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Today's sermon is some of the most misunderstood
Scripture of both husbands and wives.
22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.
This does not make men "Masters" over their wives. Jesus NEVER considered Himself to be our Master. He lead us with love, just as we are to lead our families. He was willing to die for us, just as a husband should be willing to die for his wife. We DO consider Our Heavenly Father to be Our Master, as we are His Servants.
24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
Just as Jesus is the Head of the Church, a husband is head of the home. Anything with two heads, is a freak! Remember also that Jesus answered all questions asked of Him. He told the reason WHY is was to be. A husband must allow his wife to ask questions, and answer them. Christ did this... ALWAYS. He never said "Because I said so." Jesus was the example for all husbands to follow. This thought is carried on into the next verses.
25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
All husbands should make their wives look pure. We should bring out the best in them. This will allow them to bring out the best in us. If a wife fails, it is due to poor leadership from the husband. To many husbands blame their faults on their wives. Men, if you want to lead, then be a leader! Wives, if you want to make the best of your marriage, then follow! I have never seen a church follow Christ, and fail. Wives, you are the church! It is a position of honor!
28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church-- 30for we are members of his body. 31"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh."
Just as the Church is Christ, and Christ is the Church. It is hard to tell where one starts and the other begins. They are one. They work as one. They live as one. They think as one. They love as one. The Church supports Christ, and Christ supports The Church.
32This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
I hope this makes it clear that the Bible considers the role of wife as a position of honor. In our marriage vows both husband and wife promise God, in the form of a vow, they will love and honor each other. But then it is the husband that vows to cherish, and the wife vows to obey. Just as Our Savior cherishes us, and we obey Him.
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