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What Godly Submission Means

There's a word in scripture that many do not like to hear, or even live out in their daily walk with Jesus: the word is Submit. I'm currently studying this word for Sunday's Sermon, and one of the best definitions I've found is this: "To accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person." Consider that for a minute: when the Bible says to submit (for example, Ephesians 5:21, "submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ"), it is saying that those we submit to we should consider as our superior, Jesus, and one another. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul goes in to this concept in greater detail than he does in Ephesians: So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:1-7, more of this later!) In submitting to Christ, we are to consider one another's wants, wishes an desires as superior to our own, seeking to have the same mentality of Christ who put on flesh and took the form of a servant (the word in Greek is literally slave). Though He is equal with God, He put on human flesh, and served; the only time He appeared to get angry or pronounce woes was not against Rome or the Herodian governments of Judea, but against the religious rulers who placed themselves on Moses Seat, taught Moses' laws, but never followed what they taught. He flipped tables over at the temple courts when the people were being extorted of their offerings and sacrifices to the Lord by the priests. Otherwise, He served, even though few showed gratitude, and He died as the ransom for sin, and the payment of penalty, cancelling sin and death. This is submission, to God and to one another for the sake of eternity. Let us then, be like Jesus who is at the right hand of the Father in Glory forever, Amen. "And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:8-11)

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