I have been a wife for 65 years, marrying at 15, I have always tried to live by this principle.
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Bracketing—Assignment 10
What is the wife's role in a marriage?
Published December 27th, 2017
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Main point summary
The relationship between Husband and wife should mirror the relationship between Christ and the church
Ephesians 5:22-24
z Wives, a submit to your own husbands, b as to the Lord.
Wives are to allow their husbands to have authority over her, as her master
For c the husband is the head of the wife
Because the husband is the authority over his wife.
even as d Christ is the head of the church, his body,
Just as Christ is the final authority for the church, which is His body
and is e himself its Savior.
and it is through Christ that the church is saved
Now as the church submits to Christ,
Therefore as the church submits to the authority of the Word of God through Christ to make final decisions in all things
so also wives should submit f in everything to their husbands.
so must wives allow their husbands to have authority of them in all things
Even so today, but perhaps more so in Paul's day. The husband has to take responsibility of his wife's actions. Look how in 1Timothy 3:4 the overseer must manage his own household. And further in vs 11 Deacons' wives must also be dignified etc.
Paul says that Christ is the head of the church and its savior. I don't think that Paul is trying to say that the husband, as head of the wife, is her savior. For she must also be committed to Christ. 1Cor 7:15 discusses the circumstances of a believer married
Some may say that Paul is only speaking to Wives and husbands who are joined in a Christian marriage. I don't believe that is correct. A believing wife or husband may be able to lead their spouse to the Lord by following the instructions Paul has given. And the situation is described later when he addresses Slaves and masters.
As Paul is instructing wives to submit to their husbands, he is not taking away their ability to have a say in decisions. But discussions should be between the two and not in public. After all is said and done, the wife, having brought up her concerns, must submit to her husband as the head of the household and present a united front in public. So too, must members of the church be allowed to discuss in their private meetings, concerns, but after all is said and done, what the Word of God says that should rule. Even in our prayers, we are allowed to tell God what we are thinking (He already knows) but we ask that His will be done, not ours. As Jesus said in Matthew 26:42 "...may your will be done".
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