1 Timothy 2 Lesson

Submitting to God's Will

Submission is defined as, “The action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.”

People have struggled with the idea of submission forever, usually because of pride, ego, or greed. For organizations to function effectively, there must be order and recognition of authority. In the absence of these two things, we have chaos.

Jesus asserted His authority over man when He said:

  • “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6.

In Mathew 28:18, Jesus said:

  • “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

Clearly, Jesus has authority over us. However, as we will see, Jesus also recognizes the authority of His Father and submitted Himself to His Father’s will repeatedly, even when it was difficult.

Submission comes down to a choice. Are we going to recognize the authority of another, or are we going to insist on doing things the way that we want to do them? One choice leads to heaven, the other to hell.

Consider the following four scriptures and notice how Jesus submits Himself to the will of His Father:

  1. “When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.” - 1 Corinthians 15:28.
  2. “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.  Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name.” - Philippians 2:5-9.
  3. And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” - Mathew 26:39.
  4. “For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” - John 6:38.

Understanding that submitting to authority does not have anything to do with the value or worth of an individual is fundamental to our ability to accept whatever role God assigns to us.

In 1 Timothy 2:11-12, Paul writes:

  • “A woman must quietly receive instruction with entire submissiveness.  But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.”

In public worship, the men have authority over the women. This does not imply value, but rather sets up a system for orderly worship.

God has established roles and authority for the household also. Ephesians 5:22-24 says:

“Wives be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.  But as the church is subject to Christ, so also the wives ought to be to their husbands in everything.”

The idea of submitting to authority is not limited to man and woman, or husband and wife. There is also the idea that those who are younger are to be subject to their elders.

  • You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5.

Do we accept or yield to the will or authority of another person only when it is convenient, or when it is what we want? That is not what the Bible says to do, and it is not the example that Jesus set for us.

True submission means accepting our role, even if we do not like it or understand why things are happening the way that they are. When Jesus was being crucified, He pleaded with His Father, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

Jesus was exhausted, in pain, and alone on the cross, yet He still understood that He was in submission to His Father and that His Father’s will had to be carried out.

He said in Mathew 26:39:

  • “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”

In life, all of us take on roles of submission and roles of authority depending on the situation. Each role comes with its own responsibility. In Ephesians 5:25-28, men receive the following command:

  • “Husbands love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.  In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.”


In every situation, God wants us to recognize His authority. If we submit ourselves to His commands, His plan can work in us, and He will lead us home. We will conclude today’s study with the following scripture from the prophet Jeremiah:

  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11.


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