Ephesians 5:22-24New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Marriage Like Christ and the Church
22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. 24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything. (copied from Bible gateway)
To have ANYONE other than Christ be the head of the Church is downright scary. All glory belongs to King Jesus, the Son, the Lamb, the giver of His blood on behalf of guilty sinner. He has all wisdom, power, glory, and honor. He is the only One fit for the job: Head of the church. So obvious, duh. Yet, we often don’t get the obvious. How many churches truly function with Christ as head? And then marriage? If Christ is head and He is the Word, then we really have to trust this submission thing and let Him grow us in our understanding and practice of submission in marriage.
I was reading some this morning from the book, Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. In the introduction to her book, she talks some on submission. It got me thinking about how I’ve learned that submission to my husband is a blessing, how just like any other spiritual work- this one can’t be faked. We can put up an “image” of submission, but if we ain’t submittin’, then we ain’t. Period.
So, in time for the holidays, I’m going to write a series of posts on submission. I’m going to scour the Scriptures, a John Piper book, Nancy Leigh Demoss’s book and website, and any other resource in my path over the next few weeks and I’m going to write on this topic. I looked up Matthew Henry’s commentary (see below) and I think he gives us much to ponder and pray about to begin with.
“Christ’s authority is exercised over the church for the saving of her from evil, and the supplying of her with every thing good for her. In like manner should the husband be employed for the protection and comfort of his spouse; and therefore she should the more cheerfully submit herself unto him.” Matthew Henry’s commentary on Ephesians 5:22-24
Will you join me, Dear Reader?
In Christ Alone,