The Apostle Peter was not only a Jew, but was married. He was well acquainted with Jewish customs and how the young church needed spiritual instruction. I Peter was written to Jewish believers. His emphasis on submission was to appeal to the church to have an attitude of submission in a Christ-like way to promote harmony and true freedom. It was also to be a witness to the world outside of the church.
I Peter 2:13-15 tells us to, “submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme… For this is the will of God…” Submissiveness is required in all aspects of society: the government, military, workplace, church and family. Citizens submit to civil leaders, subordinates to military leadership, workers to employers, laypersons to clergy, wives to husbands, and children to parents. I Peter 5:5 states, “Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility…” The church should model submission in honor, reverence and love.
When we “humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God” we place ourselves under His Sovereignty. We come under His umbrella of spiritual safety. We have all seen the TV commercial with a large red umbrella that “covers” what is being insured. Biblical submission brings us “under” His righteous hand of protection, provision and placement. By way of submission we choose to place ourselves under His care. As long as we remain under the umbrella of grace and submit, we gain His favor and blessing.
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Don’t give the devil a foothold. Submission involves our mind, will and emotions. We are to take our thoughts captive and submit them to God. Submit your imagination, words, actions, fears, insecurities, hopes, and plans to Him.
Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together.