LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Spurgeon on Husbands, Love Your Wives

"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church." Ephesians 5:25
What a golden example Christ gives to his disciples! Few masters could venture to say, "If you would practise my teaching, imitate my life;" but as the life of Jesus is the exact transcript of perfect virtue, he can point to himself as the paragon of holiness, as well as the teacher of it. The Christian should take nothing short of Christ for his model. Under no circumstances ought we to be content unless we reflect the grace which was in him. As a husband, the Christian is to look upon the portrait of Christ Jesus, and he is to paint according to that copy. The true Christian is to be such a husband as Christ was to his church. The love of a husband is special. The Lord Jesus cherishes for the church a peculiar affection, which is set upon her above the rest of mankind: "I pray for them, I pray not for the world." The elect church is the favourite of heaven, the treasure of Christ, the crown of his head, the bracelet of his arm, the breastplate of his heart, the very centre and core of his love. A husband should love his wife with a constant love, for thus Jesus loves his church. He does not vary in his affection. He may change in his display of affection, but the affection itself is still the same. A husband should love his wife with an enduring love, for nothing "shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." A true husband loves his wife with a hearty love, fervent and intense. It is not mere lip-service. Ah! beloved, what more could Christ have done in proof of his love than he has done? Jesus has a delighted love towards his spouse: He prizes her affection, and delights in her with sweet complacence. Believer, you wonder at Jesus' love; you admire it-are you imitating it? In your domestic relationships is the rule and measure of your love-"even as Christ loved the church?"

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Blogger Craver Vii said...

"Believer, you wonder at Jesus' love; you admire it-are you imitating it?"

Profound wisdom!

April 19, 2007 2:15 PM

Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

Spurgeon! Way to go, Blue!

Notice the sentence you made at the bottom of your post in the place where the topics go:



April 19, 2007 5:58 PM

Blogger Shiloh Guy said...

I have a lot of thoughts about Christian marriage and I'm anxious to share them with you to get your input on them. However, the discussion here on Bluecollar is preceding my series in Ephesians by only verse! I'm trying to hurry through Ephesians 5:21 so I can get to 5:22 asap! Don't leave this topic just yet! PLEASE!

April 20, 2007 10:13 AM

Blogger Bluecollar said...

I'll be on this topic every bit as long as you wish.

I also wish the others on the team would post on this topic, even Douglas again.

April 20, 2007 10:29 AM

Blogger Baptist Girl said...

Good post.

When you really see God's plan and order for marriage, you see how it can work as long as we except our roles and obey them. If a husband shows his wife the Love of Christ has for the church, his wife should gladly obey Him and If a wife obeys her husband then her husband should glady love her so much. I thank the Lord for such a loving husband.


April 20, 2007 12:08 PM

Blogger Gojira said...

Excellent Spurgeon post. I agree with Craver. It is profound wisdom.

April 20, 2007 4:28 PM

Blogger Dawn said...

Yes, profound wisdom!

I thank God for my God-fearing, God-loving husband!

April 25, 2007 4:08 AM


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