Submission

To whom do we owe unqualified submission? "Submit yourselves therefore to God." James 4:7.

Why are we under obligation to submit to God? "Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, ...I have made the earth, and created man upon it... There is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside Me. Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else." Isa. 45:11-22.

What constitutes submission to God? "Casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." 2 Cor. 10:5.

What will be the condition of one who is thus submissive to God? He will be "filledwith the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." Col. 1:9.

What is the will of God? "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification." 1 Thess. 4:3. "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind; for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God." 1 Peter 4:1, 2.

What is fulfilled in us when we live not in the flesh? "That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Rom. 8:4.

Then what is the course of one who is submissive to God? He walks after the Spirit, i.e., brings forth the "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22-24), or in other words, fulfills "the righteousness of the law," which constitutes the will of God. 1 Peter 4:2.

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