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In each of the following relationships, the submissive role is discussed first.


A. (:22-24) Wives — Relationship of Submission

1. (:22) Command with Qualification

“Wives, be subject to your own husband, as to the Lord.”

2. (:23-24) Parallel Relationship = the Church being Subject to Christ

a. Parallel concept of Headship

“For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.”

b. Parallel concept of Submission

“But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.”

B. (:25-30) Husbands — Relationship of Consideration

1. (:25a) Command

“Husbands, love your wives”

2. (:25b) First Parallel Relationship = Christ loving His body = the church

“just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her”

3. (:26-27) Objectives

a. Sanctification

“that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word”

b. Presentation

“that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless.”

4. (:28-30) Second Parallel Relationship = Husband caring for his own physical body — Nourishes / Cherishes

“So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body.”

C. (:31-33) Summary

1. (:31-32) Review: Parallel Relationship — Marriage and the Church

a. Marriage — Commitment and Intimacy

“For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh.”

b. Church

“The mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.”

2. (:33) Review: The Commands — Love / Respect

a. Husband — Love

“Nevertheless let each individual among you also love his own wife even as himself”

b. Wife — Respect

“and let the wife see to it that she respect her husband”


A. (:1-3) Children — Relationship of Submission

1. Obedience

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.”

2. Honor

“Honor your father and mother”

3. Promise

“(which is the first commandment with a promise), that it may be well with you, and theat you may live long on the earth.”

B. (:4) Fathers — Relationship of Consideration

1. Negative

“And fathers, do not provoke your children to anger”

2. Positive

“but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord”


A. (:5-8) Servants — Relationship of Submission

1. Command

“Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh”

2. Right Attitudes

a. Healthy Respect

“with fear and trembling”

b. Sincerity

“in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ”

c. As Unto the Lord

“not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”

“with good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men”

Transition to point #3

3. Looking for God’s Compensation

“knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free.”

Same principle whether you work for someone else or are self-employed

B. (:9) Masters — Relationship of Consideration / No Harshness / Fairness

“And, masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.”