Ephesians 5:26-27

21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

 

            Throughout our past few devotions, the apostle Paul has been using the relationship between a husband and a wife to illustrate the intimate communion that exists between Christ and the Church. The type of marital relationship that glorifies God is based upon the sacrificial love that Christ has for His people, the church. Yesterday as we looked at verse 25, we saw that “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”

          In this morning’s two verses we find that the sacrificial love of Christ for His people has a cleansing quality and also a sanctifying result on them. The church is cleansed and made pure by the washing with water through the Word. The Word is of course the Word of God as found in the Bible. We know from Hebrews 4:12 that the Word of God is “Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

          The Word exposes our innermost thoughts and desires, it tells us who we really are. At the same time, it does not leave us exposed, it tells us who God is and what He has done so that, all who trust in Jesus as their Saviour have had their sins forgiven and have received Christ’s righteousness as their own. This is good news indeed, not only have we been washed and cleansed, but we are credited with his righteousness and God accepts us on that basis alone.

          Although, our present reality as believers is that we are already set apart by God and that cannot be taken from us verse 27 reminds us that we are going through a process of being made to reflect His character more and more each day.  This sanctification process is also the sole work of God in our lives as it tells us in Philippians 1:6, “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

          This process of sanctification will take a lifetime to complete and through our daily interactions with His Word, it is being carried out. We are being washed by the Word daily as we hear it and obey it. Every day as we hear and meditate on the Word we are being refined and purified by it. God is the One who is doing this, and His goal is to see us perfected when we are, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

Think About: How can you submit to Him today through His Word. What obstacles do you need to remove from your life so that you can come to know the Lord Jesus more and more each day?

          Thank You, Father, that you have saved us in Christ and are changing us day by day into the likeness of the Lord Jesus, through the power of Your Holy Spirit. We ask you to work deeply in our lives to cleanse us through the washing of the water of Your Word. We long to stand before You without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish so that you will receive all the praise and glory In Jesus name we pray, Amen.