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Thus, the husbands also ought to be loving their own wives as their own bodies. He who is loving his own wife is loving himself. For no one at any time hates his own flesh, but is nurturing and cherishing it, according as Christ also the Ecclesia, for we are members of His body. For this a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh. This secret is great; yet I am saying this as to Christ and as to the ecclesia (Ephesians 5:28-32).

By loving his wife, a husband is following the example of Christ, Whose love for the ecclesia is so intense that He is continuously giving Himself up for its sake. …

This is truly showing us the depth of love which should exist between husbands and wives. The two are to be regarded as one, and no one hates his own body, but does his best to care for it. The inspiration for the husbands’ love for their wives should be the love which Christ has for the ecclesia, for we are members of His body. Then the apostle goes back to the very beginnings of humanity, and quotes from Genesis 2:24 to prove his point that “the two shall be one flesh.”

John H. Essex
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 79
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