Husbands Love Your Wives

Marriage is a divine institution by God made since the beginning of creation for man and woman; it is honorable and undefiled (Heb. 13:4), and is even worthy to describe the relationship that Christ has with his church (Revelation 19:7). Since marriage has the potential to express Christ’s love for us, and we are called to be imitators of Christ (1Cor 11:1), we have an example of how we are to conduct ourselves in the marriage relationship when we look at Christ’s conduct towards the church; furthermore, Christ is representative of the husband, and the church the wife, so husbands have the prime example of how to treat their wives.

Paul really brings this out in Ephesians 5:25 when he says for “husbands to love their wives, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it.” This statement here is presented by Paul as a command, not a suggestion or helpful advice; this implies that it would be sinful for a husband not to love his wife. We must appreciate the gravity of this role for the fact that it is so necessary for a husband to present love to his wife, that if he deprives her of it, it would cost him his eternal soul. Peter would warn for a husband to treat his wife appropriately so that “their prayers be not hindered” (1Peter 3:7). Indeed the love a husband has for his wife is so vital that it has impact on his salvation.

Even more, it is a command for husbands to love their wives like “Christ loved the church.” The word “love” in this passage is the Greek word “agape,” which we tend to associate with selflessness and sacrifice; this is the love that Jesus had towards his beloved bride. The end of the verse actually defines what this love is for us: sacrifice! Christ gave his life, suffering on the cross for six hours, for the sake of His helpmeet, the church; moreover, he died while we were sinners (Romans 5:8). Jesus Christ loved his spouse so much that he sacrificed the most valuable thing he possessed when she least deserved it. Jesus is the greatest example of a husband loving his wife!

In Paul’s definition of love in Ephesians 5:25, a husband’s command to love his wife is epitomized in what he sacrifices for her. It should humble a spouse to see what Christ offered for his wife, in so much that the husband is willing to sacrifice anything for the sake of loving his own bride. A husband must sacrifice his time, his emotion, his energy, his attention, his body, his appreciation, his desires, and his whole being for the wife’s well-being. A man that is not willing to sacrifice these things is not fit to be a husband to a wife; moreover, if a man cannot sacrifice all these things, how could he expect to make the ultimate sacrifice if the situation came up. For a man to truly love his wife, he must be willing to give up his own life for her, just like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did: Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it.

 

What to expect

We in churches of Christ take seriously the Lord’s words in John 4:24: “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The word of God, and specifically, the New Testament of Jesus Christ (Heb. 8:6-13), is our standard of truth for acceptable worship (John 17:17). God has not left it up to us to do as whatever we please when we approach him; through the inspired apostles of Christ he has directed the church in the manner in which we are to worship him. Our goal is to do as the early church, which “continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers” (Acts 2:42).This makes our worship distinctive from what most are accustomed to seeing in other churches.

Because we are committed to following the God-given, apostolic pattern for worship, we praise God in song, “teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” (Col. 3:16). Our singing is not accompanied by a piano or band or other forms of instrumental music because we do not find authority for these additions in the New Testament. We learn from God’s word the church is to sing (Eph. 5:19), and we do not add to what God has instructed us to do or go beyond the authority of his word (1 Cor. 4:6; Rev. 22:18-19). While most visitors find our a cappella singing unusual, they also find the four part harmonies beautiful and edifying.

We learn from apostolic example and instruction to the early church that God’s people are to observe the Lord’s supper when they meet every first day of the week (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 11:23-29), and so each Sunday we partake of the unleavened bread and fruit of the vine in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ. Also, our members give into a collection for the work of God’s kingdom in accordance with the teaching of God’s word (1 Cor. 16:1-2).

In our worship assembly we also offer prayer to our Heavenly Father in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and listen to the preaching of the life-changing, soul saving gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16). Our preaching is Bible-based, for we are to “speak as the oracles of God,” (1 Pet. 4:11). We are committed to exalting God by teaching and preaching “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27) and citing book, chapter and verse as we exalt God and focus on hearing his will for our lives revealed in the scriptures.

You will also find a warm welcome from friendly folks who want to help you understand God’s will for your life and his plan for your salvation so that you can be sure you are saved by his grace and have the hope of eternal life. We hope you can attend one of our worship assemblies or Bible classes soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

“The churches of Christ greet you”

Those are the words of Paul, the apostle of Jesus Christ, and we in the Roanoke Church of Christ echo that same sentiment to you today. But perhaps you’re wondering: Who or what are the churches of Christ? We hope the following will help answer that question:

Before the world ever began, God had a plan for you. That plan is revealed in the Bible and includes his church. The Bible tells us the church is part of the “eternal purpose” of God for every one of us that was made possible through Jesus Christ (Eph. 3:10-11). But there is a great deal of misunderstanding about the importance and identity of that church.

It was Jesus who said to his disciples, “I will build my church” (Mt. 16:18). The Lord kept that promise; he built his church and it exists today. The word of God tells us the church is called “the body of Christ” (Eph. 1:22-23) and that there is “one body…one Lord, one faith” (Eph. 4:4-6). There are no denominations in the Bible, yet when we look around today we see so many different churches, different faiths, different teachings. All of this religious contradiction can be confusing.

But if set aside the denominations, doctrines and traditions of men and simply go back to the Bible, we can belong to the church that Jesus built—the Lord’s church that is a part of God’s eternal plan to redeem us and bring us to heaven through his Son. If we follow the New Testament of Christ and do today what they did then, we can be today what they were then—simply Christians (Acts 11:26). Nothing more, nothing less—just Christians. Not members of any denomination, but members of Jesus’ church we read about in the Bible.

We in the churches of Christ are striving to be faithful to the authority of God’s word and abide by the pattern he has given us for his church (Acts 2:42; 2 Tim. 1:13). We kindly invite you to join us in going back to the Bible to be Christians only, a part of the Lord’s family, the church which he died to save with his blood (Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:23-25). Please let us know if you would like to study the Bible to learn more about the Lord’s church and his plan for our salvation.

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