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The Challenge for Wives. Ephesians 5:22-24;33. Foundational Matters. 1. Focus on the principles and the details will usually work themselves out. 2. In a fallen world there are no guarantees

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the challenge for wives

The Challenge for Wives

Ephesians 5:22-24;33

foundational matters
Foundational Matters

1. Focus on the principles and the details will usually work themselves out.

2. In a fallen world there are no guarantees

3. God’s gift of my mate is for my sanctification and to put on display the love of Jesus for His church.

4. We must not be romance intoxicated

the principle of submission
The Principle of Submission
  • In virtually every text on husband wife relations
  • The contemporary context causes people to read their biases back into the text
  • We must understand the text and its message to the original hearers.
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The Principle of Submission
  • Women were scorned in the ancient world
  • It was true in Roman as well
    • Women in Antiquity, Charles Seltman
  • Women were chattel (imbecilitas)
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The Principle of Submission
  • Jesus came on the scene and created a stir
  • John 4:9, 27
  • Paul’s writings reinforce the foundational principles of Jesus (Galatians 3:28)
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The Principle of Submission
  • Applications

1. This teaching is for us—the church.

    • It is not instruction for every woman to every man
    • It does not preclude leadership in various cultural positions by women
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The Principle of Submission
  • Applications

2. It is not subjugation but willing submission

For order

Voluntary

For church’s protection (Titus 2:5)

Not weakness but like Jesus

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The Principle of Submission
  • Applications

3. Creational not patriarchal

These texts Challenge Patriarchy

They are pointing back to redemption toward created perfection

the principle of respect
The Principle of Respect
  • Eph. 5:33
  • “Fear” has a wide variety of meaning; respect is the main idea
  • Men thrive when they know their wives respect them (Prov. 31:10-12,23)