God places the Lion’s share of the stability of the marriage on the husband. Christian men all want a Proverbs 31 woman, but are they providing her a Proverbs 31 husband for her to trust in?
Ephesians 5:23 – 24, 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
The word Savior is only capitalized in the NKJV, but in the original KJV is was not. This is an interesting point in that the Greek word “SOTER” which is used 24 times in the KJV bible is capitalized everywhere but in Ephesians 5:23. The word “he” in verse 23 is also not capitalized in KJV which coupled together is stronger indication that the husband does not have salvation authority over his wife in some type of priestly fashion as some people have believed. This is congruent to the Spirit of the New Testament which point to Jesus as the only Savior of our soles and not any man. This verse cannot stand out above the New Testament and give the husband some kind of supernatural salvation power over his wife. In Galatians 3:8 Paul tells us we are neither male nor female, which takes away any gender superiority, but in 1 Peter 2:9 we are told that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood. This should be proof that a man is not the spiritual savior of the wife, but there is a responsibility that does rest on the husband.
The word savior in the dictionary is one who rescues, preserves, or provides safeguarding. Christ has done this for the church in that He not only paid for our salvation He is the protector of His church. Likewise in the natural, which is the only headship a husband has, he is responsible for the safety and preservation of the wife and his family. He has been given this authority by God, but the word is very clear in Luke 12:48 that to whom much is given, much is required. Verse 23 should be read as a charge to the husband to step up to the plate and be the protector and provider for his wife in physical matters. He is called to grow up and be the responsible one over natural matters not the priest over the wife.
I added verse 24 with this devotional because it is a recap of verse 22. You must always look at verses in the bible in context of how they are written. It is clear that the context of these verses for the wife to “choose” to submit to her husband regarding physical matters and not as her spiritual head. She must do what is right before the Lord regarding spiritual matters; likewise the husband has a huge responsibility to do what is right before the Lord as the physical head of his wife and family. Remembering that according to the word of God “the two shall become one”, In 1 Corinthians 12:14-23 Paul uses the analogy of the human body as to how the body of Christ, the church, is to function in unity. This same analogy works for the marriage. When a person develops Alzheimer’s, they not only lose their memory, but their brain “the head” causes havoc for the rest of the body. When the husband does not line himself up with the word of God in all of his actions and thoughts, he causes problems for his wife and family.
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