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Risen With Christ

A Resurrection Woman

Col 3.18

[Once again we are reminded of these glorious words in,] 

[Colossians 3:1 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, . . . ]

[Our Lord Jesus Christ physically resurrected from the grave and is alive today, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.  As surely as He is resurrected, when we receive Him as our Lord and Savior, then we are resurrected with Him.  We ought to live resurrected lives.  We ought to walk and talk as the citizens of heaven that we are.  Our homes ought to be resurrection homes, our men and husbands ought to be resurrection men.  What glorious homes and families we would have if we all lived the resurrection life in our homes.]

[Last week we focused on being resurrection men and the characteristics of resurrection saints.  Today we will focus on being a resurrection woman and wife.  What does a resurrection woman look like?  How is she described in the Bible? ]

A Resurrection Woman,  

A.     Is Submissive (vs 18; Eph 5.22-23) [- Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, . . . -  Without any doubt a student of the Word of God will find that God has placed an order in the home.  This established order began in the Garden of Eden, existed when our Lord Jesus Christ walked upon this earth, was written into the New Testament, and continues even today.  The Bible states,] 

[Ephesians 5:22-23 22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.]

[The order placed within the home was ordained by God and is undergirded by God.  Men did not establish this order, But God did.  So to resist the order that has been put in place will result in frustration, confusion, and division.] 

[So, lets remind ourselves of what this divinely ordained order is so that we can willingly and purposefully develop a resurrection marriage and home.] 

1.      Submission is Subordination (vs 18) [ Wives, submit . . .  - The word submission comes from a Greek compound word.] 

[Submit - ὑποτάσσεσθε (Gk) - from hupó (5259), and tássō (5021), to place in order. To place under in an orderly fashion. (I) Act., to subjugate, place in submission. . . . (II) Mid. hupotássomai, to subject oneself, place oneself in submission. (A) In the relation of a wife to her husband: (1) Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18; 1 Pet. 3:1, 5; Titus 2:5. In these verses the duty of the wife to submit herself to her own husband is clearly enunciated (Gal. 3:28; 1 Pet. 3:7). Although there is an ontological spiritual equality between men and women, there remain physical, positional and functional differences. There are designated functions for a husband and a wife which man cannot change because God has ordained them. Any endeavor to effect change will bring frustration, vanity, and emptiness (mataiótēs [3153] in Rom. 8:20).[1]] 

[If one is being submissive then they are willingly placing themselves under the authority of another.  This word has a military sense to it and refers us to the idea of a soldier placing himself under the authority of his superiors.  Everything in life demonstrates order.  Our natural bodies function in an orderly fashion, as it was fashioned.] 

[Adrian Rogers once said, “Anything with two heads is a freak, anything with no head is dead.”  Order is a part of life, it is a part of our Lord kingdom, it is a part of our world and it must be a part of our homes.] 

[Submission is not Inferiority – To submit to an authority does not mean that the individual is inferior to their authority.  A wise authority will realize this and will value those under their authority.  Men, we must understand that many woman struggle to be submissive because their husband make them feel inferior to them.  A wise husband can help his wife to be submissive by valuing her as his wife and the queen of the home.  A wife is meant to complete her husband.  She is a man’s partner in life.  A resurrection man will have a resurrection wife, that is a joy, if he will affectionately lead her as the queen of his home.] 

[Submission is not a Devaluation – To submit to ones authority does not mean you are of less value than your authority.  Men and women are of equal value in our Lord’s kingdom.  But order is a part of absolutely everything in life.  There is order in heaven (Trinity), there is order in nature, there will be order in eternity to come. ] 

[What is stronger a two pound hammer or a tea cup?  Which is of more value?  They both have their place and purpose.  Men and women are not the same, we were created differently.  We have different positions and purposes in God’s creation.  We were created to be joined together and to serve our Lord in His kingdom work together.  We were created to recognize our Lord’s order for our homes and will find our greatest joy and contentment when we submit to God’s plan.] 

2.      Submission is Consecration (vs 18) [ Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. – Submission is yielding to God’s plan and purpose for you and your home.  Consecration is not consecration unless it is a decisive act of the will.  In other words, wives you must decide that you will hear and yield to God and submit to your husband because God asks you to submit to your husband. ]

[Submission is not natural – Our American, western culture is anything but given to submission.  Our natural human desires want to be liberated, individual, and absolutely free.  It takes a purposeful, and continuous act of the will and mind to be submissive to anything.  But your God, the Lord of all creation, the Savior who loved you enough to save you from your sins, and loves so much that He wants you to experience an abounding life has asked you to willingly submit to Him by submitting to His plan for your home and family.  You will not know a resurrection family and home until you yield to the resurrected Savior’s plan for your family.] 

[Rebellious at heart -  We are all rebellious at heart.  It takes discipline, dedication, and determination to be and live the Christian life.  It is as much a challenge for a man to yield himself to God as it is for a woman to yield herself to her husband.  Ladies God knows how hard it is to submit to these men or to anything.  God revealed the worldly, natural bent of a corrupt sinful heart in the Garden of Eden.] 

[Genesis 3:16 16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.]

[God knows that we all want to be our own authority in life, and in a great way, we are, especially in our culture.  But God asks us all to resist our strong self will and to submit appropriately to the authorities God has place in our life.  Children, don’t be surprised by your hearts desire to be your own authority and command your own decisions.  Those desires are natural for corrupt human beings.  But God asks you as a born again Christian to submit to your parents.  Wives God asks you to submit to your husbands.  Men God asks you to submit to Him.  In God’s plan and purpose we will discover the resurrection family.  In every other rebellious family economy there is division, confusion, and disaster.

[No one can force you to submit, you must choose to follow God’s plan.] 

3.      Submission is Evangelism (1 Pet 3.1-5) [– While the Bible is clear, a born again Christian should never marry a lost person.  Young ladies mark it down clear, get it into your hearts and minds, you should never date or be endeared to a lost man, because you should never marry a lost man.  But if a woman finds herself a born again Christian married to an unredeemed man then should she submit to her lost husband?  I believe that Peter wrote these verses to those who married as a lost soul and then received Christ and experienced the new birth.  What should she do about her lost husband?  It is important for woman who finds herself in such a situation to know how to conduct herself.  She must understand that she,] 

a.       [Is not to divorce their husband (cf. 1 Cor 7.12-16) – They ought to live for Christ while being appropriately submissive to their husband, because they might bring him to Christ.] 

b.      [Is to appropriately submit to her husband (1 Pet 3.1-15)] 

[1 Peter 3:1-5 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; 2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4 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. 5 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: ]

c.       [Is to properly appeal to her authority, her husband (Rom 13.1-2)] 

[Romans 13:1-2 1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. ]

[A Christian woman who fails to submit to her husband’s proper place of authority in her home and life will bring contention, confusion, and division into her home and family.  As a matter of fact any rebellion to God’s plan for the family will devastate a home.  If children resist the authority of their parents over them there will be devastating consequences for the home.] 

B.     Is Sacrificial (Prov 31.10-31) [- In Proverbs 31 we read about the Virtuous Woman.  The passage starts with,] 

[Proverbs 31:10 10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.]

[If there is anything we learn about a valuable woman in this passage it is that she is purposefully sacrificial.  It seems in our day that many women think that they will find their greatest value in life by being like men.  But God reveals where a woman will find her greatest value and purpose in life.  This passage reveals what God made a woman to be; sacrificial. If there is anything this passage teaches it teaches that a virtuous woman, a valuable woman, a godly woman is sacrificial.] 

[She is sacrificial in the way she,] 

1.      Honors Her Husband (vs 11) [- The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. – For a husband’s heart to safely trust his wife means that she always honors, respects, and protects her husband.  He trusts her in every regard.] 

2.      Handles Her Home (vs 12-22; Titus 2.4-5) [– She does him good by doing her home good.  She takes care of her home in every way.  In food and clothing.] 

[Titus 2:4-5 4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, 5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. ]

[Notice in Proverbs 31 that this virtuous woman,]

·        [Labors for her home (vs 13)]

·        [Feeds her home (vs 14)]

·        [Rises for her home (vs 15)]

·        [Carry’s on for her home (vs 18)]

·        [Clothes her home (vs 19)]

3.      Hears Her Home (vs 28) [– Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. – A God honoring woman does not need to receive praise from her community because she will receive praise from her home and family.  Her husband and children will praise her.] 

C.     Is Sanctified (vs 18; Prov 31.29-30) [- . . . as it is fit in the Lord. – There is no greater virtue to be named among women or a wife than that a woman is godly and sanctified.  The last thing proclaimed about a virtuous woman in Proverbs is, ] 

[Proverbs 31:29-30 29 Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. 30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. ]

[There are those confused minds in our day that think that worldliness is the greatest characteristic that one can possess.  But even lost worldly people will quickly admit that an unchaste woman is undesirable.  Oh, lost sinful worldly men love to use and abuse worldly women, but in the end there is no faithfulness or glory in such a life.   Our world’s sinfulness removes all faithfulness and trust from life.  It destroys intimacy and replaces it with lust and lust is always short lived.] 

[Even the lost world knows that faithfulness, purity, and trust are the essentials of a lasting and trustworthy relationship.  I find it curious that those who have not been chaste before marriage, wonder why there is no faithfulness and trust in their marriage.  A sanctified godly woman is a woman who is fit in the Lord.  How can you conduct yourself in a way that is fit to God if you are not fit in Christ.]   

[Having a resurrection home means being a resurrection wife.  To be a resurrection wife you must be a resurrection woman.  To be a resurrection woman you must be born again.] 


[1]Zodhiates, S. (2000, c1992, c1993). The complete word study dictionary : New Testament (electronic ed.) (G5293). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

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