by Jerry Vines

Eph. 5:21-32
We are continuing our series of messages on the subject of love, marriage
and the family. I hope you will be very prayerful as these messages are prepared
and delivered that the lord will use them to help our homes be what God wants them
to be. I have a great burden on my heart for the families of America. In particular
for the families of God's people. The lord's people, Christian people are experiencing
many difficulties and many hardships in their home. There are tremendous pressures
brought to bear upon our homes. So we need to find everything possible in the
word of God to give us guidance and direction during these traumatic days in which
we live. Our message tonight is going to be directed to the husbands in the
congregation but I think all of you will find great help and those of you who are
prospective husbands I hope you will take down these notes and those of you who are
prospective wives will get them down and then you will know what to tell your
husband to do when you marry him. So I think it will be helpful to everyone.
Now in the fifth chapter of the Book of Ephesians I want to just pick out certain
verses in this section that deals with the family relationships. That particularly
apply to the role of the husband in the family so the first one I find is in verse
twenty three, 'For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head
of the church:and he is the saviour of the body." Verse twenty five, "Husbands
love your wives , even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word. That
he might present it to himself a florious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or
any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to
love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth ...

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