Summary: To show, that the husband, in all his conversation with the wife, should manifest the same spirit which the Lord Jesus did toward the church
A godly FATHER
Text: Ephesians 5:25-29
The duty of the wife is to obey; the right of the husband is to command. But the apostle would guard against the abuse of that right by enjoining the manifestation of such a spirit on the husband as would secure obedience on the part of the wife. He proceeds, therefore, to show, that the husband, in all his conversation with the wife, should manifest the same spirit which the Lord Jesus did toward the church
A godly father demands sacrificial, sanctifying and securing love.
I. A godly FATHER SHOULD SHOW HIS SACRIFICIAL LOVE (v.25)
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.
a. Giving Himself To Die
- As Christ died for the Church
b. Giving Himself To Suffer
- Christ suffer on the cross
II. A godly FATHER MUST EXERCISE HIS SANCTIFYING LOVE (v.26-27)
26to make her holy, cleansing[a] her by the washing with water through the word,27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
- Set apart
III. A godly FATHER HAS A SECURING LOVE (v. 28-29)
29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church Christ is the example…we are to love our wife the same way He loved the church [bride].
a. He Provides
- He Feeds
b. He Protects
- He Cares
A godly father holds up the conduct of the Redeemer toward the church, as the model for a husband to imitate. Thus, A godly father demands sacrificial, sanctifying and securing love.