Ephesians 5:29-33 (JDV)
Ephesians 5:29 You see, no one ever hates his own flesh but provides and cares for it, like Christ does for the congregation,
Ephesians 5:30 since we are members of his body.
Ephesians 5:31 For this reason a human will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.
Ephesians 5:32 This mystery is profound, but I am talking about Christ and the congregation.
Ephesians 5:33 To sum up, each one of you is to care about his wife like himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.
the pattern of the eternal relationship
There is a profound mystery Paul is talking about here, and a practical implication. The profound mystery has to do with the eternal relationship between Christ and the saved – past and present – who will live with him forever. The practical implication has to do with present reality – the temporary relationship between husbands and their wives who are part of that group, and living today. Our Christian marriages are temporary in that we will not be married after the resurrection.
Until then, we should make every effort to pattern our marriages after the permanent relationship we will have with Christ. Just as Christ sacrificed his life in order to procure that permanent relationship, so husbands ought to live sacrificially for the sake of their wives. Husbands and wives should be faithful to each other because their marriage is following the pattern of the eternal relationship.
Lord, show us how to reflect our permanent relationship with you in our marriages.