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Published Date: January 4, 2009

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Submission

Is the example of Jesus’ earthly submission to the Father a model of a wife’s submission to her husband?

Luke 22
42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

John 14
31 “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”

Some people say a wife’s submission to her husband is to be compared to Christ’s earthly submission to the Father. But no such comparison is made in the Bible. In Ephesians Paul compares a husband’s love for his wife to the way Christ loved the church.  If Paul had meant to compare a wife’s submission to Christ’s submission he could have done it at this point, yet he didn’t.

I have two questions.

The first is, if Scripture doesn’t make the comparison, should we be making it? 

The second is, what is the difference between Christ’s submission and a wife’s submission?