No schisms – A clearer biblical way to explain wives being the weaker vessel… our wives are to be treated as though husband and wife are both parts of the same body together. Though there has been a rhetoric about the equality of women in their role in modern society, for centuries in world history, the wife being compared to the husband always had a sort of dependency on him, being the ‘weaker’ vessel i.e. strengthwise, emotionally, endurance-wise, etc… Biblically, God designed it this way, thus we are further told to treat them with honor. see the ‘Bible puzzle pieces’ below…
1Peter 3: 7 says:
“Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.”
note: prayer is a cry to the Lord understandably for praise and petitions, if they are hindered, the cry may be in vain. Below describes how the body works together, thus if husband and wife are one together, same mind, etc.., there will be no hindrance to prayer..
About the body, here’s a puzzle pair to Peter’s account above from Paul’s 1Corinthians 12. It explains the relationship of the parts of the body to each other.
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Paul, in the same Spirit says in Ephesians 5 (below). Notice how the following issues tie together: Submission of the parts to each other; Love between husband and wife; and Unity of Marriage.
1.) Submission – body parts analogy: husband is to his wife as Christ is to His church, the head
21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
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.
24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
2.) Love – the husband to the wife as Christ giving himself for His church.
25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
3.) Unity mystery – Husband and wife become one like Christ to His church
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Reflection: These passages bear witness to the fact that the Word of God is alive and powerful. The wisdom that we are blessed with is consistent and accurate and is not a loose collection of ideas that float around to be interpreted in various ways. Here, the Body, the Husband and Wife and Christ and the Church are vividly represented in clear and understandable terms by two separate witnesses in one Spirit.