- I Peter 3:1, 2
A predominant characteristic of the Christian life is submission. The first act of submission for any believer is the moment of conversion. This is when a sinner called by the Spirit of God bows his or her knee to the Lord Jesus Christ and is transferred from death to eternal life. The Christian continues a submissive life by continuously yielding to God and His word. To live obediently to God, all Christians must submit to the authority of Jesus Christ. Submission, therefore, is a major part of the fruitful, Christian life.
Submission to the authority of Jesus continues to other areas of the Christian life. The apostle Peter writes of some of these other areas. Peter writes that Christians must submit to every human institution (I Peter 2:13). Human institution means here human creation (Gill). Specifically Peter mentions governing authorities. The apostle also writes the same command in Romans.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God
- Romans 13:1 (ESV)
Another area in which believers are to be submissive is that relation between servant and master. Peter tells those brethren who have masters to subordinate themselves (I Peter 2:18). This principle can certainly be applied to an employee/ employer relationship today.
Submission to Christ means submission within the home (Ephesians 6:1; Colossians 3:20). The mark of a believing child is that they listen to and obey their parents. In God’s order for the home, the parents lead and the children submit.
The church even has a great example of submission. This example is the Lord Jesus. Jesus, while on earth said that He came to do the will of His Father (the One who sent Him). Listen to Jesus’ own words.
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
- John 6:38 (NKJV)
Before His crucifixion, Jesus prays to the Father. In His prayer, Jesus displays His submissiveness.
41 And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
- Luke 22:41, 42 (NASB)
Jesus’ submission to the Father’s will was complete. He took the punishment for the sins of the world. He neither tried to escape the penalty nor did He strike back but He endured. The whole time Jesus suffered, He entrusted Himself to God (I Peter 2:23). The Master’s example is what His church must follow.
- Pastor Randy
 Greek "hoo-pa-tas-so) means to subject oneself or obey.