1 Corinthians 16:16 Submit Yourselves

1 Corinthians 16:16 (KJV)
That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

Submission is the key to Christian sanctification. Yet is the most difficult of things for the believers to accept. Consider the processes of submission in the faith:
Salvation is a step of submission
It is by faith and grace, but we will not come to either until we surrender our ability to save ourselves.

Baptism is an act of submission
The physical act of allowing another to immerse us is a type of death. We give ourselves to the preacher at that moment. We are literally in his hands.

Church membership is a form of submission
We surrender our independence for the sake of a body more significant than our own.

Marriage requires submission
We tend to think the wife is to submit. However, the passage teaches mutual submission.

We are to submit to the government
And to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.

Paul asked those who had submitted to him that they also submit to those who labor and help him.

The flesh rebels against submission. However, it is this submission that serves to carve the world out of us and mold us into the image of Christ.

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1 Corinthians 16:16 Submit Yourselves

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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