The woman should not be the sole care-taker of the home regardless of circumstances. For example often the husband and wife both work outside the home. Thus, there should be a sharing of the responsibilities in the home. Women that are house-wives take on the bulk of the household duties. The same should be true of the man who only works in the home. These things are seen where there is love and prayer among the righteous. A praying home is a peaceful home. This peace is also noted with the ordained role of the husband and the ordained role of the wife.
Peace and love,
Carl Patton writing for the FreedomJournal October 25, 2002 in the year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
BIBLICAL ROLE OF WOMEN (HOME, CHURCH, SOCIETY)
PART 4: OBEDIENCE TO GOD CAN CONVERT THE UNBELIEVER
In the name of Jehovah God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.
The Creator God our Father the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob has created all that exists. All that believe are the seed of Abraham. For with Jesus Christ the Savior of humankind all people of earth have the right to the tree of life. We know this by the will of the Holy Spirit and the inspired Word of God.
The light of the righteous will shine in the darkest night. No light of the sun will cloud this light nor does the righteous have to tell anyone of the light. Can the righteous woman convert an unrighteous man? We will find some answers in 1 Peter 3:1-7.
1 Peter 3:1. "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;"
The wives noted in this passage are members of the Faith. However, their husbands are not. Still, wives are expected to be subjected to their husbands despite them being believers. As the wife goes about being a good Christian wife, the husband may be led to obedience and conversion.
An additional note on the historical development of the woman in the church. In the male dominant society the man when he became converted brought his entire family into the church. (For example the conversion of the Philippians jailer, Acts 16:29-33).† However the woman who came into the church came alone. During the early days of the Church at the height of the Roman Empire Roman law gave the husband or father absolute authority over all members of his household.
Therefore if Christian women demanded their rights as free women in Christ certain situations could arise.† For example if women made a so-called Feminist expression she could endanger her marriage if the husband disapproved. Thus the best approach was to be obedient to God and through love and kindness she could probably influence her husband to convert and abide by the laws of God. We note here of course if the husband wanted his wife to do things that conflicted with the laws of God then she was to stay with God and not man or husband.
In 1 Corinthians 7:1-16 Paul gives instructions on Christian Marriage.† We will look at the last verse in this block of scriptures as it applies more directly to our primary verse taken from 1 Peter 3:1.
1 Corinthians 7:16. "For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? Or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?"
We will now continue with the primary scripture taken from 1 Peter 3.
1 Peter 3:2-4. "While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear."
3:3. "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;"
3:4. "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."
In verse 2 the thought noted in verse one is continued. The word chaste means pure, while†† conversation refers to general life or conduct. Fear here is used in the sense of respect. Thus one would not do anything that would harm another. As the husband observes this Godly attitude, he may also become a disciple.
In verse 3 Peter does not specify any certain dress as Paul does in I Timothy 2:9.† However the wife is forbidden to dress in a gaudy fashion and should restrict herself to modest apparel. The thought here is that the beauty of a woman is reflected outward from within and not solely outward.
1 Peter 3:5-7. "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:"
3:6. "Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement."
3:7. "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered."
In the Old Time called Holy the women were in subjection to their own husbands. In verse 6 obeyed and lord are related and used in this passage to mean ruler. It is not used as a title of rank. . The phrase, ďand not afraid with any amazement," means that the wife must not obey her husband because she is sacred or frightened. Nevertheless, she should obey out of modesty and respect. These women are called daughters of Sara. Sarah in the Old Testament was the wife of Abraham the Patriarch.
In the verse 7 the phrase, "dwell with them according to knowledge," means for the husband to act intelligently toward his wife. This will cause him to remember that she is the weaker vessel. The woman belongs to the weaker sex physically. Yet while there is a difference in strength, yet they are equal in the heirs to the grace of life. Prayer in the home is noted by the phrase prayers be not hindered. When husbands and wives are both disciples they will engage in mutual prayer service in their homes. These services are mostly seen where there is mutual love for one another.
A man is supposed to respect and be supportive of his wife. If a woman works full time outside the home, she should not be expected to work full time in the home. There should be a sharing of house hold duties. As a woman should not despise house cleaning, the same is true of the man.
A note on Submission: Submission is voluntarily cooperating with anyone out of love and respect for God first, then secondly, love and respect for that person. Submitting to nonbelievers is difficult, but is a vital part of leading them to Jesus Christ. We are not called to submit to nonbelievers to the point that we compromise our relationship with God but we must look for every opportunity to humbly serve in the power of God's Spirit.
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