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Discover the Book - Nov. 27, 2009

  • 2009 Nov 27

What is Grace-Energized Submission?


Jesus reduced life to one simple goal—seeking God's rule over each day of my life. Do you remember Christ's simple yet powerful words? 

Matthew 6:33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." NKJV

God says, in the second chapter of Genesis, "[It is] not good for man to be alone: I will make a help meet for him" (Genesis 2:18, KJF).  The key word in that verse is the word "for." God made the woman for Adam—to complete him by adding a quality of life that previously did not exist.

Eve was a precious gift to Adam—to fulfill him as a person. And the Lord said that this was "very good." (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:23), and Galatians 3:28 all assert the spiritual, mental, and physical equalitarian status and dignity of women and men. However, in spite of this, there are still five common misconceptions about submission:

*       Misconception #1: Submission is only for women. Actually, we are all commanded to submit to one another in Christ's body. So this is a universal responsibility, not merely for wives. (Eph. 5.21; Phil. 2.3-4; I Pet. 5.5; Rom. 13.1; Heb. 13.17)


*       Misconception #2: Submission is bondage. Wrong. Jesus said that submission to obey what God has commanded is actually a tremendous picture of love. (Jn. 14.21)


*       Misconception #3: Submission means muting. Never. The Scriptures which describe godly wives never state or imply that she may not speak. Rather, she is to become the treasured confidant, advisor, and completer for her man who stands in front protecting her—not silencing her. (Pr. 31.26; Ac. 18.26; Judges 13.21-23)


*       Misconception #4: Submission means invisibility. Actually, a submissive wife opens the doors to endless opportunities because by obedience she frees God to give all that He in His plan wants to give to her. It is rebellion which hides anyone's true potential for God. (Proverbs 31 woman)


*       Misconception #5: Submission means inferiority. God has ordained gender-specific roles for men and women within the church and home. The Scriptures never imply that a woman is anything less than equal with a man. In history many women have excelled men in many areas. But to excel with God, submission equals obedience to a God-given role. Jesus said, "I can do nothing on my own initiative, as I hear I judge; … I do not seek my own will but the will of Him who sent me" (John 5:30, NASB). 


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