The Fulness of Christ in Your Marriage
Topic: Marriage Passage: Colossians 3:18–3:19, Ephesians 5:22–5:25
How can husbands and wives relate biblically to one another? Each one needs to be full of the fulness of Christ. Apart from Him, we can’t do it. Pastor Mike Knight examines God’s standard for the home in Colossians 3:18-19.
1. The wife is submissive to her husband.
• What does it mean to submit?
- To obey, arrange under, subordinate.
- To arrange yourself in rank under God’s appointed authority. (Luke 2:51; Romans 13; Ephesians 5.22; Titus 2:9; 1 Peter 3:1-3)
• Submission to your husband starts with your submission to God.
• Submission is not just in action but in attitude and must come from the heart.
• Submission is tested when you disagree.
• What if submission is not practiced?
- The wife cannot prosper. (Proverbs 28:13)
- The testimony of Christ is hindered. (Titus 2:5)
- The picture of the Church’s relationship to Christ is marred. (Ephesians 5:22-24)
2. The husband is to love his wife.
• What does love mean?
- It is unselfish love.
- It is unconditional love.
- It is sacrificial love.
- It is giving love.
- It is volitional love.
• How is love demonstrated?
- You love first. - Christ loved you first.
- You love more. - Christ loves you more.
- You love to death. - Christ died for you.
- You love in deed. – Christ proved His love.
- You love in spite of faults. – Christ loves you in spite of your faults.
- You love unconditionally. – Christ loves regardless of what you do or don’t do.