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Obedient Family Relationships in Christian Prosperity (3 of 12)
For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the Savior of the body. Ephesians 5:23 We husbands love to read this verse to our wives as often as it takes for it to become engraved in their minds. It seems to establish the husband as the supreme authority of the family. Does the husband really have spiritual authority over his family? Does God really transfer His authority to the husband? No! God has been, is today, and always will be the supreme authority in the family. The spiritual authority of God has never been and never will be transferred to man. Man would not know what to do with it if he had it.
Let me repeat: God has never given His authority to man. In Matthew 28:18 Jesus identified Himself as One who had been given authority in heaven and earth. By this authority He instructed the disciples to disciple all nations, but He did not give over the authority which was given to Him. They were to go under His authority and He would be with them wherever they went. History records that when man assumes the authority of God, he falls into sin. For this reason the husband must be careful to exercise only the authority of God and recognize that he is only the conduit, not the authority.
However, it is God's plan for His authority to reach the family through the husband. The husband can convey only as much of God's authority as he is submissive to, and then only as much as God chooses to convey to him. Obedience is the key. Remember, the husband can only convey as much of the spiritual authority of God as he is obedient to receive. This spiritual authority is part of the provision from God to meet the need of the family to perform the will of God as a unit. This provision comes by the same faith principle as any other provision from God, from the grace of God by faith. The husband must maintain an o ...
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