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The Christian Home (Part 1)
Bible Text: Ephesians 5:22-33 | Preacher: Pastor Joe Ricchuiti | Series: Ephesians, The Christian Home
1. Paul teaches the need for order in the Christian home. He begins in 5:22-33 with the husband and wife relationship. There is a God-ordained order in the Christian home expressed by the terms “headship” and “submission.” This order is based, not on culture, but on creation (Genesis 2 & 3; 1 Corinthians 11:3; 1Timothy 2:13).
2. What Paul writes in Ephesians contrasts the deplorable situation women found themselves in in Jewish, Greek, and Roman culture. As one writer states: “It is this admonition to wives which has made Paul the object of most bitter attack. The apostle has been declared to be the enemy of women. His teachings have been attributed to an age of darkness when women were degraded and debased by men. On the other hand, more careful study will show that Paul has been their great emancipator. He is the one who has instead upon their spiritual equality with men. Whenever his teaching have been accepted women have been enfranchised, ennobled, and given their just and proper rights.”
3. Christian wives are called to submit (hupotasso-a Greek military term meaning to “line up on ranks,” “fall in line.” It has to do with order, not with value, being, equality or inferiority. It does not imply “slavish obedience.” It does mean to place oneself under the leadership of another, not usurping another’s authority. She is called to submit “to her own husband,” limiting Paul’s admonition to Christian marriage, not to all of society.
4. This call to submission is not the only call to submission in the Scriptures. Christians are called to submit to each other in the Body of Christ (Ephesians 5:21); to submit to governmental authorities (Romans 13; Titus 3:1; 1 Peter 2:13); to submit to church leaders (Hebrews 13:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12), to name some.