Ephesians 5:21-33 deals with the respective roles and responsibilities of wives and husbands. Today we consider what Paul says about the proper attitude of a Christian wife.
Verse 21 sets the tone of the entire passage: it is all about submission. The word translated "submit" means
- to put oneself under another; - to subordinate one's position and interests to another's; - to yield to another's control, direction, advice, or admonition.
As we come to this text, we must repudiate all the ideas of the world. This teaching is anathema to a worldly mind. But not to a spiritual mind.
For a Christian wife, this is a matter of her
- Holiness - for we are dealing with God's command; - Honor - for this is something most Christian wives vowed before God to do. - Happiness - for no-one can improve on God's provision for a happy home.
Dr. Alan Cairns served for 25 years as pastor of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC, before retiring and being named Pastor Emeritus in 2007. Prior to coming to the United States, he pastored Free Presbyterian churches in Dunmurry and Ballymoney, in Co. Antrim,...