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The Bride of Christ Ephesians 5:25-27. Pentecost Sunday May 15, 2005. Jilted Georgia Groom Stands by His Bride. John Mason.

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the bride of christ ephesians 5 25 27

The Bride of ChristEphesians 5:25-27

Pentecost Sunday

May 15, 2005

john mason
John Mason
  • “Haven’t we all made mistakes? Just because we haven’t walked down the aisle, just because we haven’t stood in front of 500 people and said our ‘I do’s,’ my commitment before God to her was the day I bought that ring and put it on her finger, and I’m not backing down from that.
reflections on ephesians 5
Reflections on Ephesians 5
  • Paul holds up Christ’s love for the church as the ideal marriage.
  • Today, we celebrate the history, the life, the ministry and the impact the church of Jesus Christ has had on countless generations.
the position christ surrendered for us
The Position Christ Surrendered for Us
  • Ephesians 5:25
  • Philippians 2:5-8
  • 2 Corinthians 8:9
  • Ephesians 5:23
ephesians 5 25
Ephesians 5:25
  • 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

historical perspective
Historical Perspective
  • There is one event
  • more significant than
  • man walking on the
  • moon, and that is
  • God walking on the
  • earth in the person
  • of Jesus Christ.
philippians 2 5 6
Philippians 2:5-6
  • 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
  • 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

living letters paraphrase of philippians 2 6
Living Letters Paraphrase of Philippians 2:6
  • “He did not demand and cling to His rights as God.”
philippians 2 7 8
Philippians 2:7-8
  • 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
  • 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

commentary on philippians 5 7 8
Commentary on Philippians 5:7-8
  • “Jesus left the hails of glory to come down to the nails of Calvary.”
2 corinthians 8 9
2 Corinthians 8:9
  • 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

ephesians 5 23
Ephesians 5:23
  • 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.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

the purity that christ grants to us
The Purity that Christ Grants to Us
  • Ephesians 5:25-26
  • Hosea 1:2-3
  • Hosea 3:1-3
  • Philippians 1:9-10
  • 2 Corinthians 11:2-4
  • Proverbs 31:19, 23, 28
ephesians 5 25 26
Ephesians 5:25-26
  • 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,

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

observations
Observations
  • The Bible not only calls the church the bride of Christ, but we are also called the body of Christ.
  • In John 15, Jesus identifies God as the gardener in a vineyard.
jesus has made his bride holy in two ways
Jesus Has Made His Bride Holy in Two Ways
  • He has cleansed us through the washing of water.
hosea 1 2 3
Hosea 1:2-3
  • 2 When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, take to yourself an adulterous wife and children of unfaithfulness, because the land is guilty of the vilest adultery in departing from the Lord.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

hosea 3 1 3
Hosea 3:1-3
  • 1 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
  • 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

hosea 3 1 320
Hosea 3:1-3
  • 3 Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will live with you.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

god s forgiveness is not a license to sin
God’s Forgiveness Is Not a License to Sin
  • As Paul himself would ask, “Shall we sin so that grace may abound?”
  • Then He answers his own question, “By no means!”
  • We should want to be a pure, spotless bride because He loves us.
jesus has made his bride holy in two ways22
Jesus Has Made His Bride Holy in Two Ways
  • He has cleansed us through the washing of water.
  • He has cleansed us through the washing of His Word.
psalmist said
Psalmist said…
  • “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”
philippians 1 9 10
Philippians 1:9-10
  • 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ,

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

2 corinthians 11 2 4
2 Corinthians 11:2-4
  • 2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him. 3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

proverbs 31 19
Proverbs 31:19
  • 19 She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

proverbs 31 23
Proverbs 31:23
  • 23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

proverbs 31 28
Proverbs 31:28
  • 28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995. Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

the presentation that christ will make of his church one day
The Presentation that Christ Will Make of His Church One Day
  • Ephesians 5:27
  • Revelation 19:7-9
  • Romans 8:38-39
ephesians 5 27
Ephesians 5:27
  • 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

revelation 19 7 9
Revelation 19:7-9
  • 7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
  • 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

revelation 19 7 932
Revelation 19:7-9
  • 9 Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.

wedding vows
Wedding Vows
  • I take you to have and to hold from this day forward. For better, for worse. For richer, for poorer. In sickness and in health. Till death do us part.
romans 8 38 39
Romans 8:38-39
  • 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids. Zondervan.