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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Four

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 4            Page 3
V.22 (Cont'd.)

** How many stipulations must the husband meet before his wife adopts this submissive heart attitude?

None! This command is for the godly woman, and is independent of the husband's behavior or lifestyle. All see - 1Peter 3:1-2 and 1Corinthians 7:13 & 16

** What is the MANNER in which she is to be submissive?

"as to the Lord"

** What does that mean in practical terms?

Just as she loves the Lord, reveres Him, speaks to Him and serves Him - she will do the same for her "own husband". Such a lovely attitude is applauded by God and is used to build up a home and marriage. cf. 1Peter 3:4

** How does this approach to being a wife fit into the view held by the world around us?

It is totally opposite and does not fit at all!
cf. Genesis 3:16 and Genesis 4:7 - teshuqah "a longing"

** What does the Bible say will be the results of such a godly lifestyle by the wife?

Proverbs 31:10-11, 27-31 She is trusted and praised!
Titus 2:3-5 The word of God is honored!
1Peter 3:5-6 She becomes Sarah's child!

V.23 ** Having seen the MANNER in which she is submissive is "as to the Lord", what REASON is given by the apostle as he pens this letter under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?

"For the husband is the head of the wife"

** What vitally important principle does this introduce?

God has ordered His creation to function on the principle of authority and submission. These two pillars hold up and hold together all that God has created. Certainly within world governments and society we can see how important that is, but even in the marriage relationship (the smallest example possible) it is crucial, if our marriage is going to be the taste of Heaven it was designed to be and if God is going to be glorified.

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