5:23 head of the wife . . . head of the church. In other passages on Christ’s headship in this letter, Paul speaks of the way Christ governs the universe and the church (1:22), and serves as the source of the body’s health and growth to maturity (4:14–16).
his body. That is, the church as His body—Christ Himself indwells the church (vv. 28–30).
Savior. It is especially in His role as Savior that Christ serves as the husband’s model (vv. 25–27 and notes).