Words to study
ever – once, formerly, aforetime, at some time
hated – to hate, pursue with hatred, detest; to be hated, detested
flesh – Flesh; the body of a man; used of natural or physical origin, generation or relationship; the sensuous nature of man, “the animal nature”; the physical nature of man as subject to suffering; the flesh, denotes mere human nature, the earthly nature of man apart from divine influence, and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God
provides – feed; to nourish up to maturity, to nourish; to nurture, bring up
cares – to warm, keep warm; to cherish with tender love, to foster with tender care
just as – according as; just as, even as; in proportion as, in the degree that; since, seeing that, agreeably to the fact that; when, after that
Christ – the anointed One, the Messiah
also – and, also, even, indeed, but
church – a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly; in a Christian sense: an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting; the whole body of Christians scattered throughout the earth; the assembly of faithful Christians already dead and received into heaven
because – that, because, since, for
members – member, limb: a member of the human body
body – the body both of men or animals; a dead body or corpse; the living body
Note: Verse 30
Christ emphasized this in:
John 15:5, “I am the vine. You are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him, bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
29 For no one ever hated his own body, but feeds and takes good care of it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body.
Ephesians The Easy Study Bible Commentary
Verse for August 13
29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but provides and cares for it, just as Christ also does the church, 30 because we are members of His body.
no one ever hated his own flesh,
but provides and cares for it,
just as Christ also does the church,
30 because we are members of His body
The Easy Study Bible Diagramed
The rest of Chapter Five in Ephesians (22-33) addresses the relationship between husbands and wives.
Questions to think about as we go through it:
1. Is Paul saying essentially that husbands and wives are equal in the Lord?
2. Or is Paul saying that husbands are to totally dominate their wives?
3. Or is Paul saying something somewhere in between the two.
How close to the middle do you think it really is?
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