N. Norton, D. D.What a broad scope of thought is embraced in these few words! God grant that this power may not decay through disuse, nor make itself a curse by being perverted I4. It was sin which was the cause of separation from God (Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 17:15). Why it sinks them the lower in disgrace, and degrades them the more.1. He "loved the Church."2. And in this sense the apostle exhorts, "Love, even as Christ also loved."I. the power of Divine grace! "Order is heaven's first law." No mean person, no ordinary individual, no common being; but the Son of God.2. In a way of reverence. There are deficiencies which are compatible with sincerity, and the life of God in the soul. She begins to suspicion that maybe someone else has come into your life. In a way of imitation. Greek: Oi andres, agapate tas gunaikas, kathos kai o Ch risto s egapesen ten ekklesian kai heauton paredoken huper autes,. of Scripture. A love of communion.6. The figure used is evidently that of an oriental wedding. Choose one that is amiable. "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." Oh, that our hearts were exercised more about these things!2. 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. Of our nearness to Christ, "That He might present it to Himself"; that is, assume or take us home to live with Him, and abide always in His presence.2. It was more than he could endure. "Christ loved the Church," and He walked in that Church in the radiance of love. "That He might present it to Himself." Looking up to love so great, so heavenly, so perfect, so Divine.4. 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. They are now often poor; then they shall "possess all things." In a way of holiness. And what is the consequence? Of this the apostle speaks when he admonishes the Romans, saying, "I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." )Conjugal loveGeorge Swinnock. Pauline Epistles
Let us dismiss these explanatory notes by first asking whether you will be found among the saints, in this glory everlasting?2. Slade, M. A.I. Ephesians 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but Now at length the Church is glorious in power — in the power which comes of wealth; in the power which comes of learning and literature; in the power which comes of numbers, and of numbers organized; in the power which comes of many edifices and splendid architecture; in the power which comes of elegance, and wealth, and refinement in private life. Here is a door of unutterable consolation opened to us, in the midst of a world of desolation. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point
How often a husband who may bestow large gifts on a wife, grieves her by the lack of delicate sympathy and gentle care for her comfort in the trifles which make up life. But it is evident that the forgiveness of past sins, and the removal of their stains, is not all that is necessary for the Church — that it may be "the bride of Christ." She "was not born of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." No; spots suppose comeliness and loveliness upon the whole. Christians, well should the prospect that we have been imperfectly opening, animate and comfort you.3. There are deeds of power which elicit more boisterous applause, but there are none which more invoke what is holiest in our nature than these exhibitions of conspicuous love. "Who hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood" (Revelation 1:5). And this He gave freely.3. In providing for the temporal support of a wife, He must consult her happiness and pleasure, His union with her is typical of the blessed union that exists between Christ and the Church, Christ's Love for the Church, and Our Duty as Members of It, Christ's love for the Church, and our duty as members of it. The effects.First: The general nature of love is the delectation and complacency of the heart in the party loved, from whence followeth a desire of their good, and a seeking and promoting of it to the uttermost of our power. He has espoused and called her His, even here, and now, watching over her with fond affection, and supplying all her wants. for, of, above, for sake, on behalf, more than, in stead, than, very chiefest Trans, beyond, to, over, more, exceedingly abundantly , exceedingly , very highly , Usage: 138. Thine is my time, and my substance, and my influence; and if I had the innocency of Adam in paradise, the meekness of Moses, the faith of Abraham, the patience of Job, the fervour of Paul, the perfection of angels, they should be equally, they should be mere Thine, than these poor imperfect offerings which I now present. And according to the apostle it is this: "He will present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing." 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. In setting forth of which take notice —1. He points out THE CAUSES TO WHICH IT IS TO BE ASCRIBED. The day of presentation has not yet come — the day of maturity, perfection, and bloom; but come it shall! To exhort you often to think of this estate. ", 2. )Marriage and the heavenly BridegroomNewman Hall, LL. It is not merited by our holiness, but purchased by Christ. The woman's love is reflected love. H. f. Marriage is no longer a duel, but a duet, living in harmony with each other. (3) It implies that none but those who are purified by the blood and Spirit of Christ have interest in this privilege.2. That death not only affects our state, but also tells upon our character. The angels, who are the spectators, ever blessed God for it; and shall not we, who be the parties interested? He loved the world and came to save it. What it was that He gave. (2) You see how these imperfections are metaphorically expressed. And now observe, for what it was that He gave Himself. 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. Respond to it. If all thy actions towards others, then, much more all things that concern thy wife, should be done in love. 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. If the husband is to maintain his just authority, so also is he, and in the first instance, bound to make Christ's love for the Church the model of his own. Sometimes people are warned against loving each other too much, lest they should become idolaters, and thus have the object of such inordinate affection taken from them as a punishment. The second of these presentations we call official; and these are made by ministers. That Christ may "present her to Himself" — Himself to Himself — who made her for Himself, that Himself might enjoy her forever and ever.(J. The next is the sacrifice of Christ. THE WORK WHICH LOVE SEEKS TO ACCOMPLISH IN ITS GRACIOUS DESIGNS. Glorious, because she is free from spot, wrinkle, and the slightest mark of blemish.This appears from —1. And this He gave freely.3. The wisdom which directs — Christ.2. Delight in Christ. When the gardener buries the cold, rough, apparently dead bulb in the damp mould, you might in your ignorance be tempted to say, "There, now, that is cast aside, and will never be heard of more." But the angel said, "See thou do it not. I would begin by remarking that the Church of God — the reality of a true Church — is a thing quite unknown to the world. It is, to endeavour to bring souls to Christ.3. (1) Consider the generosity of Christ's love. A. love of sympathy.5. He saw the possibilities of human nature, and the resplendent future to which it was heir by His grace.1. The Bridegroom's ultimate purpose. We did not choose Him; but He chose us. 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. It is. THE CHARACTER OF THE CHURCH WHICH CHRIST THUS LOVED. If the husband is to maintain his just authority, so also is he, and in the first instance, bound to make Christ's love for the Church the model of his own. I smell its perfume. You cannot notice spots in black; and you never do notice spots in coarse and repulsive visages. I see the blessed Jesus giving the most unspeakable proofs of His love. If there is the assurance of love then the submission is natural and easy. As Abraham of Sarah (Genesis 20).II. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Glorious in position, immunities, and honour. In a way of holiness. It must needs be so; for —(1) This is God's glory: "Glorious in holiness" (Exodus 15:11). The true glory of all things is the accomplishment of the end for which they were designed. His love to his wife, Cornelia, was so great, that he killed the male, saith Plutarch, and died quickly. And why — again we ask — why so glorious? Oh, how did Christ, who is thy pattern, love His spouse! And what is the consequence? He that provideth not for his own is worse than an unbeliever (1 Timothy 5:3). Obey His laws, honour His authority, imitate His example.4. Now at length the Church is glorious in power — in the power which comes of wealth; in the power which comes of learning and literature; in the power which comes of numbers, and of numbers organized; in the power which comes of many edifices and splendid architecture; in the power which comes of elegance, and wealth, and refinement in private life. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. Other lords besides Thee have had dominion over me; but henceforth by Thee only will I make mention of Thy name. I observe that the principal glory of the Church lieth in its purity and holiness. Delight in her presence and company; not suffering himself to be separated from her for any long time, unless it be for necessary cause. The lilies are among thorns; the tares are among the wheat. We have to go on now to our last point — THE GREAT END FOR WHICH ALL THESE MEANS OF HOLINESS ARE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION. He "gave Himself for it."1. Its light is brighter than the sun — it is the light of purity and bliss.(J. It is a rose of the same loveliness and fragrance whether it bloom amid the splendours of royal gardens or in the cottager's door yard; it is the nightingale which sings in the night the same song for prince and peasant. It prefigures it; it assures us of it; it is intended to be its channel. THE SACRIFICE AS THE EXPRESSION AND RESULT OF LOVE. A love of unity.7. )Marriage and holinessPhilip Henry's advice to his children with respect to their marriage was — "Please God, and please yourselves, and you will please me"; and his usual compliment to his newly married friends — "Others wish you all happiness. We have to go on now to our last point — THE GREAT END FOR WHICH ALL THESE MEANS OF HOLINESS ARE BROUGHT INTO OPERATION. Vile compacts are sometimes made under the name of marriage, merely for mercenary and worldly ends; and a husband is chosen not for himself but for his position; or a wife, not to make her happy but to enjoy her estate. Slade, M. Of this "washing" the laver of baptism is the emblem. Marry not till you be sure you can love entirely.3. And this is here intended. What shall be the law? The first of these presentations is what we call personal; and this is made by themselves. We must review both these. )The presentation of a glorious ChurchW. Parents! It had no beginning, and it had no bounds. There is no true marriage in the absence of it. Heaven is a very gladsome and blessed place. )Christ's love to His ChurchJ. Loved; chosen; pardoned; rid of all past guilt; washed; sanctified; clothed; beautified: — what is the Church? Love which has in it no element of evil is always a very beautiful, tender, and impressive thing. Heaven is the fruit of His blood and love. 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We did not choose Him; but He chose us. My text says, "That He might present it to Himself." It was sin which was the cause of separation from God (Isaiah 59:2; Psalm 17:15). We should think of it —1. 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. First He purchased it for us, and then communicateth it to us.(T. Very few are the notices of this intermediate state, between death add the judgment day; but we are taught to look upon it as a place of entire deliverance from trouble and sin.III. "A glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." Text: Ephesians 5:25-27 In the sermon you that heard here last Sunday entitled 'The Master Builder's Blueprint,' we considered what makes a local church a true church of God. Here Paul tells us, that the Church then presented will be glorious; and he also reminds us wherein that glory will principally consist. We should not leave a church for frivolous reasons, thereby dividing the body of Christ. Other motives are superadded. Her beauty is not material, like the beauty of a flower; it is spiritual, like the beauty of the archangels. (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. (2) That our glory in heaven is the fruit of Christ's death, who procured this eternal inheritance for us. But it is not enough to love the Church and to labour in its behalf, we must likewise be willing —. It is not merited by our holiness, but purchased by Christ. And the presentation here unquestionably regards a future day that day for which all other days are made; and which is more than once so emphatically called "the day of Christ." Thus has it been, and thus will it be, with the Church. By bringing her into a state of union with His person (1 Corinthians 6:15).3. It must needs be so; for —(1) This is God's glory: "Glorious in holiness" (Exodus 15:11). Here the holiness of the Church is but comparative and imperfect: and this in two respects; because there is a mixture of bad and good, of godly and ungodly, of true believers with the insincere and hypocrites; and because even the good themselves, even the best, are but partially good, are never entirely cleansed from all defilement of sin, though they are redeemed from its penalty, and delivered from its tyrannical dominion.II. (2) His love is persevering. Sermon Message. And now observe, for what it was that He gave Himself. Impossible, sir! No "spot."(2)Youthful. Let it still cling there — following the oak's growth, leaning on it, finding its stability and life in it, while it clothes the oak's strength and ruggedness with grace and beauty. But no, she has ever sprung again into renewed life and beauty, like the fair flower of which I spoke, and the time of her presentation will be by and by. Great love it was, if we consider —1. The Bridegroom's treatment of the Church. The fact remains — that man, as such, is generally the stronger both in body and will. So Christ did away with the previous guilt, and its consequence, and our sins were as though they had never been — for they were expunged! the general state of society does not require us to say it. 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 antiquity of it (Jeremiah 31:3).2. There must be also real and actual purity and holiness. "As the Father hath loved Me, so have I loved you." The second of these presentations we call official; and these are made by ministers. Ministers have a charge. The first and foremost priority for a godly husband is to love his wife—with a particular emphasis on action. He loved us when we were without beauty. Obey Christ "As the Church is subject to Christ." The Bridegroom's gift. He fell adoring at the angel's feet; the visions had so intensified the glory of the angel himself that John thought it had been God. It is now also partially prevented and obscured by their outward condition. We find it in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians — He "gave Himself for our sins." He gave Himself throughout His life on earth by spending all His strength to bless His beloved.3. "Glorious" she is — for God is glorified in her! ", David Guzik :: Génesis 14 – Abram Rescata a Lot y Conoce a Melquisedec, G1 - alpha - Strong's Greek Lexicon (KJV), David Guzik :: Hechos 9 – La Conversión de Saulo de Tarso, David Guzik :: 1 Corintios 7 – Principios Sobre el Matrimonio y la Soltería, A Summary of Each Bible Book - Study Resources, Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Matthew 7:6, David Guzik :: Génesis 3 – La tentación y caída del hombre, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus and the Holy Trinity (Walter Martin), Genesis 6-7 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), A Quiet Heart Means Confidence in God (Elisabeth Elliot), Genesis 1:1-8 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith), Genesis 4-5 (1979-82 Audio) (Chuck Smith). (2) It is ascribed to the apostles, or Christ's messengers who have a charge; and when they have done their work, present us to God as the fruit of their labour (2 Corinthians 11:2). 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. Let us dismiss these explanatory notes by first asking whether you will be found among the saints, in this glory everlasting?2. Why, it is this — that they will no more have any "spot or wrinkle, or any such thing." d. She then begins to ask probing questions which irritate you because she does not believe your answers. Oh, that our hearts were exercised more about these things!2. love your parents with devotion. There can be no happiness amongst mankind without due subordination. God only knows the love of God. Other lords besides Thee have had dominion over me; but henceforth by Thee only will I make mention of Thy name. But especially by His Spirit, in, and by all things. Devils may have possibly, and I am persuaded they have, knowledge or talent; and Voltaire and Byron would be fools by the side of some of them. There are deficiencies which are compatible with sincerity, and the life of God in the soul. The angels, who are the spectators, ever blessed God for it; and shall not we, who be the parties interested? The record is brief, but it is enough; we know from it that the love was infinite. 1. H. Evans, M. A.I. Oh, that our hearts were exercised more about these things!2. Ephesians 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. )The pattern of loveC. The purest thing on earth shall marry the King of kings and Lord of lords. How often a husband who may bestow large gifts on a wife, grieves her by the lack of delicate sympathy and gentle care for her comfort in the trifles which make up life. He will present them "blameless."II. Anticipate with holy rapture the heavenly espousals; and "walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. (2) It is ascribed to the apostles, or Christ's messengers who have a charge; and when they have done their work, present us to God as the fruit of their labour (2 Corinthians 11:2). Nonsense! Let us improve it. Atkinson. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied" (Isaiah 53:11). To Thee I dedicate Myself. THE PROOF He has given of His love. I observe in the text, that those who are presented to Christ, and by Christ to God, is His Church, and is a glorious Church.4. Christ loved the Church because He had determined to effect upon it a mighty transformation. I observe in the text, that those who are presented to Christ, and by Christ to God, is His Church, and is a glorious Church.4. In a way of gratitude, wondering more and more at such love.2. THE LOVE OF CHRIST. Eadie, D. D.)Christ's love for the Church, and our duty as members of itJ. So Christ did away with the previous guilt, and its consequence, and our sins were as though they had never been — for they were expunged! He perhaps saw himself in that Church; he, one day a poor fisherman on the shore of Tiberias, now an exile from his native land, he should be there; the shout of the archangel and the trump of God should salute his ear: the rider of "the white horse," the Man of the nameless name, with eyes "like a flame of fire" and "vesture dipped in blood," should come even to him; he should be at His wondrous marriage supper. The next is the sacrifice of Christ. HOW HE PROVED HIS LOVE.1. All terminates in this one blessed end, that Christ, in the great day of His triumph, may "present the Church unto Himself a glorious Church." Let us dismiss these explanatory notes by first asking whether you will be found among the saints, in this glory everlasting?2. H. Spurgeon.I. Say it. the apostle speak of `` the Church of His connection the. 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