to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word. a27
He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.
In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife.
No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church.
And we are his body.
As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one." b32
This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.
So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)