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October 20, 2010

səbˈmɪʃ ənShow Spelled[suh b-mish-uh n]
an act or instance of submitting.
the condition of having submitted.
submissive conduct or attitude.
something that is submitted, as an application.
Law . an agreement between parties involved in a dispute, to abide by the decision of an arbitrator or arbitrators.


Verse 21 is Paul’s thesis statement for the verses that follow. Many versions incorrectly begin the paragraph with verse 22, “Wives submit to your husbands . . .” However, when looking closer at this passage in Greek, verse 21 clearly refers to the passage following. In verse 22 and following, Paul describes in detail how mutual submission works in three types of relationships: wives and husbands, parents and children, and slaves and masters. This idea of considering the needs of the other in these relationships was revolutionary for its time. Paul uses relationships that historically were dominated by husbands, parents, and slave owners. In these verses, Paul says, Whoa, not so fast. Those of you in these traditional power roles should submit as well. Submit yourself to each other like Christ did on the cross for His bride. In Romans 12:4-5, Paul uses the language “each member (of the Body) belongs to all the others.”

Submission is the practical realization that we belong to each other as members of the Body of Christ! Living with that understanding is a key to healthy relationships and unity within the Body! You cannot have anything to do with submission if you are full of pride. The problem with a lot of relationships today is pride, envy and jealousy. We must put aside all those things that are not like Christ and as we read further in Ephesians 6, we must “Put on the whole armor of God” and fight the good fight.

We all have someone to answer to(submit to, and it should be mutual), even when you get to the very top. Presidents, Kings and Queens ultimately are responsible to the people that place them in that position. Police Officers are responsible to society to protect and serve. Bishops, Pastors, Preachers and Teachers of God’s word must be submissive to God in order to deliver the true unadulterated word of God. Supervisors! God did not place you in that position to be boisterous but to look out for those who work for you and workers, God did not give you that job to talk about your boss but to support them in every way possible because one day you may be a supervisor also. We have to learn to put pride aside and respond to all situations and circumstances as though we were doing it for Christ. When and if someone do you wrong be quick to forgive as Christ has forgiven you. I could go on but I know you all have work to do, just as if you were working for the Lord. Have a blessed day!

P.S. As I preach to you I also preach to myself. I needed this

Bro. Nixon


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