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Summary: 3 of 6. Peter pressed & confirmed the crucial role of Christian governance regarding Christian marriage. But how is Christian governance addressed in our marital obligations? Christian governance in MARRIAGE addresses...

‘For The LORD’S SAKE’—1Peter 2:13—3:12

A. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Government—1Peter 2:13-17

B. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Work—1Peter 2:18-25

C. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Marriage—1Peter 3:1-7

D. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Church—1Peter 3:8-12

So far in our study of 1Peter we have examined the fact that

Christians are...CONSIDERED ALIEN(1:1-2)...

We’ve discovered...WHAT’s So GREAT About GOD—(1:3-12)

Discovered God’s means of...UNLEASHING Your SPIRITUAL VITALITY/Vigor(1:13-21)

We’ve also found the importance of LOVING THE BRETHREN(1:22—2:12).

We have seen how those truths play into the overall scheme of Submission...the give-&-take of relationships within CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE....

We began by examining the relationship of CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE in relation to GOVERNMENT(1Peter 2:13-17).

That was followed with the relationship of CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE in relation to WORK(1Peter 2:18-25).

Today we will continue the theme of CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE as it relates to MARRIAGE—

C. CHRISTIAN GOVERNANCE-&-Marriage-III—1Peter 3:1-7

Peter pressed & confirmed the crucial role of Christian governance regarding Christian marriage.

Christian governance is foundational in/to Christian marriage.

How is Christian governance addressed in our marital obligations?

...OR...

What does Christian governance or submission look like in Christian marriage?

2 applications of Christian governance for/in marriage.

2 aspects of Christian governance that are addressed in/within marriage.

Christian governance in MARRIAGE addresses...

1. A Submissive Attitude for WIVES(:1-6)

2. A Submissive Attitude for HUSBANDS(:7)

In addressing a Submissive Attitude for Wives, we have found that Christian governance in MARRIAGE addresses...

A. SOUL-WINNING CONDUCT(:1-2)

B. INWARD ADORNMENT(:3-4)

1—Christian governance in MARRIAGE addresses...

A Submissive Attitude for WIVES(:1-6)(3 aspects--A-C) addresses in turn...

A. SOUL-WINNING CONDUCT(:1-2)

B. INWARD ADORNMENT(:3-4)

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C. OBVIOUS REGARD(:5-6)/Precedent/Example

:5—“For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands,”

“For in this manner, in former times” shows a continuing path of integrity linked with the Old Testament. The same “manner” speaks to & thru both current & past. Our current moral path is one which has remained unchanged from the beginning. “Also” signifies a direct connection between distant generations.

It is God’s design that there always be “holy women.” These “holy women” have always “trusted in God.” Therefore these have always taken it upon themselves to “adorn themselves” with “the hidden person of the heart”(3:4). *Godly women always seek spiritual “adornment” above & to the exclusion of a merely outward “adornment”(spawned of the flesh)(3:3; 1Tim. 2:9-10).

In their spiritual “adornment”, “holy women” of the past exemplified such “holiness” & “adornment” thru their “being submissive to their own husbands.”

Such a “submission to their own husbands” was & is the God-ordained means of honoring God’s design with man as ‘head.’ God is the one who designed godly male headship in marriage, to be bolstered & maintained thru godly female submission to that headship. His(husband’s) word ought to be the last word!

There is no Christ-honoring example of women who ‘unjustifiably’ usurped the role of headship over their family.

•Abigail took it upon herself to ‘save’ her family which had fallen into her husband, Nabal’s(‘foolish’) neglect(1Sam. 25:2-42), but she did so without disrespect of her husband’s God ordained headship. She(as do all godly wives) submitted to that wifely role, knowing that God ultimately rewards those who trust Him.

“In This Manner”—outw or (before a vowel)outwv—Adverb—1) In this manner, thus, so. Strong—In this way(referring to what precedes or follows).

“Former Times/In The Old Time/Of The Past/Formerly”—pote—Particle—1) Once i.e. Formerly, aforetime, at some time. Strong—indefinite adverb, At some time, ever.

From—pou—genitive case of an indefinite pronoun pov(some) otherwise obsolete(compare posov); as adverb of place--Somewhere, i.e. Nearly—&—te—a primary particle(enclitic) of connection or addition; Both or Also(properly, as correlation of kai).

“Holy”—agiov—Adj.—1) Most holy thing, a saint. Agiov has probably as its fundamental meaning separation, i.e., from the world to God's service. This separation, however, is not chiefly external, it is rather a separation from evil & defilement. The moral signification of the word is therefore the prominent one. This word, rare & of neutral meaning in classical Greek, has been developed in meaning, so that it expresses the full N.T. conception of holiness as no other does. Strong—Sacred(physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated).

“Women”—gunh—Noun Fem.—1) A woman of any age, whether a virgin, or married, or a widow; 2) a wife—2a) Of a betrothed woman. Strong—A woman; specially--A wife.

“Trusted/Hoped/Hoping/Put Their Hope”—elpizw—Verb—1) To hope—1a) in a religious sense--To wait for salvation with joy & full confidence; 2) Hopefully to trust in. Strong—To expect or confide.

“Also”—kai—Conjunction—1) And, also, even, indeed, but. Strong—apparently, a primary particle, having a copulative & sometimes also a cumulative force; And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection(or composition) with other particles or small words.

“Adorned”(See :3—kosmov)—kosmew—Verb—1) To put in order, arrange, make ready, prepare; 2) To ornament, adore; 3) metaph.--To embellish with honor, gain honor. Strong—To put in proper order, i.e. Decorate(literally or figuratively); specially--To snuff(a wick). Used 10X.

From—kosmov—1) An apt & harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government; 2) Ornament, decoration, adornment, i.e. The arrangement of the stars, 'the heavenly hosts', as the ornament of the heavens. Strong—Orderly arrangement, i.e. Decoration; by implication--The world. RWP—“The whole cosmos of men, including Gentiles, the whole human race.”

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