Saturdays Through Ephesians

For me and my family, Saturdays are for rest and the Word of God.  For a time, I am dwelling in Ephesians, so I thought I would invite you along.  What you will read is my translation, which like Eugene Peterson’s translation, reads more like a paraphrase than a literal interpretation.  So, with that in mind, here’s hoping that Saturdays through Ephesians gives us both rest in a restless age.

Ephesians 5: 21-33

Wives should submit to their own men as to the Lord, because a man is the head of the woman like Christ is the head of the Church and savior of the body.  So, as the church submits to Christ, so also women should submit to men in all ways.

Men, love the women just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her.  He did it so that he might dedicate her, cleansing her in the word like washing with water. And in love, he gave himself up for her too that he might present the church to himself just as she should be: without stain or wrinkle or any of these things. His gave his love and his life so that the church might be holy and without blemish.

In this way also, men should love their own women.  You owe it to them as much as you owe it to your own bodies.  The one who loves his own wife, loves himself.

For nobody ever hates his own body but he feeds and cares for it just as Christ feeds and cares for the Church. And we are members of his body.  “Because of this, a man leaves his father and mother and joins himself to his wife.  And the two will be one in the flesh.”

This is the great mystery.  But I am speaking to Christ and to the church.

But, you guys, each to your own wife, give love to her as you would give it to yourself, so that the woman will have cause to truly revere her man.