WORLD GOSPEL KINGDOM TRACTS
Unlocking the Mystery of Human Life
Although around the globe there are authorities of every kind, there is much rebellion against authority. We have a plethora of authorities, for instance, the police department, schoolteachers, parents, guardians as well as governmental entities, just to name a few. Subsequently, with the superfluity of authorities on this earth, who is submitting? Who is absolutely submitting to authority?
Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 5:7-9
The Word of God tells us that the Lord Jesus and the Father are one. In the beginning was the Word, just as in the beginning there was God. The Word was God, and this Word created the heavens and the earth. With God in the beginning there was glory. It was an inapproachable glory, the glory of the Son. The Father and the Son are equal, equipotent, coexisting, and existing simultaneously. But there is a difference in Person between the Father and the Son. It is not a distinction in intrinsic nature but in arrangement in the Godhead. The Bible says that the Lord did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped. To be grasped means to take by force. The Lord’s equality with God is not something that He assumed by force. It is not an assertion or usurpation because the Lord had the image of God in the first place.
Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider being equal with God a treasure to be grasped. But emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming in the likeness of men; And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient even unto death, and that the death of a Cross (Philippians 2:6-8).
There are two sections according to Philippians 2:5-11. Philippians 2:5-7 form one section, while Philippians 2:8-11 form another section. The first section is on Christ emptying Himself. The second section is on Christ humbling Himself.
The Lord’s humiliation involved seven steps: (1) emptying Himself; (2) taking the form of a slave; (3) becoming in the likeness of men; (4) humbling Himself; (5) becoming obedient; (6) being obedient even unto death; and (7) being obedient unto the death of the Cross.
When the Lord came down to earth, He emptied Himself of the glory, power, position, and image in His deity. He emptied Himself of all but love! As a result of His emptying, those without revelation did not recognize Him and would not acknowledge Him as God, considering Him merely as an ordinary man.
In the Godhead there is full harmony. In the Godhead there is equality, yet it is happily arranged that the Father should be the Head and that the Son should submit. The Father became the representation of authority, and the Son became the representation of submission. Thus, the Son had to create submission.
Christ became obedient unto death, even the death of the Cross, a painful and shameful death. In the end, God exalted Him as a Man to the highest and given Him a Name above every name. There is Lordship now in the Godhead because there is an exalted Man in the heavens! He that humbles himself will be exalted. This is God’s principle.
Are you self-exalted or humble? Will you call upon His Name to receive Him?
Originally, there was no need for submission in the Godhead. Because Christ created submission, the Father became the authority to Christ in the Godhead. God established both authority and submission. With Christ there is the principle of submission. Those who accept submission are accepting the principle of Christ. Hence, those who are filled with Christ will be filled with submission.
Without absolute submission unto the death of the Cross, there would be no redemption. Redemption came through Christ’s absolute submission! Christ did not vacillate in His mind. He had no thought of relativism, but was absolute in submission to the Father even unto death. He learned obedience all the way to the Cross. He set His heart to subject Himself in the way of submission even unto death and that the death of the Cross. There was no trace of rebellion in Him because He loved the Father to the uttermost!
God ordained that Christ should die, and Christ obeyed (Philippians 2:8). He learned this obedience through the suffering of death. In Him there was no trace of disobedience; consequently, He was exalted by God in His humanity!
Whoever sees this principle will realize that no sin is uglier than rebellion and that nothing is more crucial than submission.
God’s principle can be maintained only by submitting in the way that the Lord submitted. Once there is rebellion, we are in the principle of Satan who was the first rebel. Undoubtedly, Satan became an angelic schizophrenic rebel. This angelic schizoid had 5 “I wills” which is proven in Isaiah 14:12-14. One of the “I wills” says that he will set up his throne to make himself like the Most High.
This is how God maintains His principle of submission. It is wrong for us to have even a trace of rebellion. We should submit to authority completely and absolutely. This is a great matter. The Lord Jesus’ return to heaven was through His being a Man and being submissive in the form of a Man. Thus, as a Man in the heavens, God highly exalted Christ as Lord and given Him dominion, glory and a Kingdom! And He will return back to this earth as a Man with His Kingdom of righteousness (Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 7:13-14)!
Are you in the principle of rebellion?
Are you willing to submit to Christ’s authority completely and absolutely to receive His life of submission?
Hebrews 5:8 tells us that the Lord’s obedience was learned through suffering. Suffering brought obedience to Him. True submission is found when there is still obedience in spite of suffering.
We must all learn to be obedient in sufferings. When the Lord came to the earth, He did not bring obedience with Him; rather, He learned it through sufferings. Salvation not only brings joy; it also brings submission. Only submissive ones through regeneration, will experience the fullness of salvation. We need to be submissive, even as the Lord was submissive. God desires to save us with the hope that we would submit to His will. The Lord became the source of our salvation through obedience.
We are human. Submission for us is simple. We can submit as long as we humble ourselves. But the Lord’s submission is not a simple matter. The Lord’s submission is more difficult than His creation of the heavens and the earth. In order to submit He had to empty Himself of all the glory, power, position, and image in His deity. He also had to take on the form of a slave. Only then could He receive the qualification of submission. Hence, submission is something created by the Son of God.
Are you filled with Christ? Are you filled with submission? Are you willing to submit yourself to Him and receive His life of submission?
Are you rebellious against the authority of Christ? Are you willing and ready to submit yourself to Him that He may regenerate you with His life of submission?
Before He returned back to heaven, Christ completed His course of being obedient unto death in the position of a Man. He accomplished a perfect and pure submission as a Man. Suffering upon suffering was piled on Him, but He remained absolutely submissive to the Father. There was not the slightest reaction or rebellion. Therefore, God highly exalted Christ in His humanity and made Him Lord in the Godhead! Hence, there is now humanity in the Godhead! There is Lordship in the Godhead!
Do you desire a full and complete salvation freed from rebellion and disobedience? Are you willing to pray a simple prayer to receive His life of submission?
O Lord, O Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a disobedient, rebellious sinner. Please forgive me and cleanse me from all my sins by Your own precious blood. I need Your life of obedience and submission. You became the source of my salvation through obedience. I now submit myself to You that I may know and experience the fullness of Your salvation. Lord regenerate me and set me free from all rebellion and disobedience so that I may receive Your life of submission to Your will. Right now I repent of all my sins and unrighteousnesses. I call upon Your Name, Lord Jesus! I receive You right now as my obedient and submissive Lord! Thank You for coming into me and regenerating me by Your submissive life! Amen!
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The way of salvation is not dependent upon man’s improvement, because “death” cannot be improved. Sin must first be judged, and then there can be the freedom from death which comes through sin. This is the salvation of Jesus Christ.
Let us walk becomingly as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in fornication and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 13:13, 14