The Order of Creation
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)
What does God's Word say about marriage? Sadly, what it does say is often misunderstood and attacked because it confronts the vague thinking of today. But, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues, Scripture alone presents a balanced view of the roles and responsibilities within marriage. For only in Scripture do we learn that wives are to submit to their husbands in love and respect just as Jesus Christ submits to God. There is no authoritarianism because the husband’s role as leader is one of love and service, not domination and cruelty. Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows how this view of marriage is taught from the beginning of the Bible in Genesis before the fall. Even in the perfect Garden of Eden, we see women created as a helper for man. Even before the fall, man is the head, provider, and protector of the woman in the relationship between husband and wife. Paul expounds on the teaching in Ephesians 5:22-24, and is not saying anything different from the rest of the Bible. So those who reject this teaching of male headship are not only rejecting the teachings of the historic Christian church, but of God’s infallible word. The rejection of the biblical understanding of marriage is at the heart of many of society’s problems. For when men try to live in direct contradiction to God’s plan, there is always suffering and unrest.