I recently had a discussion with church folk about the whole submission thing, and found some like-minded individuals that believe we need to preach this again in our churches. Family is central to the church, and a marriage is central to the family. The relationship men and women have with each other is core to the Gospel. Ephesians 5 makes this clear that marriage is a type of the relationship Jesus has for His Church.
In Ephesians 5:25-27, the Apostle Paul relates that Jesus died for the Church, and in like manner, men ought to love their wives. Jesus cleanses and sanctifies the church and then says, “that he might present it to himself, a glorious church.” When a man loves his wife with selfless love and is her spiritual leader (as well as in temporal matters), he seeks to help his wife be a holy servant of God, and in this manner, brings glory to himself.
This is brought out in 1 Corinthians 11 which discusses headship (authority) and says that the man is the head of the woman. The head means rulership, but it also means giving direction to the body. A body certainly needs a head to move! And it can only have one head–which in this case is the husband. Paul goes on to describe head covering, which is symbolic of glorifying the head (another discussion), but he closes the argument by saying that the woman is the glory of the man (11:7). When a man is the spiritual leader of his wife, and the woman respects that authority, she brings glory to the man.
Wouldn’t you want to be a glorious wife, letting your husband shine?
Pamela Parizo © 2017