Posted by: biblestudyseattle | April 30, 2017

Submit to One Another

“Honor Christ by submitting to each other.”  Ephesians 5:21

To modern ears, this sounds like, “everyone submit to everyone else with no particular distinction.”  It sounds like old can submit to young, husbands can submit to wives, parents can submit to kids; a little like the lyrics to the love child days: “Let everyone love one another right now…”

But this is not the intention.  The proof is in the following 12 verses.  A more accurate rendition to modern ears might be, “Honor Christ by submitting as you ought in your particular relationships.”  Verses 22-33 spell out what that looks like with bosses/employees, children/parents, husbands/wives, etc.  There is order in relationships, and not everyone is equal.  This is for our own good.  But Satan wants to upset the apple cart with the same lie that he used on Eve:  “If everyone just ‘loves’ one another you’ll be more free!  Don’t let that killjoy God enslave you saying you have to submit to your husband!  Be free!  Don’t let a man tell you what to do.  Get your own career; you can have it all!”  If only more churches would talk about these truths and Satan’s lies.

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