A note from our pastor:
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.Ephesians 5:23
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
First, please note our study verse this week continues a series of verses which focus on the institution of marriage and the relationship between husbands and wives. The verses necessarily build on one another, and, thus, the meaning of the verses should be considered individually and within the larger context and meaning. Please take the time to go back and read the writings on prior verses if you have not already done so.
Our study verse this week presents an important theological concept which deserves study and reflection of its own outside of the lesson on marriage presented. Christ is the head of the church. The instruction being clear — the true church of Jesus Christ does not have a hierarchy of people ruling over it. The scriptures prescribe the need for pastors/teachers, which serve the local body, and from there only support Christ as the governing authority. This instruction leaves no room for boards, directors, regional authorities, or any other oversight form.
With this established, let us consider the teaching regarding marriage the Apostle is setting forth. First, the prototype in this example continues to be Christ and his relationship with the saved elect. While the relationship between Christ and his church, or saved people, is the example for the relationship between man and wife, no husband will ever be able to reach the level of Christ’s self-sacrifice and likewise no wife should be expected to reach the level of service of the church.
Rather this verse teaches an important lesson on what it means for the husband to be the head of the family, or marriage, in scripture. All too many have used this verse as an excuse for the husband to exert abusive or near abusive control of their wives. This is a horrible misapplication of the meaning of this verse. What is actually called for is a complete self-sacrificing love on the part of the husband.
With Christ as the model for husbands, being the head of the household means setting aside all that might be well deserved, and sacrificing everything for your wife or family. Quite the opposite of living a life of control and authority.
Our Prayers are with you daily,
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