21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
submitting (v.21) — The simple verb tasso was used in classical Greek in a military meaning, “to draw up in order of battle, to form, array, marshal” both troops or ships. It speaks of soldiers marshaled in military order under a commanding officer. Thus, it speaks of the subjection of one individual under or to another. The prefixed preposition hupo means “under.” Hupotasso in classical Greek meant, “to subject, make subject.” In New Testament Greek, it means, “to arrange under, to subordinate, put in subjection,” in the middle voice as it is here, “to subject one’s self to, to obey.”
Subjecting one’s self to another is the opposite of self assertion, the opposite of an independent, autocratic spirit. It is the desire to get along with one another, being satisfied with less than one’s due, a sweet reasonableness of attitude. — Wuest, page 129
God (v.21) — should be “Christ”
your own (v.22) = one’s own private, peculiar, unique possession
as (v.22) = even as, in the same manner as — In the marriage union the husband holds the same relation, namely, that of headship, as Christ holds to the Church, and the headship of the one represents the headship of the other.
And He is the Savior of the body (v.23) — It is best taken as an independent clause, stating in a definite and emphatic way an important point in which Christ, who resembles the husband in respect to headship, at the same time differs from the husband. The husband is head of the wife, and in that he is like Christ; but Christ is also that which the husband is not, namely, Savior of that whereof He is Head. — Wuest, page 130.
therefore (v.24) = should be “but” or “nevertheless”
The 24th verse looks to the peculiarity mentioned as belonging to to Christ’s headship in distinction from the husband’s namely, the fact that He is not only the head, but Savior. And the idea becomes this — Christ indeed is Savior of the body, and that the husband is not; nevertheless the question of obedience is not affected thereby; for all that, as the Church is subject to Christ so too are wives to be subject to their husbands. — Wuest, page 131.
is subject (v.24) = to subject one’s self, to obey
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