In Ephesians 5:22-23 the Apostle Paul is outlining several different things to the new believers in Ephesus. Reading of the previous verses will reveal a fatherly approach to the Christian life. Paul discusses where the Ephesians came from, the importance of unity, and in this section he is moving into family life.
The passage also includes a beautiful image of Christ as the head of the church, and speaks of how Christ loved the church so much that he sacrificed himself for her. The Apostle Paul uses the model of Christ loving his church as a model on how husbands and wives should live out their faith. As Christ poured himself out for the church, husbands and wives should pour themselves out to each other in mutual submission and love. In his book Jesus the Bridegroom Dr. Brant Pitre states, “In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul not only describes the sacrificial death of Christ for the Church in terms of a husband’s love for his wife: he also explicitly describes the love between Christ and the church as a great mystery.”