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The Marriage Union.

The Marriage Union.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. v. 21 — 33. Submitting yourselves one to another in the
fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your oivn hus-
bands, as imto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the
ivife, even as Christ is the head of the Church : and he is the
saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto
Christ, so let the wives be to their oivn husbands in every
thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved
the Church, and gave himself for it ; that he might sanctify
and cleanse it ivith the washing of ivater by the word, that he
might preseyit it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot,
or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy and
without blemish. So ought men to love their ivives as their
oion bodies.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. v. 21 — 33. Submitting yourselves one to another in the
fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your oivn hus-
bands, as imto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the
ivife, even as Christ is the head of the Church : and he is the
saviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto
Christ, so let the wives be to their oivn husbands in every
thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved
the Church, and gave himself for it ; that he might sanctify
and cleanse it ivith the washing of ivater by the word, that he
might preseyit it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot,
or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy and
without blemish. So ought men to love their ivives as their
oion bodies.

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THE MARRIAGE UIO.BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M. A.Eph. v. 21 — 33. Submitting yourselves one to another in thefear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your oivn hus-bands, as imto the Lord. For the husband is the head of theivife, even as Christ is the head of the Church : and he is thesaviour of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject untoChrist, so let the wives be to their oivn husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also lovedthe Church, and gave himself for it ; that he might sanctifyand cleanse it ivith the washing of ivater by the word, that hemight preseyit it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot,or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy andwithout blemish. So ought men to love their ivives as theiroion bodies. He that loveth his ivife loveth himself. For no4-00 EPHESIAS, V. 21—33. [2121.man ever yet hated his own flesh; hut nourisheth and cherish-eth it, even as the Lord the Church : for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bo?ies. For this cause shalla man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined untohis wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a greatmystery : but I speak concerning Christ a?id the Church.evertheless let every one of you in particular so love his loifeeven as himself ; and the wife see that she reverence herhusband.AMOGST those who are attached to the pecu-liarities of the Gospel, it is often a subject of regret,that the great mass of nominal Christians are not ac-quainted with its principles. But I am inclined tothink, that there is nearly the same occasion forregret, that many who profess, and actually have
 
attained, somewhat of vital godliness, are but veryimperfectly instructed in its duties. The sublimerparts of morality are really almost as little known asthe deeper mysteries of our holy religion. Take, forinstance, the conduct enjoined in the fourteenth chap-ter of the Epistle to the Romans : I doubt whetherthere be many who would have written such a pieceof casuistry : and few, I fear, would have approvedof it when written, if it had not come forth with theauthority of a divine revelation. What a paradoxwould it appear to the generality, if I were to tellthem, that the very same act, under different circum-stances, might be an acceptable service and a damn-ing sin ; and the whole difference consisting in itsbeing done in the presence of one who approved of it, or of one who doubted its lawfulness ! Yet suchis the Apostle's determination respecting the practiceof things indifferent in themselves; and which becomebounden duties, or fatal sins, according to the viewswhich they have who do them. 1 could, if therewere time, illustrate the sublimity of the Christiancode, in reference to all our most acknowledged du-ties : but I shall confine myself to the subject moreappropriate to the present occasion \ St. Paul, inthis passage, places the duties of man and wife in a* An extemporaneous Address at the Marriage of a Friend.2121.] THE MARRIAGE UIO. 4i01light peculiarly simple and beautiful. He compre-hends both under one single term : " Wives, submit :Husbands, love:' Thus far we are prepared to ap-prove of his requisitions ; the duties respectivelybelonging to the two parties being generally acknow-ledged. But, if I should proceed to place theserequisitions in their true light, and insist upon themin their full extent, I am not sure that I should not
 
excite, amongst the less-instructed part of us at least,a measure of surprise. Yet I am not afraid, but that,if in the former part of my observations I should ap-pear to bear somewhat hard upon the female sex, Ishall, before I close the subject, find a perfect acqui-escence on their part, when they shall see what pro-vision God has made for their happiness in weddedlife. But I shall be careful to speak nothing myself:I shall only bring before you what the Apostle hasspoken : and if his demands appear to be too severe,I shall shelter myself under his wing ; being well as-sured that you will all yield to his authority, withoutgainsaying.You must have observed, that in all the passagesof Scripture where the relative duties are insisted on,those of the inferior are always stated first. or isthis without reason : for they are all enjoined byGod : and, however difficult they may appear, espe-cially where the superior neglects to perform theduties assigned to him, they must all be observedfrom a regard to the authority of that God who hasimposed them ; nor must any one imagine, that hisduties are a whit the less incumbent on him becausethe superior neglects his. Power, in whomsoever itis vested, is God's : and the person bearing it, so faras it is truly committed to him, is God's representativeand vicegerent. And I conceive, that this is the reasonof that order, which, from being uniformly observedin the Scriptures, we may well suppose to have beenwittingly and wisely fixed.The submission of the wife to her husband mustbe entire, cheerful, uniform, " as unto the Lord,"because the husband is as truly the head of the wife,VOL. XVII. D D

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