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 THE INSTITUTION CALLED MARRIAGE  –  V

(The Ideal – Christian Wife )

The first duty of a wife we mentioned in the previous article is SUBMISSION.Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands as unto the Lord;……. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.”  We have the same truth delineated also in Ephesians 5:22 which reads,  “Wives, be in subjection to your own husbands, as unto the Lord.”  Having said this, it is necessary here to state the nature of the authority to which to be yielded. No man has a right to enjoin, and no woman is bound to obey, any command which is in opposition to the letter or the spirit of the Bible. It is such an authority as is consonant with sound reason; its injunctions must all be reasonable.

2.MODERATION – WITH REGARD TO STYLES:  In 1st Peter 3:3 we read, “… Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of plating of the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel….”       “Whose adornment.”     Physical beauty was esteemed as highly in Bible times as it is now.     It is not wrong for women to want to look attractive. It is wrong, however, for one to regard physical beauty as the most important thing in life.    The Scripture verse before us does not contain a positive prohibition of all ornamental dress.   But it a  statement that these ornaments were not for a moment to be compared to ornaments of a higher kind.    It means they pay more attention to the adorning of their minds and hearts with Christian graces and virtues, than of their bodies with jewels and splendid apparel. The warning here  was against an improper emphasis on the outward adorning.     The idea is that the wife’s clothing on the outside of the body should be an expression of what is in the heart.    The Bible exhorts  the Christian wife  not to depend upon outward adornment to win her husband to the Lord.      Her adornment must come from within, from a heart permeated with the beauty and fragrance of Christ.

It is the presence of the Lord Jesus in the life of the wife that will attract the disobedient husband and not the adornment she puts on.     Three kinds of such adorning were specifically mentioned.

Plaiting the hair. A woman’s hair is part of her feminine glory. In 1st Corinthians 11:15 we read, “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given for a covering.”      However, she should not feel as though her hair is the essence of her glory.    Beautiful hair is no assurance that the woman has noble character.  At the same time the Bible does not say that the shabbier a wife looks, the more spiritual she will be.  Obviously women should make themselves as attractive as Possible.  God wants godly women to develop inner cosmetics of the soul.

Wearing of gold. Ornaments of gold were worn round the hair as nets and round the finger, arm, or ankle.    There is  no condemnation of wearing jewelry.     The point is a matter of emphasis. Do not place the emphasis on outer beauty but on inner beauty.    Jewelry is nothing compared to inner beauty.  Sometimes, husbands also lavished jewelry on their wives.   Obviously there is no absolute prohibition against wearing jewelry.

Putting on of apparel: This refers to expensive and elaborate clothing .  It is certainly appropriate for women—and for men as well—to be well-groomed and tastefully clothed. To be dressed in conspicuous clothing, however, is often an attempt to gain attention.     If we say that is wrong to braid hair or wear jewelry then we have to say that it is wrong to wear clothes!! This is not the point.  The point of this verse is a woman can have lovely hair, beautiful jewelry and stunning clothes.    But if her heart is full of bitterness, criticism and selfishness she is ugly on the inside.   What the word of God  is forbidding is the donning of apparel for the purpose of making ourselves pleasing in the eyes of the unsaved so that we may win them to ourselves.

A woman may be beautifully dressed, neatly groomed and yet destroy everything by a bad attitude.    Mutual exclusive attention to outer beauty does not make truly beautiful woman.     Women totally occupied with outer beauty miss the point. Some women want everyone  around them to be occupied with their outer beauty.    However, physical beauty is not everything. A man wants beauty on the inside.    Physical beauty will only last for a certain period of time. Eventually it will wear off.

The  skin will start to wrinkle, and the body gradually will grow old.   Even though we grow old physically, we can become more beautiful throughout our life-time. Inner beauty will never age.     Beauty is in the personality. “But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7

to be continued………………………..

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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