Sunday, July 31, 2011

Submission.. women under the authority of men

Ephesians 5:21-32
21 and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.
 22 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.
 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her;
26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
27 that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.
28 So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself;
29 for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church,
30 because we are members of His body.
 31 For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.
 32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband.

Interestingly, the husband has the harder duties.. the wife is never commanded to LOVE her husband, but to respect him.  The husband has the major part of the duties.
Being submissive is not being a slave.. we are equal spiritually , but woman was made as a helpmeet for the man, so says the Genesis account. 
Submission is not a bad thing.. it gives a woman freedom

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