What Does Ephesians 5:27 Mean?

He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.

Ephesians 5:27(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

In the past, Christ manifested His love towards us in that He died to pay the price for our sins; He redeemed us by His blood. At redemption we were positionally sanctified and set apart for Him, but throughout our life on earth we are in a process of being sanctified, for He who started a good work in us has promised to complete it in the day of Christ Jesus.

This beautifying process, which takes a lifetime to complete, is to transform us into the likeness of the lovely Lord Jesus Christ and is being carried out by the washing of the water by the Word. As we hear and obey the Word of God, we are being cleansed and beautified so that in the future we will be glorified, when we shall see Him as He is.

The whole sanctification process from initial salvation to final glorification, is to transform us into the likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ Who loved the Church so much that He gave His life for us. Day by day, as we read and meditate upon the Word of God, we are being washed and cleansed by the purifying water of His Word, being made holy, set apart for His pleasure and glory.

Throughout our life as we hear and meditate on the Word of God, we are being refined and beautified through its purifying properties. God did this so that in the day of Christ Jesus, His Church (which is His Body) will be perfected "without spot or wrinkle or any such thing." Instead, we will be made holy and blameless, transformed into the likeness of the only begotten Son of God, to the praise and glory of our Father in heaven.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, how I bless Your holy name for the transforming work that You are doing in my life. I pray that I would be washed daily with the cleansing water of the Word of God so that I may be presented to You without spot or wrinkle but be made holy and blameless to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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