In the midst of his instructions concerning relationships, Paul speaks of a profound mystery. This week we’ll focus on this mystery and continue to delve into the husband/wife relationship as well as the parent/child relationship. Join us at Women in the Word to share your insights from this passage of Ephesians. After our text below, you’ll find some printouts for our study using the SOAP method. Have a blessed week!
In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.