Worship Times
  • Sunday
    • Sunday School, 9:25 am
    • Communion, 10:30 am
    • Morning Worship, 11:00 am
  • Wednesday
    • Morning Bible Study, 11:00 am
    • Evening Bible Study, 7:00 pm
Pastoral Position Still Open

We are still in search of the next pastor for Metropolitan Community Tabernacle. For further information, please click here: Pastoral Position


The Church and Christ

21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.

23 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.

24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Ephesians 5:21-27

The union brought about by a truly Christian marriage, is used by the apostle as a metaphor of that spiritual union between Christ and His Church. The relationship of Christ and the Church.

It is that of a Lover. “Christ loved the church,” Eph. 5:25. When did this love begin? He loved it before it was born, as the promise gift of the father. His love is an abiding benediction, a love that passed knowledge, Eph. 3:19.

It is that of a Redeemer. “He gave Himself for it,” Eph. 5:25. Like a true lover, He gave Himself first. He has brought the church for Himself by ransom of His own precious Blood, Eph. 1:7. “Ye are not your own.”

It is that of a Husband. “The Husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the Head of the Church,” Eph. 5;23. The Head is the seat of authority. With the head also rest responsibility of supplying the needs of the wife — the Church. Why, then, for the work of the Head, do we constantly appeal to the wife for the means to carry on? If we are doing the Lord’s work we ought to do it in the Lord’s, by trusting Him who is “able to supply all our need” Phill. 4:19.

It is that of a Sanctifier. “That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing by His Word,” Eph. 5:26. He sanctifies, or separates, her for Himself. He found her in rags and wretchedness, but He looked on her in love and spread His skirts of mercy over her. He washed and clothed her with broidered work. He anointed her and decked her with ornaments and jewels, and made her perfect with comeliness He put upon her, Ezek. 16:5-14. It is all His doing. Praise His name.

It is that of a Bridegroom. He longs to “present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,” Eph 5:27. A bride without blemish in His eyes. Seeing that this is His ultimate purpose concerning all His own, should we not expect Him to work out that which is pleasing to Him now in each individual life? Let us remember that we are always in the hands of Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, Jude 24-25.

James Smith

Comments are closed.