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Co-operative Submission

"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God." (1 Corinthians 11:3)
St. Paul was not just basked in revelations that he forgot to specify the lifestyle we need to cultivate. A revelation from God should result in a change in our character which should be aligned to God’s ways. The apostle brought Christ into every ordinance of the church and encouraged the believers to be faithful to their devotion to Christ. Our lives would be set free from all confusion, controversies and clutter once we understand the supremacy of Christ and how we are accountable of our life to Him. It appears to be that there were a lot of issues with regard to headship and submission in the church. We have a problem in submission if we don’t understand the mission of Christ. Our mission in life is to be what God wants us to be. He wants us to be confirmed to the image of His Son. So in a church setting, people should not walk in a manner dishonouring the sources of authority. 

Our body is an example of what I would term as "cooperative submission" . Our mind causes our body to act and the organs work in tandem. The head is the source and the organs work together submissive to the order of creation. There is no superiority or inferiority complex here. As God has ordained, the authority structure flows from Christ who is the head of every man. The man functions in accordance to Christ and represents Him in every way of life. The head of the wife in a family is the Christ like husband so that she grows up to be more like the Lord. Thus a family unit becomes filled with the fulness of God.The head of Christ is God. It's not a weakness to be submissive. The world has twisted the word submission and have created a negative image around it. Yet in the context of the church and family - there is a grace in submission and when we are submitted to Godly design and authority there is victory!

For further reading: Colossians 1:18, Ephesians 5:20-23