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Ephesians Devotional—Week Five, Day Four (12/31/09)

Ephesians 5:22-24

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. {23} For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. {24} Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Somehow, submission has become a dirty word. It was not always the case, especially when we “gaze upon the face of God.” 1

Submission (and its true meaning) comes from the nature of God Himself. There is an eternal relationship that exists between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The Son submits to the Father, the Holy Spirit submits to and carries out the will of the Father and the Son, and the Father honors the Son. Each member of the Godhead loves the other. They are in complete unity. Submission is s a very beautiful and wonderful reality within God Himself. 2

It is the world which has distorted and misused the concept. But we must not allow the world to shape our thinking in any area of life, let alone with this important subject. Therefore, submission of a woman to a man is not only wonderful, it is right. Submission means to fit into. It means to come under in one’s rightful place. It means to subordinate. 3

It is also important that this passage is part of the larger context. According to the context, submission flows out of a Spirit-filled lifestyle. It is also multi-relational; that is, the husband submits to his wife as well (by loving her). Fathers submit to their children (by raising them in the nurture and instruction of the Lord). Servants submit to their masters, and masters submit to their servants (by not threatening them, but treating them equitably as unto the Lord).

Wives are to be submissive to their own husbands as the church submits to Christ. It is a highly relational submission, therefore. It involves interaction, understanding, sensitivity, cooperation, and obedience.

  1. How have you thought of the word submission, particularly in the context of marriage?
  2. How has your concept changed as a result of this study?
  3. What is the ideal environment in which submission can thrive? What can husbands do to make their wives thrive in their roles? What can wives do to make their husbands thrive in theirs?

1 Dr. Del Tackett, The Truth Project, Lesson 7. Sociology: The Divine Imprint.

2 The Greek word is hupotasso. It’s meaning is derived from Genesis 2:18 and from the Strong’s Concordance Hebrew-Greek Dictionary.

3 See John 10:30, 20:21, 14:26; John 16:7; Matthew 28:19-20.

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