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Biblical Submission #2

Today, we discuss the importance of Biblical Submission. As followers of Christ, our ultimate example of submission is Jesus himself, as stated in Matthew 20:26-28 and 1 Peter 2:21. Jesus submitted to the will of his Father, served others, and suffered unjustly without retaliation. Let us follow his example and submit ourselves to His Word and Authority.

First, we must submit ourselves continuously to God's sole control. We do this by living with His Word as our ONLY hope, standard, and ultimate authority. Psalm 19:7-11, 119:49, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, and 2 Peter 1:3-4 all emphasize the importance of God's word in our lives. We must also be empowered, strengthened, and led by the Holy Spirit, as stated in John 14:26, Romans 8:2-4, 14, and 1 John 4:4.

Second, as believers, we must submit to each other with a non-contentious Spirit, as advised in Proverbs 10:12, 28:25, Ephesians 4:31, and Philippians 2:14. This means that we must keep the peace and unity in the church and put others ahead of ourselves.

Third, we must submit to our Spouses. Husbands must submit as loving servants to their Wives, according to Ephesians 5:21, 25-27. On the other hand, Wives must submit to their Husbands, as instructed in Ephesians 5:21-24 and 1 Peter 3:1-6. "Mutual Submission" (one does not rule over another) in a marriage is critical to a healthy and fruitful relationship.

Fourth, we must submit to our parents while they are responsible for our training and discipline, as outlined in Ephesians 6:1-2. This means obeying them respectfully and honoring them as God commands.

Fifth, we must submit to God's plan for our children's upbringing. As parents, we mustn't provoke our children to anger but instead bring them up in the instruction and discipline of the Lord, as mentioned in Ephesians 6:4.

Sixth, we must submit to our employers by rendering service to them with goodwill, as instructed in Ephesians 6:5-7 and 1 Peter 2:18. This means doing everything assigned to us with respect and excellence.

Seventh, those in authority positions must also submit to their employees and refrain from threatening them, as advised in Ephesians 6:5-9, emphasizing verse 9.

Last, we must submit to appointed church and civil government authority. Hebrews 13:17 and 1 Peter 5:5a focus on submitting to authority in the church, while Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:13-17 emphasize submitting to authority in civil government.

In conclusion, Biblical Submission is essential for everyone, including followers of Christ. As we follow the example that He set, we must submit ourselves to God first and foremost, then to others and authority figures in the various areas of our lives. Let us aim for humility in all things and strive to be the best we can be, all for the glory of God.

God bless you all. Amen.

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