“The Love Of Christ Jesus”/Wives and Husbands

A Christ Filled Life – Getting to Know Jesus

“Wives and Husbands”, 1Peter 3:1) Likewise ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the Word, they also may without the Word be won by the conversation of the wives; 1Corinthians 7:16.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary (NCBC) – v1, be submissive or be in subjection:  Wives are commanded to place themselves willingly under the guidance and control of their husbands, living in such a way that their husbands will be challenged to live in obedience to God’s Truth.  Without a (or the) Word:  A godly wife does not preach to her husband with words but with the Christlike beauty of her daily life.  may be won:  The goal of her actions is to see the unbelieving husband become a Christian (1Corinthians 9:19-22)

v2) While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 

(NCBC) chaste conduct or chaste conversation:  The Christian wife is to live without moral defect or blemish.  Fear:  here refers to respect for God. 

v3) Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  Isaiah 3:16-24. 

(NCBC) Do not let your adornment be merely outward:  Christians are to spend more time developing their inner character than attempting to make themselves look beautiful on the outside (1Samuel 16:7). Quest Study Bible – Outward Adorning:  Peter doesn’t ban grooming or beauty aids.  If a woman relies on such things to make her beautiful, she will miss the far greater value of inner beauty. 

v4) But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.  v5) For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 

(NCBC) Incorruptible beauty involves inner qualities that do not decay or fade like makeup, jewelry, and clothes (v3).  gentle and quiet spirit. 

v6) Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord:  whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.  Genesis 18:12.  

(NCBC) calling him lord:  Sarah was not worshiping Abraham; she was showing him respect.  not afraid:  Fear of her husband should not be the driving force that causes a Christian wife to practice the principles of godly marital relations.    

Quest Study Bible – v5-6, These verses have sometimes been abused, as have wives.  Biblical submission should not be separated from Biblical responsibility (v7; Ephesians 5:25; Colossians 3:19).  Abraham, rather than trusting in God, relied on his own schemes, leading to Sarah’s mistreatment (Genesis 12:11-13; 20:10-11; 20:2).A submissive spirit runs counter to society’s values and it always has (Mark 10:42-45).  However it remains God’s standard for all Believers–male and female–for all time (Philippians 2:3-5; Ephesians 5:21).      

v7) Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the Grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

(NCBC) with understanding or knowledge:  A Christian husband should be intimately aware of his wife’s needs, her strengths and weaknesses, and her goals and desires in order to respond in the best way to her.  giving honor:  A Christian husband gives honor to his wife because she deserves honor (v1-6).  weaker vessel:  Primarily physical weakness, since the term vessel/means the human body.  being heirs together:  Only Christians are heirs of the grace of life, Romans 8:17.  

Quest Study Bible – v7, How are prayers hindered?  When the communication between a husband and wife becomes strained, other relationships can be affected, including communication with God.Matthew 5:23-24; 6:14-15.

More to come and God Bless You.

 

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