Husband, Wife, Spirit, Soul

September 8, 2016

Husband, Wife, Spirit, Soul

Ephesians 5:21-33

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. 

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— 30for we are members of his body. 31″For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  32This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

There are some correlations between husband and wife, spirit and soul that we need to consider and think about.  One of the first things we have to realize is that we live in a time and society where the rights and privileges of the woman are probably greater than perhaps they have ever been.  In many ways this is good and I am all for women’s equality and rights.  The thing we need to be careful to consider, both men and women, is our God ordained position and authority.  

When we start fashioning our ideas and values of our position in the home, family and work upon the values of our society rather than the Word of God we are going to start missing His highest and best for us.  

God has given us an example of a marriage and the dynamics of it within the temple of our own bodies.  He has given us principles of marriage that we can and should understand whether we are married or not.  For the Christian man or woman it is the marriage of the spirit and the soul and how it corresponds in the spiritual realm to Christ and the church and in the natural realm of husband and wife.  We have within our bodies a spirit that we know to be the abiding place of the Holy Spirit, our God center, so to speak.  It is where we were first united in spirit with God.  We know that the head of the spirit of a person is Christ.  The spirit’s responsibility, if you will, is to be in communion and fellowship with Lord.  The spirit has a two fold responsibility, to be in communion with Christ and then to direct and lead the soul to follow in the ways of the Lord or to walk by the spirit and not after the flesh.  The soul on the other hand is made up of the mind, will and emotions and is joined to the spirit.  The soul is like the woman part of us.  She is so essential and yet can be so volatile.  Just as in real life we look to the woman to kind of bring all of the elements of daily life together and make them work.  This soul of ours, just like the woman, can be very opinionated about what her thoughts and desires are concerning any one particular subject.  This wife, woman, soul has the ability to think, reason, feel and express all that she is.  She also has a choice of how to use these faculties.  She can submit to the spirit, who is to be submitted to the Holy Spirit or she can be a law and a dictate unto herself and do what seems right in her own eyes.  

Now concerning the attributes and demeanor of the husband or the spirit.  What the Lord is to us should be the example of what the husband is to the wife. The husband’s first thoughts and motives should not be for himself, but for his wife.  As her head we wants to fully love her, serve her and nurture her within the confines and direction of the Father’s will and purpose.  Just as the Holy Spirit doesn’t force Himself upon us and bully us into submission, this is not the role of the husband.  Often we totally miss the mind and direction of the Holy Spirit because we are so insistent on doing things our way.  So we just dismiss the Holy Spirit, like women often dismiss their husbands.  We are going to do it our way.  This is why so much of our lives are out of balance on so many planes, because we are out of balance with God’s plan and divine order in our lives.

We could carry this on in many different directions, but the point of the matter is this; for the dynamics of our home life, our society and most importantly our godly relationship to be in harmony and balance we have to have that right balance between soul and spirit.  Just as the man or spirit must lay down his life for the woman, so the woman or soul must relinquish her will to his, so that both might meet as one in the direction and purpose of God.  These are decisions of the heart and of the will.  Our will is ours to keep or to relinquish as we choose, but we know that to realize God’s best and His highest for us, we all must relinquish the will of our souls to His divine will and purpose for us.  Thus we can see how this plays out within our own personal lives, our marriage and our relationship with Christ.  They all work together to accomplish the same end; lives in harmony with the will and purpose of God.  




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