Christ and the Church

St. Chrysostom, commenting on Ephesians 5:25:

Do you wish that your wife would submit to you as the Church does to Christ? Then care for her, as Christ does the Church; and if it is necessary that you should give your life for her, or be cut into pieces a thousand times, or endure anything whatsoever, then refuse it not; yes, for if you were to suffer in these dreadful ways for your wife, you still would not have done what Christ did for you. For you did this for one with whom you were already united; but he did it for her who, until then, had only rejected him and hated him.

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