March 16, 2012
By John Barnett
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When God looks down upon us humans who live on Earth He only sees two kinds of hearts: saved hearts and lost hearts.
God's Word classifies everyone as either: having Christ or not.
Listen to John:
1 John 5:12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.
There are several types of behavior that distinguish between God’s people (the saved) and Satan’s people (the lost), but none is more clearly contrasted than: submission to authority (the saved) and a casting off of authority (the lost).
As we turn a couple of short books towards the end, in Jude v.8 God reveals that key characteristics of Satan’s realm.
God tells us that Satan’s team “rejects authority” (NKJV/NAS/NIV).
That is just another way of saying—resisting submission.
Jude 8 Likewise also these dreamers defile the flesh, reject authority (NAS/NIV), and speak evil of dignitaries.
These are two interesting words “reject” (*atheteo* means “despise, reject, cast off”) and “authority” (*kuriote*s means “Lordship or dominion”).
So at the deepest level, lost people cast off or reject, or even despise the Lordship or rule, or dominion of Christ.
In fact, when Paul is guided to record the decline and fall of the human race in Romans 1, one of the clearest elements is seen in humanity’s constant desire to cast of all restraint (again resisting submission to any authority other than self).
We could simply summarize God's Word by saying that God’s people are submissive and Satan’s people aren’t.
Since we were born, as Isaiah 53:6 says, wanting our own way—only a second birth can change that.
Isaiah 53:6 /"All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."/
Remember that Jesus reduced life to one simple goal—seeking God’s rule over each day of my life.
Christ's simple yet powerful words:
Matthew 6:33 /“But seek* first* the *kingdom of God* and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you"/.
But when we submit to God we begin to trust in Him with all our being, we stop leaning on finding our own way, our lives start reflecting God—and He directs our steps.
Proverbs 3:5-6 /"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."/
That is the ultimate life: empowered by God, to follow God as our Guide through life.
It all starts with submission and that is exactly where we begin our study.
Paul is explaining to Titus that…
*Wives Energized By God Will Submit to Their Husbands*
This comes in God’s final lesson for younger women in the church, which is a lifestyle and attitude of Biblical submission.
That is our lesson to learn in Titus 2:5.
As we saw last time, both the NIV and NASB render this word correctly, as it is translated everywhere else it shows up in the New Testament:
Titus 2:5 /"to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be dishonored."/
God’s Spirit led Paul to use a word (hupotassumenas) translated “be subject to” which means that a grace-energized woman accepts the relationship of marriage that God has designed, and willingly subjects herself to God’s order for her marriage.
But why is this grace-energized submission so important?
Because Paul said when grace-energized submission or any of the other six elements of Titus 2:4-5 are lacking God is not glorified and His Word is discredited.
Look back at those words that conclude v. 5.
Titus 2:5 …/"that the *word of God may not be blasphemed.*"/
Submission in Biblical terms is when we submit to wanting God’s way.
Biblical submission in marriage can only be understood and practiced when seen in the wider context of God’s plan.
We want to go God’s way and not our own (Isaiah 53:6); then we trust His way not ours (Pr.
3:5-6); and we surrender daily to God and seek first His rule over our lives (Mt.
That is the grace-energized life of submission for all believers.
But specifically, what happens when wives do not heed God’s call?
They begin to exhibit what I like to call the:
*Danger Signs of Women Not Energized by Grace*
Grace-energized lives submit to God’s Word—if not, what will happen?
Without a commitment to faithfully follow Christ’s Word, wives can end up with one or several of the following five common regrets:
• *Without the grace-energized foundation of God’s Word, she will become an irresponsible wife.*
This wife is nothing but a little girl in search of a daddy, and she seems to have found one in her husband.
She is thoroughly self-centered, but manages to appear to others as a loving and devoted wife.
• Without the grace-energized power of God’s Word, she will become an emotionally-detached wife.
*This woman may be recognized as one of the most stable and even-tempered women in her community.
She is frequently asked to serve on the boards of numerous ministries because of her organized mind and methodical way of making decisions.
However, in her home, she is about as detached and emotionally unavailable as a woman can be.
• *Without grace-energized obedience to God’s Word, she will become a dictatorial wife.*
This woman’s idea of wifehood means that nothing happens without her approval.
When her husband dares to question her decisions, she resorts to manipulation or intimidating tactics and, if that doesn’t work, goes into a blind rage.
• *Without the grace-energized pattern of God’s Word, she will become a workaholic wife.*
This woman never quits working mentally or emotionally.
She lives under pressure, and sprays her family with her frustrations.
• *Without the grace-energized nurture of God’s Word, she will become a spiritually- apathetic wife.
*This woman is a believer and church attendee.
But beyond that, she’s generally unresponsive to spiritual matters; she therefore never exercises a sound spiritual testimony in her home.
And that void blocks the relationship a godly husband longs to have.
The idea of wifely submission is therefore not a very popular topic in our day.
Some resistance to submission is simply sinful rebellion against the will of God; but sometimes it reflects a wrong understanding of what the biblical wife’s submission really involves.
Therefore, to clarify a wife’s role in biblical submission, we need to correct common misconceptions, and then discuss what Scripture really says about submission.
*What Biblical Submission Is Not*
Eve was a precious gift to Adam—to fulfill him as a person.
And the Lord said that this was “very good.”
(Genesis 1:26-27, 2:23), and Galatians 3:28 all assert the spiritual, mental, and physical equalitarian status and dignity of women and men.
However, in spite of this, there are still five common misconceptions about submission:
• *Misconception #1: Submission is only for women.
• *Misconception #2: Submission is bondage.*
• *Misconception #3: Submission means muting.
• *Misconception #4: Submission means invisibility.
• *Misconception #5: Submission means inferiority.*
So, if those are the errors, what is the truth?
*When Energized by Grace—We Obey*
A wife’s proper relationship to her husband is as a lovely act of worship of Christ in our heavenly Father’s eyes.
Submission “as to the Lord” provides daily opportunities for the wife to show the Lord’s “worth ship” through service to her husband.
The Lord has prescribed for women, wives, and mothers, a gender-specific role within three realms: the church, the marriage, and the family.
This wonderful act of worship is reflected in the following truths in Ephesians 5:22:
*Truth #1: Submission is a choice.*
Believing wives are asked by God to submit as an obedient response to God.
God never makes us obey—He asks us to obey.
Husbands are not commanded to demand submission, but to win it by love (Eph.
5.22; I Pet.
The Holy Spirit applies submission for a godly woman by the structure of Scripture.
Submission was inspired as a present tense (that means “ongoing”) imperative (that means “non-optional”).
So submission is a not a choice of whether to obey or disobey a husband, but a choice to obey or disobey the Lord.
*Truth #2: Submission is unto the Lord.
*Submission is really between a woman and her Lord God Almighty.
It is a choice to do what He says, whether it is agreeable, understandable, or even possible.