Doing Marriage God’s Way, Part 6 — Ephesians 5:25-27 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #30)

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A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”


I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:25-27:

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.

Peter O’Brien said, “What is meant by the church being ‘glorious’ is now described in physical terms. Using the image of a lovely young woman, Paul states that she will be without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish. Not even the smallest spot or pucker that spoils the smoothness of the skin will mar the unsurpassed beauty of Christ’s bride when he presents her to himself. Hers will be a splendour that is exquisite, unsurpassed, matchless. For the present the church on earth is ‘often in rags and tatters, stained and ugly, despised and rejected’. Christ’s people may rightly be accused of many shortcomings and failures. But God’s gracious intention is that the church should be holy and blameless, language which speaks of a beauty which is moral and spiritual.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The man who can get believers to praying would, under God, usher in the greatest revival that the world has ever known.”

In the midst of his discussion on husbands and wives, Paul gives us one of the most compelling descriptions of the work of Jesus Christ in the Church today and the ultimate goal of this work. Jesus is even now in the process of sanctifying and cleansing His bride. His goal is to “present us to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Scholars have proposed two interpretations of when this “presenting” will take place. Some say it will take place in the end times after the Rapture, while others say it is taking place every day right now.

When the Rapture takes place, all believers, dead and alive, will be caught up to Heaven to be with the Lord. Shortly thereafter, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place, and Jesus will be unified with His bride, the Church, in Heaven. Jesus is working in the Church and in the lives of believers today in order to cleanse us of anything sinful and impure so that we can be a holy and glorious bride when the Church goes to meet Him.

However, we do not have to wait for the Rapture and the Marriage Supper to be a glorious and holy Church. Jesus desires for us to be free from sin and uncleanness even now. When we go to Him in prayer, when we go to church, in our everyday lives, we ought to strive to be holy and blameless.

Now, how does this apply to the husband and wife relationship?

Husband, when you married your wife, she was not perfect. You may have thought she was at the time, but after you were married for a while, I’m sure you realized that she had some flaws. As the Christian leader of your home, your job is to do for your wife (and children) what Jesus is doing for the Church. Your goal ought to be to have a family that is holy and without blemish. Obviously, neither of you will be perfect this side of Heaven, but it is your job to run your family in as godly a manner as possible. This means confronting sin in your wife’s life. This means constant and frequent prayer with your wife and for your wife. This means Bible study so that God’s Word can have its cleansing effect on your life and her life — pointing out sins and giving practical instructions for everyday living.

Husbands, you ought to want a glorious bride, and you should settle for nothing less. Your wife may not be there yet, but she can get there, and God has commanded you to help make that happen.

Revive the Family Prayer List

PRAY FOR SPECIFIC FAMILIES

— Lois in Buffalo, New York
meet her urgent financial need

— Theresa
bless her personally, professionally, and in every relationship
take the heart of stone from her heart and grant her a new heart, renew Your Holy Spirit within her
help her to truly value herself, give her wisdom

— Mark in Sorrento, Florida
give him a closer walk with You

— Delores Stanley in Virginia
have 100% of her Social Security benefits to be released and all finances (including VA) to be released as soon as possible
provide her with her own place to live

— Jordan in Sheridan, Indiana
provide Jordan Vira, Eleanor Vira, Kyle Jones, Kylen Vira, and Kayden Vira with a financial breakthrough to meet all obligations including rent, food and utilities
give them emotional and spiritual healing

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PRAY FOR CHURCH LEADERS

Regional Leaders of the United Methodist Church

— Leaders of the Greater New Jersey Region

Brian C. Roberts
Varlyna D. Wright
Manuel R. Sardinas
Myrna L. Bethke
Regina A. Hendrickson
Wayne Jack Plumstead
Drew A. Dyson
Steven G. Bechtold

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PRAY FOR GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS

U.S. CONGRESSPEOPLE

Don Beyer
Don Young
Donald Norcross
Donald Payne, Jr.
Donna Edwards
Doris Matsui
Doug Collins
Doug LaMalfa
Doug Lamborn
Duncan Hunter

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