What is Grace-energized Submission? (22 of 23) by John Barnett

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What is Grace-energized Submission? (22 of 23)
Series: Women Energized by Grace Series
John Barnett
Titus 2:5

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. NKJV

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. NKJV

These are two interesting words "reject" (atheteo means "despise, reject, cast off") and "authority" (kuriotes 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. NKJV

Remember that Jesus reduced life to one simple goal--seeking God's rule over each day of my ...


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