Session 10 Preparation Questions - The Relationship of Husbands and Wives
Read Ephesians 5:21-33, Colossians 3:18, 19 and I Peter 3:1-7. Focus upon the
relationship between husbands and wives in light of these passages. Consider
the following questions:
- Is the focus of Ephesians 5:21 33 husbands and wives or Christ and
the church? If you believe the focus is Christ and the church, can we abstract
lessons regarding husbands and wives? If so, why? If not, why not?
- How would you define the meaning of the Greek word translated subordinate
in Ephesians 5? Consider that there are other Greek words which more clearly
indicate submission to an authority figure.
- How would you define the meaning of the Greek word translated head
in Ephesians 5? Keep in mind that there are other Greek words which more clearly
indicate one who rules over another.
- The Greek word translated love is agapao. What is the relevance of the
word we translate agape love to this passage?
- What is the evidence for male spiritual leadership in Ephesians 5? Consider
how this passage relates to Pauls other passages regarding the relationship
between men and women (such as I Timothy 2).
- Is there any significance to the fact that, in this passage, the wife is
not commanded to love the husband? Are there any passages in the New Testament
where the wife is commanded to love her husband?
- If we were to accept the premise that the submission described in Ephesians
5 as voluntary submission, how does this impact your understanding
of the passage? How does such an interpretation integrate with the role relationship
of Christ and the church?
- Is submission mutual in Ephesians 5? If so, then how does this mutual submission
correlate with the mutual relations between Christ and the church?
- In Colossians 3, how would you define the Greek word which is translated
fitting? What impact does your definition have on your interpretation
of the passage?
- What does Paul mean in Colossians 3 by using the phrase in the Lord?
He uses this phrase over 40 times in the New Testament.
- Is Colossians 3 simply a truncated restatement of Pauls injunctions
in Ephesians 5? If so, why? If not, why not?
- The instructions regarding husbands and wives in I Peter 3 is set in a
series of instructions. How would you describe the context of these instructions?
Does this context differ than the context of Ephesians 5? (When answering
this question, consider to whom Peter is addressing this letter.)
- Many of the wives in I Peter 3 probably had probably gone against the wishes
of their husbands by becoming Christians (3:1). How does this influence your
interpretation of I Peter 3?
- Why do you believe that Sarah was selected as an ideal in I Peter 3?
- How would you summarize Peters instructions to wives in I Peter 3?