INTRO: We are in Ephesians 5:22-33. The home is addressed. Husbands and wives are instructed. Because the thought that led Paul to this subject was submission, he addressed the wife first. The key instruction to the wife was submission. This biblical instruction has had a huge impact the world over and still does. But more and more, it is changing. If a body of government does not have a number of women in charge of some areas, they are viewed as out of touch. They are not progressive. This will lead farther and farther away from biblical influence in the home.
The home is the oldest institution on earth, older than government. It was also put in place by God Himself. He created the man first, and from the man He made the woman. Therefore she is bone of his bones and flesh of his flesh. And she was made for him, he was not made for her.
We believe that the Word of God is inspired by Almighty God. If that is so, and we do not doubt it is, then the Bible is truth from God. Now we put great stress on truth. It is absolutely essential for Christians to do that. That means that what the Bible has to say about marriage and the husband wife relationship is what we go by. And in our passage we see the two greatest essentials for a blessed marriage. I do not say 'happy marriage', I say blessed marriage. Not all marriages are happy. There are many reasons for that, but somewhere down the line it is usually related to sin in one way or another.