Ephesians 5:22-32 Life In The Family Of God, And Christian Marriage.
Having just emphasized the need to submit to one another, Paul grounds this submission in that which the church has to Christ. This also leads into his treatment of marriage, and the example which the church provides for this relationship. Wives are to submit to their own husbands, and husbands are to love their wives (vv. 22-25, 33 Cf. Acts 20:28; I Cor. 11:3; Col. 1:18; 3:18-4:1; Titus 2:4-5; I Pet. 3:1, 6). The goal is sanctification in this relationship, and the word, as always, is the sole source for this purpose (vv. 26-27 Cf. John 15:3; 17:17; Col. 1:22). A husband’s love for his wife is an example of loving one’s neighbour as oneself (vv. 28-29). Paul in fact brings this back to the life of the church (v. 30). Furthermore, the word teaches that the marriage relationship goes back to the foundations we find in Genesis (v. 31 Cf. Gen. 2:23-24; I Cor. 6:16). However, this is a parenthetical topic, albeit important one. His main topic was the church (v. 32). When we love and respect each member of the church we are blessed in return.