himself. D1 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also the church. C1 Because we are members of his body. B1 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
BX This mystery is great, but I am speaking with reference to Christ and with reference to the church. The point he is highlighting is that Jesus wants to sanctify the Church and present to himself the Church in all her glory. Paul makes this clearer by adding: I am speaking with reference to Christ and with reference to the Church BX.
This is the message we should be highlighting more. This man has taken Ephesians 5: So it seems that submission and respect are somehow related. Paul writes about the unity between Jesus Christ and the Church, and uses this example to encourage husbands to love their wives as they love themselves.
There is no mention of authority or leadership in this passage, either from Jesus or from husbands. Actually, it is the other way round: As followers of Jesus, both husbands and wives should be building unity, nurture, love, and respect in their marriages.
This is the glorious hope of every Christian man and woman. There is a kind of sanctification that comes from being married to a Christian, but this sanctification has nothing to do with gender 1 Cor.
The Bible teaches that Jesus is the Saviour and Sanctifier of men and women, and he presents the Church to himself. This is the main point of Ephesians 5: Yet Stephen Um has misappropriated the salvation and sanctification that Jesus brings and ascribed it to husbands. Furthermore, the idea that the husband is the final arbiter in difficult decisions has no biblical basis whatsoever.
The only biblical precedent I can find for decision-making in marriage is in 1 Corinthians 7: I disagree with his interpretation. The continuing theme of submission is implied but not stated verse It is not at all unusual in ancient Greek for a verbal meaning to continue on, from a word in a previous verse or previous passage, without being restated.
Submitting to one another in reverence of Christ. See here for information about textual variants in Eph. A husband does not act as saviour or sanctifier. More on this here.
A good husband acts as cherisher and nurturer. Further Reading I am indebted to Kristen Rosser for her three-part series where she points out that marriage is not an illustration or model of Christ and the church.
More on this here and here and here.In Ephesians Paul takes a little doctrinal detour when he quotes Psalms (see notes) regarding the whereabouts of Christ between the crucifixion and resurrection. He actually quotes from this Psalm to continue his thought regarding his mention of the . Ephesians ESV 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
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. Ephesians –33 Embed Embed This Verse.
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23 For c the husband is the head of the wife even as d Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is e himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church. News Items. Meetings and Travels.
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CHAPTER 5. 1 So be imitators of God, * as beloved children, a 2 and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
b 3 Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, c 4 no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. d 5. Summary Summary of the Book of Ephesians.
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