Submission in the Spirit
A Sermon on Ephesians 5:21
submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (ESV)
The life of the Christian is Spirit-filled and Spirit guided. This encouraging reality is celebrated as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exhorts us from Ephesians 5:21 not to live like the world because of this inward transformation that gives us new desires and new dispositions. This means that all Christians are to relate to one another as a new people who have been transformed and brought together in the Gospel to make a new community of like-minded individuals. No Christian is to seek their own good first as one who is self-centered and worldly, but all are to seek the good of the brothers and sisters in Christ above their own. When Christians see themselves in this new kind of community, they begin to see relationships differently. For Christians, this is the new way of understanding how they are to interact with one another and how relationships are to be viewed. Christians relate to believers in a spiritual way as fellow heirs of the Gospel and salvation. They are to love one another as God loved them in Christ, and they are to submit to one another in love and respect. This is not a support of the so-called ecumenical movement, but it speaks to everyday Christians who are seeking to faithfully live out the Gospel in their day to day life.