It is not a submission to brute force because the husband is the stronger of the two. "Glorious." H. Let us improve it. Luke-Acts
He will present them "blameless."II. We thus come to treat of the second state of the Church in the course of its holy progression, that to which the faithful are removed on their departure from this world. All the attributes of God are glorious, but one shines above the rest and seems to gather up into itself all the others, viz., love. This practice they kept up, when opportunity served, to the end of life. And why — again we ask — why so glorious? Instead of a companion and counsellor she would only be his echo or his shadow. Christ loved the Church because He had determined to effect upon it a mighty transformation. (3) Improve it to holiness. If pure it must also be happy; for only the pure can be truly glad. Children are pleased, when for the first time in their lives they sail across some little lake, but how surprised they are when they come to the deep and rolling sea, which seems without shore or bottom. The antiquity of it (Jeremiah 31:3).2. No; spots suppose comeliness and loveliness upon the whole. 8. "Christ loved the Church," and He walked in that Church in the radiance of love. Here Paul tells us, that the Church then presented will be glorious; and he also reminds us wherein that glory will principally consist. But do observe what is said of her. But it is not enough to love the Church and to labour in its behalf, we must likewise be willing —III. While love is kept up, all things go on sweetly; but as soon as love faileth, presently everything is out of order and out of joint; for when once they begin to disaffect the persons of each other, all matrimonial duties are stabbed at the heart.Use 1. St. Paul evidently has in his mind the figure of a marriage. (3)A husband loves his wife with a hearty love, with a love that is true and intense. 5. Why, it is this — that they will no more have any "spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." That we enter into this everlasting estate by being presented to Christ; for in the text it is said, "That He may present it to Himself," that is, as the bride to the bridegroom, that the marriage may be consummated. A love of complacency.4. (George Swinnock. Why, it is this — that they will no more have any "spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." So the husband must love the wife, that his heart may cleave to her, and take delight in her; as it is said: "The young man had a delight in Jacob's daughter" (Genesis 34:19).Secondly: The degree.1. Respond to it. The lilies are among thorns; the tares are among the wheat. "The washing of water," is "by the Word.". But why is the Church to be thus sanctified? As a Divine love to a creature so far beneath Him, what matchless condescension there is in it! The love of Christ, thus generous, persevering, tender, and fervent, is to be the model of our own. Slade, M. Gold and jewels and costly array are given to a bride. There is no true marriage in the absence of it. The lilies are among thorns; the tares are among the wheat. No; spots suppose comeliness and loveliness upon the whole. But especially by His Spirit, in, and by all things.IV. Glorious in its foundation (Ephesians 2:20).2. 1. It was more than he could endure. The love of Christ, thus generous, persevering, tender, and fervent, is to be the model of our own. The bridegroom has a friend, called a paranymph, whose duty it is to find him a bride, to secure an introduction, to prepare for the nuptials, and to be in close attendance on the wedding night. The lilies are among thorns; the tares are among the wheat. "The washing of water," is "by the Word."III. Robert Newton, the Wesleyan pulpit orator, and his bride, began their married life by retiring twice each day to pray with and for each other. A. His love to his wife, Cornelia, was so great, that he killed the male, saith Plutarch, and died quickly. We have to go on now to our last point — THE GREAT END FOR WHICH ALL THESE MEANS OF HOLINESS ARE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION. THE LOVED ONE AS SHE IS PERFECTED. The text shows us, and its answer to the question reminds us of the fourth means of our sanctification — the Word of God. As Christ loved the Church. What it was that He gave. (2) Sin is the cause of all our misery; and therefore when we are completely holy, our misery which we incurred by the fall of Adam is then at an end. It prefigures it; it assures us of it; it is intended to be its channel. A. Impossible, sir! Holiness makes the angel; the want of it the devil. HOW CHRIST LOVED HIS CHURCH.1. That the final end of our redemption is that we may be presented at the last day glorious in pretty and holiness.1. The gift — He gave Himself: "We are not redeemed with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of the Son of God" (1 Peter 1:18).3. Slade, M. Ephesians 5:25 New International Version (NIV). The first regards THE PRESENTATION OF THE CHURCH — "That He might present it to Himself." We did not choose Him; but He chose us. 'That was what I married her for,' he answered, simply. He is the Bridegroom and the Church the bride. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. THE NEARER PURPOSE OF HIS LOVE AND DEATH. (3) Improve it to holiness. ", 2. Oh! Certainly such bitter speeches must needs destroy all love and breed an unquiet life.3. How completely this demolishes all ideas of human merit.2. Since the Church is not fit for Christ by nature, He resolved to make her so by grace. In human love we perceive much to be admired, but in that of God there is a something which eludes our grasp when we endeavour to fathom it, and battles our conception as we try to find it out. Wicked men have often now more knowledge and science than good men; but they do not make a good use of it. And how does the Holy Spirit carry on this cleansing process? Bradley, M. A.I. Christ loved the world before ever there was a Church in it, and determined out of the very ruins of the Fall to build up for Himself a Temple worthy of being inhabited by Himself. And now observe, for what it was that He gave Himself. In a way of obedience, as the wife obeys the husband.3. There must be also real and actual purity and holiness. Glorious in its ever-growing empire.4. THE EVIDENCES OF THIS LOVE.1. The world talks about Churches, the glory of a Church, and the beauty of a Church; but it does not know what a Church is; it has no true perception of what a Church of Christ is. By painful afflictions at others.10. The woman's love is reflected love. The love of Jesus is a love which is not content with doing great things, but which delights also in tenderness in regard to little things. Then, lastly, how are we bound to the Saviour who has destined such glory for us, and is now preparing us for it!(W. The gift — He gave Himself: "We are not redeemed with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of the Son of God" (1 Peter 1:18).3. HOW HE PROVED HIS LOVE.1. Let us improve it. This brings us to the second part of our subject; which is, THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH. As Abraham of Sarah (Genesis 20). Who it was that gave Himself. The father did much for his boy when he dashed into the burning house to rescue him; but that was frenzy, the transient ecstasy of love, and it was for his own boy, not for a stranger, much less an enemy. The face is washed, and the spot comes out. He sacrificed much, in order to show His love for the race who had rebelled and become polluted by sin. It is. But what are all these in comparison to the bridegroom himself, when the marriage is one of affection? II. (5) Improve it to thankfulness to Christ; for we have all our holiness from Christ; from first to last, He is the Author and Finisher; He purchased and procured the Spirit of sanctification for us (Titus 3:5, 6). The administrations of His appointed ministers.8. We fully acknowledge that the Church of Christ is just like its Author; it has "no form nor comeliness" in the eyes of the world, and "no beauty that men should desire it"; and so, like Himself, it is "despised and rejected of men." Let us dismiss these explanatory notes by first asking whether you will be found among the saints, in this glory everlasting?2. St. Paul, after laying down the general principle of mutual submission, illustrates and enforces it in the case of wives. Cleansing.2. By her complete and eternal exemption from every charge of all her enemies, even by Christ.Inferences —1. The effect of this union and nearness, which is —(1) Generally expressed, "A glorious Church." And this He gave freely. The storm raged on, and the poor mother, stripped of her heavy outer garments, died; but the babe was found alive, and greeted its deliverer with a smile. There is, indeed, another state, in which the Church will be yet further advanced in blessedness; having been made perfect in holiness, it will be made perfect in happiness and glory: and this will be the consummation of the promise in the text, "That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church.(J. Wrinkles are one of the common symptoms of age or weakness. The angels, who are the spectators, ever blessed God for it; and shall not we, who be the parties interested? That we enter into this everlasting estate by being presented to Christ; for in the text it is said, "That He may present it to Himself," that is, as the bride to the bridegroom, that the marriage may be consummated. Her beauty is not material, like the beauty of a flower; it is spiritual, like the beauty of the archangels. (4) Improve it to the love of God's people; a necessary lesson in these days, when they fly from others that are in trouble, as the rest of the herd from the wounded deer (Psalm 15:4). We may go farther — the chief glory of God is the holiness of God. Every true child of God should be willing, if need be, to fight for the Church.(J. 2. Manton, D. D.)A holy and glorious ChurchJ. With what delight and satisfaction will we not now contemplate the ulterior purpose of these preliminary arrangements — "That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing." Indeed, there is now a connection and a communion between them; but the distinction is rather this: He is now with them — hereafter they will be with Him. I see the blessed Jesus giving the most unspeakable proofs of His love. Glorious in bliss. Heaven is the fruit of His blood and love. Does a father "pity his child," when others can hardly bear with him, "remembering that he is but dust"? His love constrainedly operates in her heart. Loving Him, and others for His sake.(C. Those that find more pleasure in converse abroad than at home certainly do not heartily love one another, though no filthy and prohibited act should ensue from this liberty which they take.2. Both cannot go first when only one can go at a time. But Christ's love for His Church was a deliberate plan, not entered upon in an hour of frenzy, but in calm counsel in the eternal sunshine of heaven, and it was executed through slow-going years of persecution, that the very men who lacerated Him with whips, and thorns, and nails, might be washed in the blood they shed, and come thereby to the "fellowship of the firstborn."II. Its glory is now partially prevented and obscured by intermixtures. Baker. unless he can love her better than Christ loves the Church. In the experience of every believer there is a solemn scene in which he has acknowledged God's claims; has asked, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" They are held forth as spots, and wrinkles. And what is the consequence? love your little ones with fervour. It was not His mere tears, nor groans, nor sighs: though the Lord Jesus was "a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." IV. Surely common gratitude will suggest that a recompense of true affection is due to her for this; otherwise men are unthankful, unholy, and without natural affection, which is the worst character can be given to them.4. What He commences, He still fosters and perfects.IV. "As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you." H. Evans, M. Why it sinks them the lower in disgrace, and degrades them the more.1. Impossible, sir! Jay.I. And this He gave freely.3. "That He might present it to Himself, a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. "A glorious Church!" A. There are deficiencies which are compatible with sincerity, and the life of God in the soul. There must be also real and actual purity and holiness. Ah, brethren, it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. For what is authority without power to enforce it? Bayliss. When He foresaw what it would cost, and what He should give, He said, "It is enough."2. It had no beginning, and it had no bounds. "When I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee, when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live...Then I washed thee with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil." Its trees are green forever. 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THE CHARACTER OF THE CHURCH WHICH CHRIST THUS LOVED. You cannot notice spots in black; and you never do notice spots in coarse and repulsive visages. You see also in what state they will be presented with exceeding joy before His presence. You are ready to ask perhaps, "Is not His Church glorious now?" The love of Christ for us was a self-sacrificing love. Thine are mine eyes, to behold Thy glory; mine ears, to hear Thy voice; my tongue, to show forth Thy praise; and my feet, to walk in Thy ways. 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The lilies are among thorns; the tares are among the wheat. 25 g Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and h gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by i the washing of water j with the word, 27 so k that he might present the church to himself in splendor, l without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Delight in Christ. In providing all things necessary for them that conduce to health, food, and raiment, and that according to the decency and decorum of their estate; for herein they imitate the care and providence of Christ, who hath provided all things for His spouse; food for their souls, garments of salvation to cover their nakedness, healing grace to cure their distempers. (1) When the husband taketh from her all command in the family, handling her rather like a slave than a consort and companion. Indeed, there is now a connection and a communion between them; but the distinction is rather this: He is now with them — hereafter they will be with Him. (1) To glorify God and Christ, who intend so much glory to us. (1) When the husband taketh from her all command in the family, handling her rather like a slave than a consort and companion. If all thy actions towards others, then, much more all things that concern thy wife, should be done in love. They are to "submit themselves to their own husbands as unto the Lord." Christ can do no greater work for us and in us than promoting such resemblance. St. Paul evidently has in his mind the figure of a marriage. CHRIST'S LOVE TO THE CHURCH.1. But when it is here said that He will "present it to Himself," it implies some present distance or absence — a want of some present recognition and acknowledgment. Spurgeon. (4) Improve it to the love of God's people; a necessary lesson in these days, when they fly from others that are in trouble, as the rest of the herd from the wounded deer (Psalm 15:4). A. In the Scripture there is a three-fold presentation spoken of —(1) One made by believers themselves (Romans 12:1). 4. My understanding is Thine, to know Thee; my will, to choose Thee; my heart, to love Thee; my conscience to fear Thee; my memory, to retain Thee. Every portion of the universe knows its own place, and fulfils its proper function. In a way of obedience, as the wife obeys the husband.3. Love is the foundation, the cement, the glory of marriage. The Bridegroom's treatment of the Church. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church. The more eminency in holiness you get, the more glorious you are. Loved; chosen; pardoned; rid of all past guilt; washed; sanctified; clothed; beautified: — what is the Church? love your little ones with fervour. The figure used is evidently that of an oriental wedding. View the Church without the sanctifying operations and influences of regenerating grace. Yes: "Christ...love," said the dying philosopher, "Jesus Christ — love — the same thing."II. But why is the Church to be thus sanctified? But when it is here said that He will "present it to Himself," it implies some present distance or absence — a want of some present recognition and acknowledgment. Let us dismiss these explanatory notes by first asking whether you will be found among the saints, in this glory everlasting?2. Jesus said, "As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you.". do you say, that such can be the destiny of the often poor, despised, and persecuted Church? Impossible! Luke-Acts
Here we may remark four things very briefly. It has no outward splendour; it has no earthly glory; it has nothing in it, wherefore men should gaze, look at it, bow before it. Glorious from the estimation in which God holds her (Deuteronomy 32:9).3. His love does not grow weary, suffers no reaction, has no intervals of indifference, is not diverted by other objects, does not cool with years, but is unchanging, undying, everlasting. When an old man, Mr. Newton remarked, "In the course of a short time, my wife and I shall celebrate the jubilee of our marriage; and I know not that, during the fifty years of our union, an unkind look or an unkind word has ever passed between us. Its rivers and seas are clear as crystal. Impossible! To exhort you often to think of this estate. the power of Divine grace! 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