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Submission in the Gap - Part 2 (14 of 21)
We began this mini-series called "The Gospel Centered Home" last week by saying that Jesus:
1. Defines the Role of the Christian Husband
a. Headship = Leadership
b. Headship = Accountability
2. Serves as a Model of the Christian Husband
a. Jesus Modeled Sacrificial Love
b. Jesus Modeled Sanctifying Love
c. Jesus Modeled Tender Love
We closed last week by saying that most Christian women would gladly submit to a man that is following Jesus' model in perfection - but then we admitted no man is following Jesus model in perfection.
It's like this: One a scale of 1-10, 1 being a brand new Christian and 10 being Jesus - every man in this room is somewhere in the middle.
Some are 1's some are 6's but no man in here is a 10.
And notice in our text - neither husbands or wives is qualified. It doesn't say - Wives who find submission natural and easy, be subject to your godly spirit filled, loving husband.
Ephesians 5:22 (NASB95)
22 Wives, - That means wives who find this really easy and wives who cringe at the very thought of the word.
be subject to your own husbands, - That's for those who have good, Spirit filled husbands and for those who are married to an unspiritual backslidden Baptists.
• Paul echoes this command in Titus 2:5 when he is teaching what Older women are to teach younger women. One of the things he mentions is they should learn to…5 be subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.
• Peter goes even further in 1 Peter 3:1 1 In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,
There is a gap between where your husband is and where Jesus is. Today I want to answer the question, "How do we submit in the gap?"
So how do you obey this biblical mandate ...
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