Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Husbands and Wives

Hey all, here is some pictures of me and my Bride and some of the whole family. well its been a week or so since the last blog, so here it is...........
I now pronounce you Husband and Wife
Truths of a Healthy Home
Ephesians 5.21-33

I. Duties of the Wife
Eph 5:21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands

This is a very touchy subject that Paul deals with in the remainder of Chapter five. He deals specifically with husbands and wives, and their relationships. Notice how verse 21 clarifies. This verse tells us that we should submit to one another out of reverence to Christ. Now this is important because the next verses could be taken as a blow against women. But in this scripture we see how we can literally serve one another. Wives are told by Paul to submit to their husbands. This is a military term were the officer in control receives all responsibility for the actions of the military unit. In other words the man is responsible to God for all action in the House. This is not a command for women to be stupid, or to be a secondary citizen. This text describes how God set up the Household. This also refers to respect. Many men are not what they could be because they may not receiver the respect that they should be receiving. Paul compares the relationship of the Husband and wife to the Relationship of Christ and the Church. Just as the Church respects and submits to God, wives should do the same to the Husbands. Now this does not make the Husbands a type of God or Higher being. God has given husband and wives each jobs. Both are a type of submission. Christ was the Servant leader, men are to be the same way, the Church is Christ’ glorious wife, wives are to be the same way. (Do you think our culture would go along with this? How can we better encourage this type of Thinking? Do you think this would help some of our Homes today? Why?)
a. Submit
b. Respect

II. Duties of the Husband
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 "Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Paul now begins to describe the Husbands duties by comparing him to Christ. This is no doubt are some tough shoes to fill. The husband is more than just a provider, he is the representative of Christ to his family. The first duty is to love. This is not saying I love you, but it is living it. Just as Christ wooed us with his love the Husband is to do the same towards his wife. She should never doubt his love for her. The husband love should be all it could possibly be here on earth. The husband should also sacrifice. This can apply to anything he should just a Christ was sacrificial. The husband should let his wants and even his needs be put back so that his wife’s can be met. This is what Christ did for his church. We see that everything that Christ does glorifies himself, thus he is sanctifying his Church to present it to Himself. In other words, Christ is making, and doing everything he can to make his bride look and feel as beautiful as she can. Husbands are called to do the same thing. (Who do you think has more on them, the husband or the wife? Why are both roles so important? What are some ways the world opposes this?)
a. Love
b. Sacrifice
c. Present

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