Commentary on a Wife Submitting to her own Husband

“The idea of subordination to authority in general, as well as in the family, is out of favor in a world which prizes permissiveness and freedom. Christians are often affected by these attitudes. Subordination smacks of exploitation and oppression that are deeply resented. But authority is not synonymous with tyranny, and the submission to which the apostle refers [Ephesians 5:22-24] does not imply inferiority. Wives and husbands (as well as children and parents, servants and masters) have different God-appointed roles, but all have equal dignity because they have been made in the divine image and in Christ have put on the new person who is created to be like God (4:24).”

Peter T. O’Brien, The Letter to the Ephesians, (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999), 412.

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