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Ephesians 5:21-33

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Sermon shared by John Shearhart

July 2010
Summary: The union in Christ portrayed through marriage
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: Believer adults
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to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.

Submission doesn’t mean that women stare at the floor awaiting orders while the men drink ale and go fishing. Submission means that the wife recognizes her symbolic role and she submits herself to her husband’s leadership the same as we would expect the church to submit to Christ’s.

The husband is called the head just as Christ is called the head. This has to do with leadership, and in it the wife is to submit “in everything.”

You might not like this, but that’s when I ask: will you tear this page out? Are these not the words written by God?

Wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, 2as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior. 3Your adornment must not be merely external--braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; 4but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 5For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; 6just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. (I Peter 3:1-6)

Notice that the call to submit stands even when the husbands are disobedient to the word. Notice that the submission is practiced in silence and not in nagging.

Just as Paul appeals to Abraham in Romans 4 to show who are really his children, Peter appeals to Abraham’s wife, Sarah, to show the women whether they are really hers.

Submission is a matter of faith, and God has commanded that wives submit to their husbands in everything regardless of his abilities or spirituality.

Why would God do this? Skip down to verse thirty:

We are members of His body. 31FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND SHALL BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.

We are members of the body of Christ, and for this reason a man and woman are joined.

From the beginning marriage has symbolized Christ’s relationship with His church. So, wives are to submit to their husbands in the same way as we would expect the church to submit to Christ.

And now we come to the role of the husband:

3. Husbands submit to their wives as a symbol of Christ’s love for the church (:25-33)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,

The husband is the head and the wife submits to his leadership; the wife is the body and the husband submits to her through his love.

You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life,
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