Appropriate for today as we celebrate Father’s Day in the USA.
CONTEXT: Matthew Henry comments: We had several important exhortations in the close of the foregoing chapter, and they are continued in this: particularly, I. We have here an exhortation to mutual love and charity (v. 1, 2). II. Against all manner of uncleanness, with proper arguments and remedies proposed against such sins: and some further cautions are added, and other duties recommended (v. 3-20). III. The apostle directs to the conscientious discharge of relative duties, from v. 21, throughout this, and in the beginning of the next chapter. Also BibleRef.org comments; Husbands are then addressed and called to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). They are to love their wives as they do their own bodies, teaching that the man who loves his wife loves himself (Ephesians 5:28). Paul transitions to a reference to Genesis 2:24, noting the mystery is profound between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:32). In summary, Paul reminds husbands to love their wives as they do themselves and for wives to respect their husbands (Ephesians 5:33).
CHRIST’S LOVE TO HIS SPOUSE
INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S-DAY, OCTOBER 25, 1896
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON
ON LORD’S-DAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 5, 1886
“Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.” Ephesians 5:25