Ephesians

A blog is so not necessary.  The book said it all! I would LOVE to hear a verse that was fresh and amazing to you this time.  Maybe something new or maybe one you have had memorized for a while, I would just love to know one that touched your heart.  (and if NONE, call me we gotta talk!)

Here is the one that I am going to talk about….the one most of you thought I might avoid.  I am going to underline the emphasis of the scripture. 

Chapter 5:

21Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

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. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

 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. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.

If you are having trouble with this read it backwards.  Men, treat and love  your wife just as Jesus did the church.  (tall order!) and wives, let a man lead out of respect for the Lord.  When you let a man be what God calls him to be and you line up with that who are you submitting to?? THE LORD!    We are called up for very very different roles.  Woman, we are wired and called to run the house (Proverbs).  When you allow the order of the house to fall into place you are doing it FOR the Lord.   The Lord knows ORDER, without it there is chaos.

Listen there is a huge difference between equal rights and feminism. (Trust me anything that end in ism is a “way of life” ordained by man) God is very much for equal rights,  role delegation and order, for work, war, home and family.  Ok, here is the thing, if that does not work for you try reading Chapter 5:22-33 and this time reverse the word wife and husband.  You will see that the man is held extremely accountable and has a harder role to fulfill. Ummmm I will stay right where I am on this one.    Seriously though, if this is a topic you struggle with, it is the Lord you are dishonoring not your husband.

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10 comments so far

  1. "Miss Anonymous" aka Karen on

    Ok…The whole “armor for God” verses. (6:10-18) It was like a big pep rally or something!! Totally gets me fired up to learn more and seek His guidance and wisdom. Awesome read! Love how it so descriptively gets you ready for war. And I don’t know about you all, but many days I feel like I am fighting a war!! Sometimes a war just within myself…or other times with my husband or kids!! After reading about being gentle and PATIENT, then reading the part about not going to sleep until arguments are resolved, I know how badly I need that armor!!!! I need to read it every morning to prepare for my day!!

  2. Patricia on

    I love the Armor of God. One of the things I find interesting is that they are all “defense” excpet one. Which says a lot about the world today. If we are doing God’s Will in this world we will be under attack from the world’s standards, satan himself, and even sometimes friends and family. But the one thing in the armor that is “offense” is the Sword! And that is the Word of God. It is sooo important to know God’s word because without it you can only defend, and eventually you will get beat down and feel defeated. Just in case this is new to you, here is the armor cliffnotes:

    Belt: Truth: To defend from satan’s lies (and ohh he will wisper them in your ear every moment he gets. SO know the TRUTH.

    Breastplate:Righteousness: It protects our heart! God puts a Breastplate of Righteousness on you. He reconciled you!

    Footgear: Ready to spread the Good News? Satan will completely talk you out of talking to people about Jesus as our Lord and Savior example “Don’t you will look like an idiot, or you should not discuss politics and religions…” that’s bushleauge!

    Shield: Faith: When “crap” comes flying at you, what do you know that will keep you moving forward?? How do we know we can get past our trial like arrows being tossed at us…our FAITH.

    Helmet: Salvation: Keep your mind protected and clear. Keep a Helmet over that brain so that stupid doctrine and other “ways” to salvation don’t creep in.

    SWORD!: WORD OF GOD: How do you combat all the above stuff we are defending from? With our Sword! Know the Word of God, not to check it off your list, not to say you did it, but to know God’s Character and HIs huge plan so that you can combat all the lies, untruths, and junk of this world!

  3. James Gregory on

    It’s interesting to receive a woman’s perspective on Eph 5:21-33, for so few have commented on it in comparison to the plethora of comments coming from males.

    As a point of conversation, Eph 5:22 does not say, “wives, let your husbands lead you, as to the Lord,” but rather, the word “submit” is missing altogether. It comes from v. 21 and is supplied in v. 22 since the latter has no verb whatsoever. The verb in v. 21 is a participle that bears imperatival force. Therefore, Eph 5:22 says, “wives submit to your husbands, as to the Lord.”

  4. Patricia on

    Well, James that is a woman’s perpsctive of what Submit means…in Biblical Greek it means hypotassō,meaning to arrange under, to subordinate, to subject, put in subjection, to subject one’s self, obey, to submit to one’s control, to yield to one’s admonition or advice.

    In my language that means Lead. Here is the deal, if a man is acting as a man is called to unto the Lord, trust me woman have NO PROBLEM submitting to their advice. The word becomes an “S” word that woman do not want to roll off their tongue, when we have to submit under the authority of an ungodly man.

  5. Patricia on

    OK, just got an e-mail from a cousin in Ohio with a really good question (and I don’t have an answer, just an opinion).

    Her and her husband have two different denominations. For years she submited to his lead and attended his church. However, she grew up in th Bible and knows in her heart that the doctrine being taught is contrary to God’s Word. After years of that she actually took a stand and decided to go back to her church and now the family is divided on Sundays. What should she do? I would love some of my Titus 2 woman to chime in!

    Here is my 2 cents (worth 1) I NEVER am on the side of a divided family on Sunday. I don’t think Jesus would be either. And with that said I do beleive that a Husband should take all opinions of the family into account and make a decision and the family should fall in order under that. WITH THAT SAID, you all know what hills I die on and which ones I don’t. What we see reading these letters is that false teachings will be a part of our churches, and although in Romans Paul clearly states that we need not be divided on our differences, ALL THE letters stand firm on Salvation Doctrine. It is the sole platform that Paul spent all that time preaching. SOOOO in conclusion, if the church teaches any Deed, or Act, or Law as a way to salvation I strongly feel that is not what Jesus would want us to submit under. The salvation of your children and generations to come are at stake. So take all that and squwoosh it around your head and heart and see what God leads you to do.

  6. Patricia on

    James, thanks, got your comments (they were not published) and I just don’t have the energy for a debate. It is not a salvation issue so I am ok with your opinion but just not up for it today. I am sure you understand. Thanks for visiting the blog.

  7. JENN on

    The highlights in this book for me past and present – I took many of the verses as a “blueprint” of our character, the shaping of it by heeding the do’s and don’t’s illustrated in this book. 5:1 “Be imitators of God”, 5:15 “Be very careful then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…” 4:15 “…speaking the truth in love, we will in all thngs grow up into Him, who is the Head, that is Christ.”

    But most of all, a new verse that just took my breath away, 3:17 “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” wow…HIS love surpasses any human understanding…how awesome…

  8. Angie Hamstra on

    I love how much you can feel the love that Paul has for these churches and how he always makes sure to tell them that he remembers to thank God for them in his prayers. So, that being said – I thank God for all of you on this blog and remember you in my prayers :)

    Always love the part about grasping that He can do immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine. What a hope we have!

    “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it might benefit those who listen.” WHOA! Can you imagine what our churches would be like if we saw this verse in action in each of us?!?!

    5:3 “there must not be even a hint……” seriously God? not even a hint?? (she says and she stomps away to pout ;)

    AND my verses of verses which to me solves all of the silly man vs woman debates and all of the arguments between people – 5:21 “submit to ONE ANOTHER out of reverence for Christ.” Enough said.

  9. Patricia on

    Amen Angie. By the way I literally just wrote the blog for tomorrow (busy morning tomorrow) and wrote how the opening is how I feel about my fellow sisters on the Blog. Peek ahead to tomorrow’s opening. It will make your heart beat for sure. (Great minds think alike I guess…me you and paul) JKG!!!

  10. Angie Hamstra on

    Ha! We’re so on the same wave length even our sons look alike :) Hope he had a great birthday! Wish he and Jackson could play sometime ;)


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