In the previous post, we began to look at the biblical call of marriage. We began by looking at the call upon the husband. That he is called to resemble Christ in the relationship between Christ and His church. Today we are going to look at the wife. Now I know that in this post that many will disagree. It is not favorably to look at God’s Word and come to the interpretation that I come to in looking at Ephesians 5. Rather, it is normal to be dismissive of God’s Word in the role of wives.
Ephesians 5:22-24 “22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.”
“Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” For some people, this immediately starts controversy. Hold your horses… First, notice that it says to your own husband, not to all men. Wives are called to submit to their own husbands because the husband is to resemble Christ in the Christ and church relationship. This is to be a display of the Gospel relationship between Jesus and His church. He willingly gave His life for her. Wives, are to represent the church in this relationship. Responding the sacrificial husband through submission. Submission is not blind obedience. Rather she is submitting to her husband because she submits to the Lord. Trusting that her husband has her interests in mind because he is being like Christ to her.
For many wives, this will have to be a true conscious effort. Of making the effort to submit to her husband and not to manipulate nor domineer him. Her reasoning for submission is not because of her husband, but as the text says, it’s for the Lord. Wives will submit to their husbands because they love Jesus more than they love their husbands. Husbands will sacrifice for their wives because they love Jesus more than their wives. No one said this would be easy, but isn’t Jesus worth it?