A Short Study of James 4:7

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
(James 4:7)


The natural man hates even the idea of submission. He reasons that it makes him less of a person. He demands his equal rights. But he fails to see that when he lifts himself up in pride and self-righteousness and refuses to submit to the God of all grace, he is in reality submitting to the devil (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4) whose goal is our destruction (1 Peter 5:8).

There is no shame or harm in submitting to God. It does not make us less than what we are to submit to God. It makes us more than what we are. Man’s destiny in eternal life can only be realized as he submits to God, and he can only submit to God as he submits to Christ the Lord the only way of salvation (Romans 10:1-4). In submission to God there is grace, for no man will submit to God in Christ but by sovereign grace. In submission to God there is beauty, for Christ alone is the redeemed sinner’s beauty.

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