The Blessings For Those Who Submit To Authority
God promises rewards to those who submit to authority. The following Bible verses reveal that this concept affects many areas of life.
Things will be well with you.
“Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with a promise: That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest be long lived upon earth. ” (Ephesians 6:2–3).
You will have a long life.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is just. Honor thy father and mother . . . that . . . thou mayest be long lived upon earth” (Ephesians 6:1–3).
You will bring delight to the Lord.
“Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord ” (Colossians 3:20).
You will avoid fear of condemnation.
“For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good: and thou shalt have praise from the same. For he is God's minister to thee, for good. But if thou do that which is evil, fear: for he beareth not the sword in vain. For he is God's minister: an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil. ” (Romans 13:3–4).
You will maintain a good conscience.
“Wherefore be subject of necessity, not only for wrath, but also for conscience' sake.” (Romans 13:5).
You will bring joy to your authorities.
“Obey them that have the rule over you, and be subject to them. For they watch as being to render an account of your souls; that they may do this with joy, and not with grief. For this is not expedient for you.” (Hebrews 13:17).
You will receive God’s reward.
“Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to indignation, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not serving to the eye, as pleasing men, but in simplicity of heart, fearing God. Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:18–24).
You will avoid blaspheming God and His Word through rebellion.
“Whosoever are servants under the yoke, let them count their masters worthy of all honour; lest the name of the Lord and his doctrine be blasphemed. ” (I Timothy 6:1).
You will be given clear direction.
“My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. Bind them in thy heart continually, and put them about thy neck. When thou walkest, let them go with thee: when thou sleepest, let them keep thee; and when thou awakest, talk with them.” (Proverbs 6:20–22).
You will be protected from evil people.
“Because the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:That they may keep thee from the evil woman, and from the flattering tongue of the stranger. ” (Proverbs 6:23–24).
You will gain discernment.
“A fool laugheth at the instruction of his father: but he that regardeth reproofs shall become prudent. ” (Proverbs 15:5).
You will receive praise from your authorities.
“Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling; Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good: ” (I Peter 2:13–14).
You will honor those whom God has placed in authority over you.
“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you: That you esteem them more abundantly in charity, for their work's sake. Have peace with them. ” (I Thessalonians 5:12–13).
You will escape the destruction of pride.
“But they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but serve them the rather, because they are faithful and beloved, who are partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to that doctrine which is according to godliness, He is proud, knowing nothing, but sick about questions and strifes of words; from which arise envies, contentions, blasphemies, evil suspicions,” (I Timothy 6:2–4).
You will receive the grace God gives to the humble.
“In like manner, ye young men, be subject to the ancients. And do you all insinuate humility one to another, for God resisteth the proud, but to the humble he giveth grace. Be you humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation: Casting all your care upon him, for he hath care of you.” (I Peter 5:5–7).