Good Morning! Every Monday here on the blog we will give you a verse to meditate on throughout the week. During this summer intro season on our site we want to introduce you to the verses that inspired the launch of The Grace Mask almost 5 years ago. Today we are looking at the anchor verse for The Grace Mask – an often overlooked verse nestled into a passage of scripture referenced in sermons and studies directed toward husbands. As women we look at Ephesians 5:22-24 for instructions from Paul about submission and respect for our husbands. Paul then directs his words to husbands in verses 25-31. This is how those verses read in The Message… and there is gold in these words for women who seek it!
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage.
No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, since we are part of his body. And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.”
Do you see that bold text!? What an amazing word that is to us as a church! But women in every situation can look at that promise from Jesus, THE Groom we all desperately want deeply in our souls, and know without any doubt that we are loved deeply by a perfect man who laid down his life for us and IS coming back for us!
Let’s look at the original Greek language of this text.
The New American Standard Bible translates the original Greek text of Ephesians 5:26 as follows:
“so that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word”
So – “ina” – this word is a conjunction indicating purpose
that he might sanctify – “agiasē” – to make holy
her, having cleansed – “katharisas” – to cleanse
her by the washing – “loutrō” – by the washing
of water – “udatos” – water
with the word. – “rēmati” – a word
The message of this verse is this: Jesus purpose is to make us holy (or “whole” as The Message puts it). And to make us holy, which also makes us beautiful, he gives us his word. His word cleans us like water cleans us. Water baptism symbolizes this initial washing. It is an act of obedience to represent we have accepted what God’s word says about us and we are willingly submitting our lives to the continual sanctification work of his word.
Meditating and memorizing scripture verses is good for us, but let’s consider what this particular verse points to…. this verse does not stand alone as one we can “pick out” and stand on. “His words” are ALL of scripture, not just this one little verse. Get into “everything he does and says” by reading his word and spending time with his people. We are not alone as His Bride. YOU are His bride but you need your sisters and brothers in Christ. You need her to love you in Christ and speak his words over you. As we do life together this love of Christ brings out our very best.
Today I want you to let these words sink in. Next week we will go to a scripture in the Old Testament describing what Jesus came to give up for us (see verse 25 above). And we will look at Ephesians 5:27 in a few weeks but this week remind yourself of these words often. Write them down in your journal, on a postcard, on your mirror, on your hand, wherever you will see them often:
Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring out the best of her.
Remember this today and all week and keep your eyes on The Groom! ~ Aurelia