Submission, Spirit

Re: Verse reading–Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-9 (day seven)
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”-v 21.  Submission is a Spiritual ethic.  Impossible without Him.  It is one (and only one) of the indicators of Spirit-filled life that Paul lists in Ephesians 5:18-21.  Speaking to one another with songs. . .giving thanks for all things. . .being subject to one another–these are the outward proofs that the Spirit of God has entered and filled your heart.  Does your life evidence these things?  They do not come by force of will or application of effort!  Only the Spirit can produce such outcomes.  “The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile to God; for it does not subject (same word) itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so.”–Romans 8:6-7.  Those who ignore the basic step of being filled with the Spirit will find submission to be undesirable and impossible.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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