Ephesians 5:21 "Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ."
Its reminder time again, on a regular basis we are bombarded with humanist doctrine, one of the chief sources being the Declaration of Independence, "we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, and among them are life liberty and the pursuit of happiness." This is neither biblical, nor is it Christian. It is one of Satanís deceptions, and under the pursuit of happiness, he would lead us into great and mortal sin and would willingly grant us our right to what we have earned for ourselves, Hell and eternal damnation.
When a Christian dedicates his life to the Lord Jesus Christ, we confess that it is God who has done everything for us. As Christians, living by grace through faith, our creed is not one of independence, but of complete dependence. We depend on the grace of God. We depend on the strength that comes from the Word of God. We depend on the Word of God for guidance in daily life. We depend on our Heavenly Father, for daily bread and for all that is needed to sustain this body and life. And God, for his part daily and richly supplies all our needs. So it becomes my duty to thank, praise, serve, and obey the Lord on whom I depend for everything, for His grace supplies me with all I need and more than I by my own merit could ever deserve.
In this dependent relationship there is great freedom, joy and blessing. And we count ourselves privileged to be called by God to become part of his family and to share in the rich treasure which is ours in Jesus Christ. We rightly acknowledge our dependent relationship every time we confess Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And as our Lord, we are rightly subject to Him, in all things seeking to do his will and to walk in His ways.
This brings us to our text: "Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ." - Just as Christians learn to be subject to Jesus Christ, to do His will and to follow His ways, so Christians are reminded that Godís order has also made us subject to others as well. Their authority comes from God, and they have been placed here for our good, to guide and direct us, and to give us such measure of order in this world, "that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty".
So it is that we grow up under the authority of our parents, and we are subject to them. That is we honor and respect them, and gladly do what they command, so we do not test them, nor their patience, for we know it is wrong to provoke them to anger. As we grow older, we come under the authority of teachers, and then bosses, and again we are subject to them and gladly do what they ask of us. And all the time, we are subject to the government, for God has revealed to us that He has entrusted it with the sword of judgment, and that it too is a minister of God, doing His will, and working for our good. So we see that part of being subject to Christ, is being subject to the authorities which God has provided for our good.
And this brings us to the greatest and often most difficult portion of Godís plan for our lives. It is difficult because it is completely foreign to our culture and society, and many would throw it out saying it no longer fits with our ways and time and culture. The question those who think such thought must be asked is: are you sure you are wiser and more knowledgeable about life and the universe than the God who created all?
For Godís plan for marriage and family has no words about democracy or a partnership of equals. In Godís plan for marriage, a man is be the head, and as head to provide for wife and family in the same way as Christ loves and provides for the church. And as we have learned for our lives, it is not the law which makes us willingly submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, but rather it is his love, which has moved us to respond in thanks, worship and praise. So the wife, in consideration of the husbandís promise of love is to be subject to him, just as the husband is subject to Christ, and as Christ was subject to the Father. It is for this reason that Christians should only marry other Christians, else there will be no plan for marriage, for such love is possible only by the grace of God, and without Godís grace daily enriching each of the partners, Satan will step in, saying to the men, you donít have to provide as Christ did, and to the women saying and you do not need to be subject. And because we have lost or forgotten Godís teaching about marriage that we have so much trouble in our homes and families and across our nation. Thank God for His mercy, and for opportunity to daily grow in faith.