And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:2-4
There is a romantic song that says, “Everything I do, I do it for you.” One cannot escape the love story that is in the new Testament, though not one of romance, but of true, sacrificial, unconditional love. Jesus gave up his place in glory to come and live and die, that we could be made free (Philippians 2:7-8). The Cross was for us, to reconcile us to Him.
When one reads this and then reads Ephesians 5, one can begin to understand that everything a man does in his marriage is to this end, that he should love his wife even as he loves himself, and gives himself for her, glorifying himself and Jesus through his family. The bride, the obedient Bride, glorifies her husband and Jesus.
God created us for His glory, as a vessel through which He can shine, and it is to that end, that He showers us with His love through the Holy Spirit. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is His love for us and His glorification in us. A man shines through his wife. She is his glory.
As women, our part is to honor him, respect him, and reverence him. How can a woman not choose to follow the leadership of a man who has done all that for us? Obedience and submission then become an act of love and not a burden. See your husband, not just as a human, but as the leader that God gave to you.
God would have us see our husband as offering us freedom and liberty, while feminism would have women see their husbands as tyrants, chaining them to submission. Godly submission is not about control; it’s about love. Consider what it means to serve God because of His great love for us, and the freedom that He brings to us, and it becomes clear what submission and obedience are all about. Let everything be done in love.
Pamela Parizo © 2017