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About-Him.Com Devotional 01-30-2010
1Peter3;1-4 Godly Submission
1Peter 3:1 ¶ Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
Last week, we covered the submission of a slave or servant to their earthy masters. Rather hard for us in free America to digest, isn’t it? But, it is the word of God! In like manner, the apostle writes that the wife is to be in subjection to her husband. That doesn’t set very well in the 21st century, but it also is the word of God!
Peter is admonishing women whose husbands are unbelievers that they won’t win their husbands to the Lord by nagging. They will win them when they are adorned with a meek and quite spirit. He uses the example of holy women of old who honored and were in subjection to their husbands. The husband is to honor his wife, recognizing that they both are heirs of God’s grace, so that their prayers are not hindered. The injunction to both husband and wife: Recognize your God appointed role and fulfill it.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
The bible has much to say about godly order and submission. Even Jesus was subject to His earthy parents. We read in Luke 2:51-52 that Jesus returned with His parents to Nazareth and was subject to them. As He submitted, he increased in wisdom and stature and found favor with God and man. This is a perfect example of God's order. Jesus had much to say about submission in the Sermon on the Mount, such as going the second mile, etc. (Mt. 5-7). We are to all be in submission to others.
The apostle Paul spells out part of God's order in:
1 Corinthians 11:3 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman [is] the man; and the head of Christ [is] God.
Areas of submission: Christ to God, the man to Christ, the wife to her husband and the child to their parents, saints to one another. As we have previously mentioned, we are also bound to be in submission to civil authority and to our employers and church government.
Christ to God - Luke. 22:42; Hebrews 10:7 Jesus said, "Not my will but Thine be done" and "...I have come to do Thy will o God."
The Man to Christ - I Corinthians 11:3, Acts 11:34, 16:31 The man is a priest over his own household. It is his responsibility to exercise godly leadership. A large percentage of Christian men neglect and leave this responsibility to the wife. Thank God for the women who stand in the gap but they shouldn't have to do it alone. If the man doesn't fulfill his God appointed role, he will be judged accordingly.
The Wife to the Husband - Ephesians 5:22-33: Note carefully Paul's description in I Cor.11:3. Greater emphasize is placed on the husband fulfilling his role properly. He is to love and nurture his wife. A wife cannot submit gracefully to someone she cannot respect. A man is to exercise leadership and spiritual priesthood and NOT BE A WIMP. If the man did his duty - the woman wouldn't have to do it for him.
The Child to the Parent - Ephesians 6:1-3: The child is to obey their parents. Long life is promised to thos ewho honor their father and mother. I must confess that in raising my children, I sometimes forgot the admonition to not provoke them to wrath. Certainly discipline is necessary, but to nurture the child in the fear and admonition of the Lord, should certainly be our first approach. If we do this first, a lot of punishment will be unnecessary.
To one another: Probably the best example of this is when Jesus washed the dirty feet of His argumentative disciples (Jn. 13:14). We are to submit to one another in the fear of the Lord, with all lowliness, meekness, with longsuffering and forbearance as we endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in peace (Eph. 4:1-3, 5:21).
To Civil Authorities - Titus 3:1; 1Pet. 2;13; Ro.13:2 It's not much of a testimony when Christians wink at the law, whether it be speed laws or tax laws or whatever.
To Church Authority - Hebrews 13:17 God has established the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastors and teachers in His church for our perfection and edification, and we are to be subjest to them (Heb. 13:17). I believe it is incumbent upon the church leadership to not forget that they are also to be in submission, also. Their job is to feed the church which God has purchased with His own blood. Many sit back when their sheep are hurting, waiting for a call or the proper show of respect. However, when the Good Shepherd noticed that a sheep was missing, He went searching for Him. He didn't check to see how submissive he had been. The Shepherd simply went out searching until He found the lost sheep. The clergy must never forget the admonition to feed the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (Acts 20:28).
To Our Emplorer - Ephesians 6:5-8: It's rather sad to see Christians who don't do a full day's work. Not a very good testimony. Here again, submission works both ways. The employee should give his best to see his employer succeed. The Christian employer is obligated to have the welfare of his employees as one of his utmost concerns. We mentioned last week that we should do our jobs as unto the Lord, and just to please men.
To the older generation I may be paranoid, but as I get older I sense that some of the younger generation feel that if you're over 50, you've had your day and don’t know anything. I'm sure that I had that attitude when I was young, but now that I'm old, I see it in a different light. Anybody identify?
1 Peter 5:5. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
The key to perfect submission in all areas of life is to be submitted to Christ. He set a perfect example for us to follow.
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