To whom do we owe unqualified submission?
"Submit yourselves therefore to God." James 4:7.
Why are we under obligation to submit to God?
"Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, ...I
have made the earth, and created man upon it... There is no God else
beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me. Look unto
Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is
none else." Isa. 45:11-22.
What constitutes submission to God?
"Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth
itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every
thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Cor. 10:5.
What will be the condition of one who is thus submissive to God?
He will be "filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual
understanding." Col. 1:9.
What is the will of God?
"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification." 1
Thess. 4:3. "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the
flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind; for he that hath
suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live
the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of
God." 1 Peter 4:1, 2.
What is fulfilled in us when we live not in the flesh?
"That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in
us who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom. 8:4.
Then what is the course of one who is submissive to God?
He walks after the Spirit, i.e., brings forth the "fruit of the
Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-24), or in other words, fulfills "the
righteousness of the law," which constitutes the will of God. 1 Peter 4:2.
What should we bring into subjection to God?
"But I keep under my body and bring it into
subjection." 1 Cor. 9:27. "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by
the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy,
acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." Rom. 12:1.
"Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ." 2 Cor. 10:5. "Glorify God in your body, and in your
spirit, which are God's." 1 Cor. 6:20.
Which member of the body requires the greatest exertion, together with the grace
of God, to bring into submission?
"The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison." "If
any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to
bridle the whole body." James 3:8, 2.
What is the prayer of one who is submissive to God?
"Thy will be done." Matt. 6:10.
How was submission exemplified in the life of Christ?
"He [Jesus] humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the
death of the cross." Phil. 2:8. "He was oppressed, and He was
afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the
slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not
His mouth." Isa. 53:7. Read also Matt. 27:26-50.
What is said about submission to worldly powers and authorities?
"Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and
powers, to obey magistrates." Titus 3:1.
Why are we required to do this?
"Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there
is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of
God." Rom. 11:1, 2. "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man
for the Lord's sake, ...for so is the will of God." 1 Peter 2:13-15.
Does Peter mean that we should submit to the ordinances of men, even when these are
contrary to the express command of God?
Let Peter himself answer. "We ought to obey God rather than
men." Acts 5:29. "Whether it be right in the sight of God to
hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye." Acts 4:19.
What noted example have we of obedience or submission to God rather than man?
The three worthies in the fiery furnace. Dan. 3.
Then what is really meant by being subject to worldly rulers and ordinances of men?
"For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill,
Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not
covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying; namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." Rom. 13:9.
How do we stand related to one another with regard to submission?
"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all
of you, be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility." 1 Peter 5:5.
What seems to be the reason for this requirement?
Submission cultivates humility, a Christian virtue of high value. It
is the humble to whom God "giveth grace," and whom He will in
due time exalt. 1 Peter 5:5, 6.
What should be the attitude of a wife to her husband?
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands." Col. 3:18.
What is this submission?
"To be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to
be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own
husbands." Titus 2:4, 5.
Does this submission permit domination on the part of the husband?
"Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them."
Col. 3:19. "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church." Eph. 5:25.
How far should a wife submit to her husband?
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord." Col. 3:18.
In what should children be submissive to parents?
"Children, obey your parents in all things; for this is
well pleasing unto the Lord." Col. 3:20.
What is said about the submission of servants to masters?
"Servants, obey in all things your masters according to
the flesh; not with eye service, as men pleasers; but in singleness of
heart, fearing God." Col. 3:22.