Manuscript Releases, vol. 7 [Nos. 419-525]


MR No. 456—The Husband's Position in the Home

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, and He [referring to Christ], is the Saviour of the body,” or church. Christ's rule is one of wisdom and love, and when husbands fulfill their obligations to their wives, they will use their authority with the same tenderness as Christ uses toward the church. When the Spirit of Christ controls the husband, the wife's subjection will only result in rest and benefit, for he will require from her only that which will result in good, and in the same way that Christ requires submission from the church.... 7MR 207.1

Let those who stand as husbands study the words of Christ, not to find out how complete must be the subjection of the wife, but how he may have the mind of Christ, and become purified, refined, and fit to be the lord of his household.—Manuscript 17, 1891, 4, 7. (“Relation of Husbands and Wives,” undated.) 7MR 207.2

The father is to represent the divine lawgiver in the family. He is to be the house-band. He is to be a laborer together with God to carry out His gracious designs. He is to make it the great burden of his life to establish upright principles. By teaching his children habits of obedience, by asserting his authority in the home life, he can educate them to yield obedience to their heavenly Father.—Manuscript 12, 1898, 15. (“A God-given Work,” February 9, 1898.) 7MR 207.3

Released November 10, 1975.