|The Discipline of Submission unpacked|
Discipline of submission
The Discipline of Submission
A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to none. A Christian is a dutiful servant of all, subject to all– Martin Luther
General introductory thoughts
Every discipline has a corresponding freedom. For submission, it is the ability to lay down a terrible burden of always needing to get our own way…
The biblical teaching surrounding submission focuses on the spirit with which we view other people
Foundational passage: Mark 8:34; Following Jesus means taking up a cross of submission
In fact… Denying self is the only thing that brings self fulfillment.
Self- denial is not self contempt: self contempt claims that we have no worth; self denial declares that we are of infinite worth and shows us how to realize it. (Matt 10:39)
Self denial is the freedom to to give way to others.
Passage: I Peter 2:21-23
Copied pages: Foster
Acts of submission: Foster
Practical areas where the rubber meets the road.
- We submit ourselves first to God.
- We submit ourselves to Scripture.(Hearing- receiving- obeying)
- We submit ourselves to our family (Phil 2:4)
- We submit ourselves to our neighbors and those we meet in our daily lives. This is where protestants often fall short
- We submit ourselves to the believing community.
- We submit ourselves to the broken and despised. James 1:27
- We submit ourselves to the world. We live in an interdependent community and not in isolation.
The critical passage : Philippians 2:5-11
The Context of the passage:
Paul presents Jesus as the supreme example of humility… He urges humity on the Philippians as the only way to secure unity.
The Explanation of the passage
Only when we see Jesus correctly can we better understand ourselves and the behaviors that manifest our relationship with one another; whether the (obe another) is that is church relationships/ marital relationships/ or casual relationships between individuals.
The interpretation of the passage
If Jesus our Master and Savior, He than our model and Mentor:
This is the self- emptying passage: Jesus empties Himself voluntarily of what we would call the independent use of his attributes, for the sake of obedience to the Father and complete selflessness toward man.
(5) keeping on thinking this in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Jesus as the supreme example of humility
(6) Existing: ( present active participle) in the morphe of God: essential attributes
Empty: kenosis: took upon himself the limitations of time and space. He stripped himself of the insignia of majesty~ Lightfoot~
(7) See the comparison:
Existing in the eternal attributes
Becoming in the human attributes: ( definite entrance in time for his humanity)
(8) voluntary humiliation…the bottom of the ladder from the throne of God.
(9) because of God’s voluntary humiation, God has lifted him above or beyond the state of glory which he enjoyed before the incarnation. He took back to heaven his humanity, returned as the Son of Man, as well as the Son of God.
(11) should confess: Acts 2:36; one man notes, that the term Lord, has become one of the most lifeless in Christian vocabulary, whereas it it really declares the true character and dignity of Jesus Christ and is the basis and the object of worship.
The Message paraphrase
5-8Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.
5Let this same attitude and purpose and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example in humility:]
6Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God [[a]possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did not [b]think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped[c]or retained,
7But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [d]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.
8And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!
The Application of the passage