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What Does The Bible Mean By “Submission”?

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December 26, 2022

We are not comfortable with the idea of submission. I can’t tell you the amount of conversations I’ve had with close friends and family about it as it relates to the Bible. Some examples…

“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority” (Hebrews 13:17)

Submit yourselves, then, to God.” (James 4:7)

“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:22)

“not my will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority:” (1 Peter 2:13)

 “let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)

Often times, these verses can be misconstrued to make submission a demeaning thing.

I’m not comfortable with that kind of submission. As a matter of fact, in the words of Elisabeth Elliot…“I’m not particularly comfortable with any kind (of submission), but since it was God’s idea and not mine, I had better come to terms with what the Bible says about it and stop rejecting the whole thing just because it is so often misunderstood and wrongly defined.

So let’s get it right, shall we? Listen below


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