What Does Ephesians 5:26 Mean?

so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,

Ephesians 5:26(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Paul used the special relationships between a husband and wife to exemplify the intimate communion there is between Christ and the Church, and that relationship is patterned on Christ's sacrificial love for His church - for Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her. But the sacrificial love that Christ has for His Church also has a cleansing element, as well as a sanctifying effect upon Her.

The church is cleansed and purified by the washing of the water with the Word of God.. for the Word of God is truth and light - the word of God is alive and powerful. The word of God exposes our innermost thoughts and desires and the one who trusts in Christ as their Saviour has had their scarlet sins forgiven forever and have been covered in Christ's robe of righteousness. They have been washed white as snow, cleansed..purified and positionally sanctified in Him. Christ's love for His church is both a sacrificial and a sanctifying love.

May we, who are Christ's at His coming be washed and cleansed and daily immerser ourselves in the pure water of the Word of God. May we who are positionally sanctified in Christ so submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we may also be practically sanctified - as we mature in the faith, grow in grace and come to know the Lord Jesus more and more with each passing day.

My Prayer

Thank You Father that I am positioned in Christ and being conformed day be day into the likeness of the Lord Jesus, through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I pray that You would work deeply in my life so that I may be practically sanctified and daily cleansed and purified with the washing of the water of the Word of God - so that I may stand before You, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing - in Jesus name I pray, AMEN

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