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.
Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
 

5:22 Wives, submit yourselves. The instructions concerning the proper relations between husbands and wives—the wife submitting to her husband, the husband loving his wife with deeply sacrificial love—found in Ephesians 5:22-33 should be understood as included in the exhortation to be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). They follow both from the original created purpose for men and women (Ephesians 5:30-31) and the relation between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:25-27).

5:26 by the word. Sanctification and cleansing of “the church”—which certainly must include individual members—is accomplished through the Word. Note also John 17:17.

5:27 glorious church. There is no spotless church in existence today, but when Christ returns, “we shall be like Him” (I John 3:2), and shall all be in “the general assembly and church of the firstborn;” with “the spirits of just men made perfect” (Hebrews 12:23).


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