Summary: 2 of 3 +1. Paul unveiled the vital role of submission inherent to a Christ-honoring marriage & family. Christ-honoring families must operate under the umbrella of submission. But How? Foundational family integrity is found in...
MUTUAL SUBMISSION-II—Ephesians 5:21—6:4
‘Foundational Family Integrity’
‘A Family’s Integrity in Mutual Submission’
Some of you recognize that the men got hit pretty hard last Sunday with what I titled ‘A Wife’s Submission.’
We are a country embroiled in individualistic endeavors to the exclusion of & to the ruin/destruction/devastation of others....manifested in Hedonism(drugs/sex/possessions)
Work-ism or busy-ness(Work=Good)...borne by financial indebtedness, etc.
It is not possible for a marriage & family to thrive, when one or more of the members is into themselves to the exclusion of others!
We may learn to live with one another, but we will have no power in the world!
Integrity—“The state of being whole & undivided: upholding territorial integrity & national sovereignty.” a.—The condition of being unified, unimpaired, or sound in construction. b.—Internal consistency or lack of corruption.
Integrity—1. Adherence to moral & ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty; 2. The state of being whole, entire, or undiminished; 3. Sound, unimpaired, or perfect condition.
Paul unveiled the role of submission inherent to a Christ-honoring nuclear family.
Christ-honoring families must operate under the umbrella of submission.
How is submission essential to the integrity of Christ-honoring families?
4 arenas in which submission secures Christ-honoring integrity for the Christ-honoring family.
*Foundational(Christ-honoring) family integrity is found in Mutual Submission!
*Mutual Submission cannot be experienced fully apart from God’s love!
Last Sunday we found that Foundational(Christ-honoring) family integrity is found in...
1.(part a) A WIFE’s submission(5:22-25, 33)
1(part b)—Foundational family integrity is found in...
A WIFE’s submission(:22-25, 33)
:24—“Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.”
“Therefore”—The result & or application of obedience to a God-ordered harmony between husband & wife is that in the same way “the church is subject to Christ,” so also “the wives” are to be subject “to their own husbands.” This is to be so in every aspect of their relationship to one another—He as head & she as body. This is a continuous relationship just as is the church to Christ.
*“Everything” does NOT mean at the husband’s every selfish/carnal/worldly whim.
*A wife has a sinful natural inclination to usurp the husband’s headship...
*...Likewise The Husband has a sinful natural inclination to artificially enforce his headship by keeping his wife under his thumb/feet lording over her in a domineering(arrogant) manner.
**!!The following questions & applications unused in this sermon. See ‘A HUSBAND’s Submission’ following!!**