An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 8 - Prophetic Truth - Page 42 of 304
Even in the domestic realm, Christ is supreme, the husband is head of
the wife, even as Christ is the Head of the church.  Husbands are not only
expected to love their wives as a matter of course, but to love 'even as
Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it' (Eph. 5:23,25).  If we
feel that such a standard appears to demand too much of human nature, we
remember that Paul said in another context:
'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me' (Phil.
a sentiment echoed in the corresponding prison epistle 2 Timothy, where he
says in spite of the fact that at his first defence no man stood with him,
'Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by
me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might
hear' (2 Tim. 4:17).
In Colossians the apostle sums up all service by saying 'Ye serve the
Lord Christ', but the context of this passage gives colour and force to these
words, so let us read them together.
'Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not
with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing
God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto
men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.  But he that doeth wrong
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect
of persons' (Col. 3:22 -25).
Let us never forget that we belong to a fellowship
'Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision,
Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ Is All, and In All'
(Col. 3:11).