The place that men have to get to in order to reach their destiny is entirely dependent on women. It’s a paradox of sorts that requires the promotion of another. The glory that results from the increase of women is credited to the woman and the man, but the ultimate glory was never intended for either.
People of faith make up the church. At the same time, the church is not the smallest unit of grouping bu the family is. The purposes of the family and the church are basically the same or at least closely related. In each case, the group is formed to glorify God.
Ephesians 5:25 says: “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.”
So the “just as” connects the husbands/wives and the church and clearly calls out the sacrifice of the groom for the benefit of the bride.
In verse 27, the passage goes on to say, “that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
The sacrifice for the bride is to present her as glorious. It is to make a way for her glory to be presented, or put on display. The presentation of the bride is back to the groom.
A friend of mine who works with his wife was recognizing the success of his wife and realizing some insecurity as he considered that maybe she was more valuable than him. The truth is that when he sacrifices for her success and for her promotion, the glory of her presentation is credited back to his sacrifice.
A leader who I know recognized that Julie was radiating with evidence of the presence of God within her. She lit up the room with her purity and righteousness being evident. When he saw Him in her, he commented to me, “well done” as he credited her glory to my leadership.
It wasn’t about me, it was about Julie. It was about Julie, it was about Jesus.