BEING A SPIRITUAL HEAD

Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
1 CORINTHIANS 11:3

The Body of Christ is known in Scripture as the Bride of Christ. Jesus will return to a spotless Bride because of the sacrifice He made on the cross; but in the meantime, He is interceding for His Bride before the Father. His is a picture of self-sacrifice for the Bride. That is what being the head of a business or a family means—love and sacrifice.
 
God specifically calls the husband to model this kind of relationship toward his wife. He is to be an example of love and sacrifice. He is to intercede and sacrifice for his earthly bride just as Jesus did for His holy Bride. For example, Jesus holds the man responsible for the condition of the spiritual relationship in marriage. He holds him responsible for protecting and nurturing his bride.
 
This is illustrated in the following two examples in Scripture. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, the first person God sought out was Adam, the man. He asked Adam, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9), with the implication that Adam had somehow not protected Eve from the serpent.
 
A second example is found in the story of Ahab and Jezebel. Jezebel was married to Ahab, the king of Israel. They were evil rulers. Jezebel conspired to murder a man named Naboth because he refused to sell his vineyard. God judged this act of murder by sending the prophet Elijah to Ahab. He held Ahab responsible for an act carried out by his wife.
God told Elijah, “Say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’” (1 Kings 21:19).
 
Husbands, you are called to love, honor and protect your wife. You are called to wash her with the Word of God and to be her spiritual head and her protector. You are to lay your life down for her daily. Only then will you model what it really means to be the head.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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