International Sunday School Lesson
For Sunday December 30, 2012
Purpose: To recognize how Christ's love for the church is a model for our closest human relationships
Scripture Text: Ephesians 5:21-6:4
Ephesians 5:21-33 (CEB)
(21) and submit to each other out of respect for Christ. (22) For example, wives should submit to their husbands as if to the Lord. (23) A husband is the head of his wife like Christ is head of the church, that is, the savior of the body.(24) So wives submit to their husbands in everything like the church submits to Christ. (25) As for husbands, love your wives just like Christ loved the church and gave himself for her. (26) He did this to make her holy by washing her in a bath of water with the word. (27) He did this to present himself with a splendid church, one without any sort of stain or wrinkle on her clothes, but rather one that is holy and blameless. (28) That’s how husbands ought to love their wives—in the same way as they do their own bodies. Anyone who loves his wife loves himself. (29) No one ever hates his own body, but feeds it and takes care of it just like Christ does for the church (30) because we are parts of his body. (31) This is why a man will leave his father and mother and be united with his wife, and the two of them will be one body.[a] (32) Marriage is a significant allegory,[b] and I’m applying it to Christ and the church. (33) In any case, as for you individually, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and wives should respect[c] their husbands.
(1) As for children, obey your parents in the Lord, because it is right. (2) The commandment Honor your father and mother is the first one with a promise attached: (3) so that things will go well for you, and you will live for a long time in the land.[d] (4) As for parents, don’t provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction about the Lord.
a.Ephesians 5:31 Gen 2:24
b.Ephesians 5:32 Or mystery
c.Ephesians 5:33 Or fear
d.Ephesians 6:3 Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16
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