Saved Wife’s Calling to Be Submissive
||Rev. Ronald Van Overloop
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|Sacrament of Baptism
- The important setting.
- The calling of wives is closely connected to the self-submission of all believers to one another (Ephesians 5:21; 4:2-16).
- Second, practically no man is really the head of his marriage unless the wife submits.
- Our text is denied and mocked today because of the equality of the sexes or the woman having the same or greater gifts.
- The Christian view of marriage is antithetical to that of the world and of our fleshly desires, because it is “unto the Lord.”
- To “submit” is to put oneself under another.
- This is a spiritual submission, not physical (inferior under superior), but just the recognition God’s authority.
- The godly wife takes a position of submission by giving herself in such a way that she is living for him – a help to him.
- It is a voluntary submission.
- The submission/subjection is to be “in everything” (Ephesians 5:24), for the church is subject to Christ in everything.
- This submission (with charity) is the attitude which properly calls him to repentance for any and all sins
- When there is no submissiveness, there will be a loss of peace in the marriage and in your soul.
- The reasons for submission.
- First, your husband is “your own” (cf. Col. 3:18; Titus 2:5; I Peter 3:1), i.e., the one God Himself brought to you.
- Two, submission to your own husband is to be performed in faith to Jesus, “as unto the Lord.”
- Third, submission is required because “the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.”
- Your Savior and Lord is the fountain from which you are to drink to gain the ability to submit.
- Submit as He submitted.
- Submit to Him for all that He has done for you.