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Obedience Protection Love

Young people are to obey their elder as 1 Peter 5.5 says, "In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility towards one another, because, 'God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.'" Hebrews 13.17 adds, "Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you." These passages both suggest that the household of God was not a democratic institution but a patriarchal family consisting of people who are familially related to, dependent on, obedient to and loyal to the headship of Jesus Christ and thus also to his subordinate officers, the elders.✞

Household Connections

The fact that individuals may be saved in distinction from their household does not obviate the reality of their household connections. 1 Peter 3.1-2 urges, "Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives." This entertains the possibility of the household connectedness working in reverse of the usual pattern, suggesting that unbelieving heads of households might be won by the godly behavior of their believing wives.✞

Head Slave Relationship

Discuss the relationship between the household head and a slave, the wife and visiting friends in a New Testament Household of Faith with regards to loyalty, obedience, protection, love and equality. Are there any modern day equivalents to this patriarchal leadership model?✞

"Christ Lord Houses"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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