Husbands Love Your Wives as Christ

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).

Christ loved [the church] with an EFFECTIOUS love; He loved the Church in a way which transformed …

Christ’s love was also an INCARNATIONAL love. The Word did not love the Church from a great distance. Rather He took on the form of a servant and emptied Himself. Christ’s love for His church was literally embodied in His sacrificial life. His love was not measured by what he felt; it was measured by what He accomplished … The love of Christ is defined in terms of what He did …

Christ loved His people with a RESPONSIBLE love. In His loving, He took upon Himself all the sins of His people. These were sins which He had not personally committed and for which we had no right to blame Him. And yet … He assumed responsibility. The ground of our salvation is nothing less that Christ’s assumption of that responsibility.

In the same way, a husband may not be blamed for a particular problem in his marriage. But whether he is at fault or not, he remains responsible. Christ was never to blame for anything that God held Him responsible for, and yet He assumed the responsibility for all our sins …

Lastly, Christ love His people with an INSTRUCTIONAL love. Christ washed His Church with the Word, as should husbands … [The husband] is not told to pile on the information, he is told to wash his wife with the water of the word that He might sanctify and cleanse it” (Ephesians 5:26).

Douglas Wilson
Federal Husband (1999), pages 22-25

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