How to have a submissive wife and other tall tales.
Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: How to have a submissive wife and other tall tales!
We continue our series, “How to have a submissive wife and other tall tales.” Last week we began with the spiritual principle, “subjection leads to elevation.” It is a Biblical principle that we see most profoundly illustrated in the life of Jesus Christ. It calls all of us, both male and female, to submit our lives to Jesus Christ. This week we return to Ephesians 5:21-33 and we consider especially these words: Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. (Ephesians 5:21-24 NIV). As we look at the marriage relationship or relationships in general then we must focus on two phrases and their meaning: “as you do to the Lord,” and “now as the church submits to Christ.” How does Jesus live in relationship to us and the church? Does Christ seek to dominate and dictate to us? If we begin to understand these words and how Jesus shares in the relationship with us and the church, it will bring clarity to all our relationships! It will help us to understand Jesus’ love and the power to love others in his name. We will use The Message translation this week to help us better understand these verses. As you prepare for worship, notice how Jesus gave his life to cherish us! Ephesians 5:21-33: Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another. 22 Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. 23 The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. 24 So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands. 25 Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. 26 Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, 27 dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. 28 And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. They’re really doing themselves a favor—since they’re already “one” in marriage. 29 No one abuses his own body, does he? No, he feeds and pampers it. That’s how Christ treats us, the church, 30 since we are part of his body. 31 And this is why a man leaves father and mother and cherishes his wife. No longer two, they become “one flesh.” 32 This is a huge mystery, and I don’t pretend to understand it all. What is clearest to me is the way Christ treats the church. 33 And this provides a good picture of how each husband is to treat his wife, loving himself in loving her, and how each wife is to honor her husband. (MSG)