“Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.”
This passage of text depicts the unique roles that the Lord has placed on each member of the family. Bill prefaced this by recapping Genesis 1-3 and explaining the intentional order that God created men and women with. The three points that he made were:
- Men and women are completely equal
- Men and women are distinct and made to complement each other
- Men and women have different core responsibilities and therefore different core sins (Men were designed to lead and since the fall struggle with passivity, while women were designed to partner and come alongside and since the fall instead struggle with a desire for independence)
With this context, we have a better lens to view these verses in Colossians through. These roles are not meant to trap or oppress wives, husbands, or children, but rather exist as a way to celebrate the design of the Lord.
“Eve was not taken out of Adam’s head to top him, neither out of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected by him, and near his heart to be loved by him.”
The books that Bill mentioned as additional resources can be found here: