You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
26 That [hina] he might sanctify [hagiazo] and cleanse it [katharizo]
with the washing [loutron] of water [hudor] by [en] the word, [rhema] KJV-Interlinear
26 that He
might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, NASB
He, is a reference to Christ. To sanctify, means to make holy or set apart.
This is accomplished by means of a cleansing, or a washing. But here the washing is not of water, but by means of water symbolically used in reference for the scriptures.
There is no reference to salvation here. Salvation is by means of faith in Christ.
This however, is a washing, or a continual washing using the word of God. This establishes the day to day functions of one in their daily life, and more specifically, in their day to day spiritual life.
As an unbeliever, you are spiritually dead. That is tantamount to being dirty, filthy, putrid, and in need of a good washing.
The gospel introduces you to the concept of salvation, by which, when you believe in Christ, you are saved and simultaneously washed clean of your filth, which is the sin in your life, the sin prior to your salvation.
This produces in you, a holiness, or a spiritual cleansing that places you in fellowship with God through Christ.
However, you are still here on this earth, and you still live in your sin nature corrupted body. And as such, you are influenced by that sin nature, and need a good washing from time to time during and throughout your life. That means confession and the fellowship status that is derived through that process.
So, you are washed and continually cleansed by means of doctrine and the function of your spiritual life.
And as such, just as Christ did this for us, so too, the husband and wife are to live their lives within the spiritual sphere on a daily basis. This contributes to the understanding of life and the proper orientation not only to God and life, but to each other.
Life is a relationship. It is a series of relationships.
Our relationship with God is paramount and establishes the foundation for our life for all of eternity.
Our relationship with our spouse is that fundamental basis for the continuation of society and properly brings two people together in a unity that is beyond compare and has no equal, when it is pursued with proper attention.
When people become selfish or disinterested, then that relationship falls apart. It is difficult for only one member to maintain a successful relationship. The best relationship takes two to make it successful.
Our relationship with God has only one potential flaw, namely us. God is perfect.
Our relationship with each other in marriage, has two potential flaws, namely both persons, husband and wife.
While each person has their own responsibility toward God, when in marriage however, when both are pursuing their spiritual lives, then the synergy of that effort will produce blessings that are far beyond the sum of each person alone.
And remember that blessings are not restricted to monetary results, but come in many forms, especially in their eternal ramifications.
The overall objective of each individual is to get prepared for their eternal life through their daily spiritual life. This works well when it is pursued daily and continually throughout ones life.
When both spouses pursue this goal of spiritual advancement, then their chances of success in this effort, are magnified because of that common goal, not only uniting them as husband and wife, but uniting them in the greatest pursuit of a lifetime, namely their spiritual lives.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.