October 12 – LD 41, Day 5: Marriage with Love
by Pastor Steven Key
Ephesians 5:25: "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it.”
In marriage, the husband represents Christ Himself as the head, not only leading and guiding, but also loving his wife, even as Christ the Church. The husband seeks his wife’s spiritual growth and blessing, nourishing and cherishing her, even as Christ sanctifies His Bride, “That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph 5:27). The wife, on the other hand, lives in submission to her husband, serving him, assisting him, reverencing him, living unto him. These things belong to the positive requirement of the seventh commandment. These things mark a sanctified marriage.
In that fellowship of love, the husband and wife also enjoy the physical intimacy of marriage, the sexual union expressive of the intimate love that is theirs as part of that mystery, reflecting the love bond between Christ and the Church. It is an act of intimacy that God has given strictly to that holy union between husband and wife, and from which He is also pleased, in the years of our youth, to gather a holy seed, covenant children, showing Himself faithful to His promise to establish His covenant with believers and their seed. What a wonder of God’s grace is the sanctified bond of holy marriage! Love is the fulfillment of the law!
So highly does God hold
the standard with respect to marriage that we are told in I Cor
6:9-10, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the