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What Does Being Submissive in Christ?


The word submit or submission means to submit under the authority or power of someone else and is usually deemed mandatory or obligatory.

Submission to Governing Authorities

God is sovereign and He possesses ultimate authority. However, no one has authority independent of God. God will deal with his Leaders personally.

Some may wonder about evil leaders and did God ordain them: The bible scriptures teach an interesting statement; Satan is actively involved in the political process (Luke 4:6-7). The book of Daniel teaches that there are wicked spirits who are assigned to various leaders. Yet at the same time, the Bible clearly teaches that God rules in the affairs of men.

Proverbs 21:1 says: “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the LORD; He turns it wherever He wishes.” In other words, God is sovereign over whoever is in authority. God uses individuals for his Will.

Submission is a vitally important part of the Christian life. Consider some of the reasons submission warrants such careful consideration: Some vital reasons are peace, harmony and peace that God gives us to have GODLY relationships. Especially in God's Sanctuary. We cannot have these offerings from Christ if we are not submitting to His will, but our own. In the Church leadership, in marriage, and in any relationship, submission is the basis for unity on Christ.

Paul shared consequences for failing to submit to government or rulers over you. He writes, “Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinances of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.” Paul is saying that when you resist government you are resisting God! To put it positively, submission to government is an expression of your submission to God. Therefore, whether you think a law is fair or not, you have no right to disobey simply because of your preferences. If you choose to disobey Paul states that you will receive condemnation upon yourself.

18-22: Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh. *(We may find this hard to accomplish, but the JESUS in you gives you what is needed to endure; just as Christ did while on earth. We must pray constantly and leave vengeance to God. How can a person say, "I will trust God, but at the same time, they are attempting to make things happen themselves. That is not faith in God.) For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. *To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.

Romans: 14:13: Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

We who claim Christ should always encourage, lift up and pray. Those who live in Christ, does not promote arguments, hate, greed and is selfless. God knows and see all things. He will judge those who claim his death and resurrection, but live and lead blindly to others. Everything done out of selfish ambition will not succeed. God's will and time is not ours. His is perfect and his time will bring every person to front on their deeds done in the flesh.


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Bishop Paul E. Moss, Jr. Pastor and Teacher

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