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Mutual Submission in Ephesians 5:21? by Denny Burk

October 6, 2009

In Ephesians 5:22-25, Paul directs wives to “submit” to their husbands, and husbands to love their wives as Christ loves the church. Traditionally, this text has been understood to teach that husbands should be the leaders of their families. A newer interpretation, however, says that the command in verse 21 shows the older view to be wrong-headed. For in verse 21, Paul says, “submit to one another in the fear of Christ.” According to this view, the “one another” clearly makes submission a mutual obligation for husbands and wives. In other words, Paul is calling for mutual submission. Husbands submit to their wives, and wives submit to their husbands. This pattern of mutual submission means that husbands are not in fact called to be the leaders of their family.

So which interpretation is right?

Read Dr. Burk’s Post Here

4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2009 8:08 pm

    Sounds interesting, especially with a lack of any dispensationalism. Many have claimed that dispensationalism, as an intellectual movement, is dead. This conference may be a sign that they are correct.

    I have heard these arguments for premillennialism before, but I never can get any details. Wish I could have been present to ask questions:

    “Premillennialism seems to honor the plainest meaning of Revelation 20…”
    Not so. Premillennialism teaches that Christ will return to earth to set up His kingdom in earthly Jerusalem. I can find nothing in Revelation 20 that teaches this, plainly or otherwise.

    “… and the seemingly literal meaning of many Old Testament promises.”
    The New Testament fulfillment is the literal fulfillment.

  2. October 7, 2009 8:09 pm

    “Premillennialism seems to honor the plainest meaning of Revelation 20…”
    Not so. Premillennialism teaches that Christ will return to earth to set up His kingdom in earthly Jerusalem prior to the millennium. I can find nothing in Revelation 20 that teaches this, plainly or otherwise.

  3. RAP permalink*
    October 7, 2009 8:11 pm

    I suggest you watch the debate between Dr. Hamilton, Dr. Wilson, and Dr. Storms… It is on this blog page… and it is very good.

    RAP

  4. October 8, 2009 1:36 am

    Oops. Missed it. I’ll check it out,

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