The Analogy of the Body
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:22-24
Wives and Husbands
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 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. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. (ESV)
The biblical view of marriage, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones is not a sacrament, or simply a legal union. The biblical view is a covenant union between a man and woman that reflects the relationship between Christ and the Church. Because marriage is a picture of this relationship, Christians are not to marry non-believers who do not know Christ. Dr. Lloyd-Jones goes on to argue that Ephesians 5:22-24 teaches that husbands are to care for their wives in the same way that Christ cares for his Church, and that the wife is to submit to the husband as the Church submits to Christ. This submission is to be seen in the broader context of a loving relationship where both seek the good of the other. This does not make the wife inferior or less than the husband as some claim. Nor does this mean that the wife has to do everything that the husband commands without exception. For the wife is to serve God and Christ before any other. All believers are ultimately under the authority of Jesus Christ.