Eternal Submission of the Son?
There's been a lot of back & forth in Blogdom on the subject of "submission" lately ... eternal submission (or subordination) of the Son, to the Father. I think I'd like to weigh in on that, albeit I'm speaking only as a layman who doesn't like "canned answers".
It seems that some want to use the Biblical reference to God being the Head of Christ, and the reference of the man being the head of the woman, to cause a general drift toward some perceived biblical mandate that women be eternally submissive to men.
As a totally gratuitous aside, good luck with that, guys; sounds to me like a pretty good recipe for CELIBACY!
I am nowhere NEAR educated enough, qualified, or smart enough to exigete, or parse(if one of those is the right term) the word "head" in that passage, and besides, Paul Burleson already did a good job of that. Well, come to think of it, my saying that about Paul's dissertation is about like my saying Alabama Power's Farley Nuclear Plant is in good working order. But it looks good to me, anyway, and this much I do know:
1) Jesus' will .. as a man walking around Earth, in human flesh, was NOT to die. Not to go through the crucifixion and the "separation" He knew would follow. He asked His Father to let that cup pass Him by, but then He denied His own will by saying "..not My will but Thine."
The Baptist Faith and Message says, of Jesus, that He "....(took) upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin." If, in His human body, He'd wanted to die, I don't see that as identifying completely with mankind.
2) It seems to me that, for me to submit to your will, my will must be different. If you were to order me to eat one of Peg's BBQ Corned Beef sandwiches, I'd do it, but I wouldn't be submitting to YOUR (or ANYBODY'S) will ... I'm ALWAYS ready to do THAT! But, if Peg asked me to eat a mountain oyster sandwich, doing so would be a REAL act of submission.
3) The way I see it, Jesus is in heaven now, and the crucifixion is over. He said it was finished, and I believe it. So ... I see no way His will would be different from God's will, now; lacking that, where's the subordination?
4) In Hebrews 1:8, God calls Jesus "God". The word is Theos. I think that means Jesus is GOD.
Hence, I don't see any way Jesus The Son must be "eternally submissive"... or subordinate ... to the Father. And there is simply no need.
What I can see, though, is why men would certainly like to see that in scripture. But I don't buy it.
ps. If my logic is all wacko, please refer to the above link to Paul Burleson's blog, with this thought in mind:
What he said.