Men and Women

—Ephesians 5:15–6:9 (pt9)

 
 
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(link to my own translation from the Greek text)

Ephesians 5:22–24

  1. Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
  2. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
  3. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. (ESV)
  1. Christ is perfect, but husbands are not!
    • In fact, sometimes it is unfair, oppressive or even abusive
  2. Women are not in any way inferior, so what is the reason? (We are inferior to Christ!)
    • Sometimes women make better decisions
    • Often they are more responsible
    • so how does this make sense?
    • If we say that the reason was the social context of the time, we have a problem with the reason that Paul gives—the parallel with Christ and the church.
  3. What about single people
    • Is this passage in any way relevant to single women or men?
  4. 5:31–33 One flesh with Christ?
    • See that later: Paul seems to be saying that we, the church, become one flesh with Christ

What do you think?

First point: The word submit is maybe not the best translation

First thing: The passage is about being filled by the Spirit

Ephesians 5:15–6:9

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Curious things

  1. The passage is about being filled by the Spirit
  2. Wives are only told indirectly to submit...

Eph 5:21–24

  1. submitting to one another out of allegiance to Christ.
     
  2. Wives … to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
  3.   For the husband is the head of the wife
      even as Christ is the head of the church,
        he is saviour of the body
  4.   But as the church submits to Christ,
    so also should wives … to their husbands in everything.

Curious things

  1. The passage is about being filled by the Spirit
  2. Wives are only told indirectly to submit (via a referenc to Christ)
  3. The New Adam and Eve

Ephesians 5:21–33

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Picture of looking forward and not looking back (volunteers)

Quote from Miletic p.118

Quote from Miletic cont’d

Single People