The Weekly Pulpit
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord.…
I. As the Head, CHRIST IS THE LIFE of the Church. Head and heart are essential to life of body — latter, blood centre; former, nerve centre. The mere animal life is connected with the heart; but all belonging to higher life depends on head. Paralyze the brain, and all the characteristic features of the life of man fail. Illustrate by the old manner of execution, severing head from body. To keep the head is to keep life; to lose the head is to lose life.
1. This is true of each individual member of the Church. No life as a mere member; no life save as he comes into relation to the head.
2. It is true of the united life of the Church. The harmony that is in the body is only secured through the common share in the life of the Head.
II. As the Head, CHRIST IS THE GUIDE of the Church.
III. As the Head, CHRIST BEARS THE RULE in His Church. He alone has the right to make laws for us; and He alone has the right, the power, to preside over their execution.
(The Weekly Pulpit.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.