Why, how, and to what extent, must a wife submit to her husband?

A. Why must a wife submit?

  1. It is fitting and proper in the Lord: Col 3:18
  2. That Word may not be dishonored: Tit 2:5
  3. It pleases God: Col 3:20
  4. Good and long life: Eph 6:3
  5. God will reward: Eph 6:8; Col 3:24
  6. Adorns the gospel: Tit 2:10
  7. Win to Christ: 1 Pe 3:1

B. How must a wife submit?

  1. With genuine respect: Eph 5:33
  2. In the fear of Christ: Eph 5:21
  3. With obedience: Eph 6:5
  4. With fear and trembling: Eph 6:5
  5. from the heart and soul: Col 3:22-23
  6. with a gentle and quiet spirit: 1 Pe 3:4
  7. With goodwill, as to the Lord: Eph 6:7
  8. Submit as though you were submitting to the Lord: Col 3:23
  9. Not eye-service but sincerely from heart: Eph 6:6; Col 3:22
  10. Well-pleasing and not argumentative: Tit 2:9
  11. To be ready to do any good deed: Tit 3:1
  12. With chaste and respectful behavior: 1 Pe 3:2
  13. verbally accepting them as leader, boss, authority etc: 1 Pe 3:6 "Sarah called him lord"
  14. Clothing yourself with humility: 1 Pe 5:5

C. To what extent must the wife submit? "all things"

  1. Wives must submit to their husbands as though he were the Lord: Eph 5:22
  2. Husband is head of the wife as Christ is head of the church: Eph 5:22
  1. As the church is subject to Christ, wives must be subject to their husbands: Eph 5:24
  2. Slaves to masters: Tit 2:9 "in everything"
  3. Children to parents: Col 3:20 "in all things"
  4. Must submit even when mistreated and wronged: 1 Pe 2:18-23
  5. In all things not in violation or conflict to God's laws: Acts 5:29

D. "Husband is 'God on Earth?'" God says, "as to the Lord": Eph 5:22

  1. When husband requires, it is as if Jesus Christ has spoken to you.
  2. No, your husband is not God, you should not worship him, but if he asks you to do something, you should answer him the same way you would answer God if He asked you the same thing.

E. Don't try to dull the edge of submission, twist, explain it away or ignore. Resolve to obey your husband.

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