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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Four

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 4            Page 4
V.23 (Cont'd.)

** What example does Paul give of this principle?

Christ is the head of the church. cf. Ephesians 1:22-23

** Does a willingness to submit on the part of the wife to a God ordained headship imply she is inferior?

Absolutely not! cf. Galatians 3:28, 1Peter 3:7, 1Corinthians 11:3
It says she is obedient to the Lord Himself.

** Does Jesus Christ use His position of authority over His church to get His way or to oppressively rule the church?

No - He used it to become "the Savior of the body".
Remember from last week, "He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:8).

V.24 ** So we have seen both the MANNER (as to the Lord) and the REASON (God has ordained a man to be the head of his wife) for the Holy Spirit filled wife to be submissive. What pattern is she given to follow?

"as the church is subject to Christ"
Just a footnote: That is when the church is subject to Christ!

** How extensively is the church to submit to Christ?

He is LORD! We are always to be in subjection to Him! Our obedience implies our submission and love for the One who died on our behalf.

** Then how about the wife, how extensively is she to submit to her own husband?

The same! The only path to true joy for a believer is to willingly fulfill the role with which we were called. Remember Luke 11:28!

V.25 ** Now that all Christian wives have a submissive attitude in their reverence for their husband - the problems must all be solved and Paul has no need to address the Christian husband, right?

Wrong! The original command back in verse 21 was for us all to be in subjection to one another. As husband's, we carry an even greater responsibility and therefore carry an even greater potential for causing problems in our marriage if we do not know how to manifest this same heart attitude.

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