Monday, May 14, 2012

Submitting and Submission-What the Bible Says. Part 2

The previous blog addressed what submission and submitting are, as well as who we are to submit to (in general). It went into detail about submitting to the Lord, spouses/husbands, and authority. This is part two. 

      *Holy people
           -We are encouraged to submit to those who devote themselves to the Lord and to those who work for the Lord
           -1 Cor. 16:15-17
   
    *Young people submit selves to older people/elders.
           - Be humble and submit yourself to elders. Submit to one another. Obey parents.
           -1 Peter 5:4-6 and Ephesians 5:21-33 and Colossians 3:18-25 

      *Parents/Elders
           - Be humble and submit yourself to elders (there's always someone older). Submit to one another. Don't be jerks to your kids.
          -1 Peter 5:4-6 and Ephesians 5:21-33 and Colossians 3:18-25

      *Bosses
        -Two stories in Genesis mention submitting to a boss. Hagar and Sarah and Joseph and the Egyptians.
        -Genesis 16:8-10 and Genesis 41:39-41 

     *We are to submit to God's righteousness and His plan for us. The Israelites created their own instead of submitting to God's righteousness.
         -Romans 10:1-4

Submitting to holy people does make sense (to me). My campus minister (Rose) teaches us that God speaks with one voice towards one purpose, so as long as I'm submitting to God and the holy person is submitting to God, there shouldn't be  too much disagreement. Similar to some men continually pointing out to women that wives are told to submit to their husbands, there are older individuals who point out that younger people are to submit to older people. But there's always someone older. As a newborn, essentially everyone was older than me, but then as I reached high school and college, I was older than some people and younger than some people. Throughout my life, I will be older than some and younger than others. We are called to mentor those younger than us and submit to those older than us. Similar to mutual submission between spouses, there should be mutual submission between believers. 

Who submits to us?
           -Demons submitted to the 72, but Jesus told them that what was really worth celebrating was the fact that their names were written in heaven. Be warned, if you're going to cast out demons, really believe and know Christ personally.
               -Luke 10:16-21 and Acts 19:13-16  

Stay tuned for part 3!

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