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Mar 1995 - Editorial

Subjection is helpfully highlighted this month, a subject which, we suggest, is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Joseph's subjection to the will of his father Jacob, the theme of our main serial article, beautifully typifies the subjection of the eternal Son to His Father. That is where this truth finds its origin, and at once we recognize its preciousness, since our Lord and Master, ever co-equal with His Father, nevertheless took a subject place.

In our centrespread our beloved fellow-editor focuses on the sanctity and permanence of the marriage bond, a timely reminder when marital unfaithfulness is increasing so alarmingly. At the portals of marriage stand two basic precepts, like the two massive pillars that stood at the entrance of Solomon's temple, and we ignore them at our own peril. They are found in Colossians 3:18,19 (and again in Ephesians 5:22,25), where agape love is enjoined upon Christian husbands and subjection upon their wives. And we might add that where the husband does his part it becomes comparatively easy for the wife to do hers. This is God's prescription for happy married life and it has never been known to fail.

The fellowship of His sufferings, the subject of our other serial article is one about which the apostle Peter has much to say in his first epistle. In that day Christian servants often suffered at the hands of harsh masters, and once again subjection is presented as the Christ-like answer to the problem (1 Pet. 2:18). A careful study of the New Testament passages on this subject reveal how wide ranging it is, touching every area of our lives. The apostle Paul reminds us it is one of the evidences of the continual filling of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, 'subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ' (Eph. 5:21).