My Wife Has a Savior and I’m not Him

Tim's Blog - Just One Train Wreck After Another

In the recent Desiring God article Husbands, Get Her Ready for Jesus, a pastor writes:

It’s crystal clear: God calls husbands to be instruments of his sanctifying work in the lives of our wives.

“Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word.” (Ephesians 5:25-26)

The problem is that the passage does not lead to the “crystal clear” conclusion the pastor posits.

He takes the description of the extent of Jesus’ love and makes it prescriptive for husbands in foisting a responsibility on them that is not found in the Bible. Another way to see the passage is as an explanation of how love works: Jesus loves his people even when his people don’t love him back.

In isolation, neither reading is “crystal clear.” So how to know which…

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