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The Honor Of Submission

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The Honor Of Submission

Noel Heikkinen

1 Peter 2:11-25

Our governing leaders are in the spotlight more than ever right now. Do you agree or disagree with their actions? Are you encouraged or enraged by their decisions? Pastor Noel Jesse Heikkinen points us to the biblical model of submission in the midst of suffering. Just as our suffering king Jesus yielded to the authorities in His death, we are to posture our own lives in freely submitting to our authorities, and in doing so point others to Him.

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Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and exiles to abstain from sinful desires that wage war against the soul. Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.
1 Peter 2:11-12

Submit to every human authority because of the Lord, whether to the emperor as the supreme authority or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. For it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
1 Peter 2:13-17

Submission is consciously and freely yielding to the will of another.

Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.
Romans 13:1-2

“God always works through human authority. Good human authority. Bad human authority. Righteous human authority. Unrighteous human authority. Believing human authority. Unbelieving human authority. That’s how God exercises his will on the earth…Your attitude and response to human authorities is a reflection of your attitude and response to your Father in heaven.”

– Andy Stanley

Household slaves, submit to your masters with all reverence not only to the good and gentle ones but also to the cruel. For it brings favor if, because of a consciousness of God, someone endures grief from suffering unjustly. For what credit is there if when you do wrong and are beaten, you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, if you endure it, this brings favor with God.
1 Peter 2:18-20

For you were called to this, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. He did not commit sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth; when he was insulted, he did not insult in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten but entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but you have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 2:21-25

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4