TOPIC: SUBMIT ONE TO ANOTHER
A. God’s Principle (Ephesians 5:21-24)
The word “Submission” causes many to bristle. They do not want to submit to anyone. But our whole society is built on the principle of submission. The same is specially true in the Church.
Sometimes Paul’s teaching in this passage of the scripture has been applied to justify one person in marriage relationship dominating the other person. But as we take a close look, we discover a far different and more positive meaning.
In Ephesians 5:21 Paul instructed the Ephesian believers to submit themselves to one another. To submit means that we are willing to serve rather than exalting ourselves over others. Paul applied this concept to marriage.
The wife is directed to submit herself to her husband “as unto the Lord” (verse 22).
This phrase does not mean that she views her husband in the same light as she does the Lord. It means that bringing herself under submission is to be viewed as service to the Lord.
The submission is based on the structure that God has given for the marriage relationship. God has made the husband the head of his wife just as Jesus Christ has been made the head of the Church (verse 23).
It is important to note in the comparison that the Church, of which Jesus Christ is the head, is also called His body. This analogy gives the husband the responsibility of being the protector and provider of his wife who had been made one flesh with him.
The wife’s responsibility is to submissive to her husband as the Church Is to Jesus Christ. Submission does not mean inferiority in any way. It simply means that she recognizes him as the head and responds accordingly.
Because a man is the head of his home, does this mean that he is in charge of all business affairs and decisions?
The husband as the head of the house, is ultimately responsible for the home. However, this does not mean he must be the one to actually do everything. For example, take the area of finances. Some men are not good bookkeepers or money managers. As head of the family, the husband is to see that the best qualified person handles the finance.
One young husband said, “the best act of stewardship I have ever committed was when I gave my wife the cheque book”.
The “in everything” of verse 24 does not include sinful activities which are contrary to God’s word as some people taught. When an unsaved husband asks his wife to participate in activities contrary to God’s word, a higher law comes into effect. That law is “obedience to Christ and His Word.”
B. Source of Inner Beauty (1 Peter 3:1-6)
There are other benefits to the wife being in submission. God can use the inner beauty of a submissive wife as a method by which an unbelieving husband can be won to the Lord, Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:1-2).
Peter did not suggest that a woman should not fix her hairs, or wear jewelry, or nice dresses. Rather what Peter was talking about was that the woman should not think of her physical beauty as the source of true beauty (verse 3).
The real beauty of a Christian woman comes from the “meek and quiet spirit” which is valuable to God (verse 4).
In verses 5 and 6, Peter drew on Jewish history to demonstrate that purity of life and a submissive spirit had always been the godly woman’s beauty secret. It is this inner beauty that is a force in winning the unsaved mate.
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