Chapter Five, Lesson Four
THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 4 Page
The Spirit Filled Life
V.22 ** Where is Paul's command to Christian wives really found?
Back in verse 21 - "be subject to one another"
Verse 22 merely personalizes the command to wives, as verse 25 will
do for husbands.
** As we learn these specific applications of Paul's command to be subject
to one another, we will see both the MANNER and the REASON
for which we are to be in submission to one another. Do you recall from
last week the definition we learned for "be subject"?
hupotasso - a military term meaning "to arrange or rank under".
As Christians we desire to consider others as more important than ourselves.
cf. Philippians 2:3
** While that is a general principle that describes who we are to be
as those who belong to Jesus Christ, how does it apply specifically in
the closest, most intimate relationship among mankind - marriage? Does
being in subjection mean "agreeing with" or "obeying commands"?
No! This is speaking of the attitude of the heart! If I desire to consider
my spouse as more important to me than myself, I will want to please
her even if I disagree with her!
cf. Ephesians 5:10
If I do not wish to please my spouse more than myself, I am not being
submissive at heart, no matter what I might be telling myself.
** Alright then, to whom is the Holy Spirit Filled wife to be in subjection?
To her "own husband" - this is why we know that Paul is getting
more specific in his call for a submissive attitude in Christians, as
he now applies it to marriage.
** What is the importance of the wife's submission being directed toward
her "own husband".
It shows a voluntary subjection to that which is part of her. This
entire passage is built upon the reality that we are not our own, but
belong to a greater whole for God's glory. cf. V.31
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