1. Everyone submits to God. Everyone is expected to submit to God, to obey Him and follow Him. (Hebrews 12:9, James 4:7, Matthew 11:28-30.)

2. Everyone submits to civil authorities. The Bible is clear that we are to respect and obey civil authorities, whether it’s government, education or law enforcement. (Romans 13:1-5, 1 Peter 2:13-17)

3. Christians submit to spiritual leaders. Church members are instructed to obey and submit to their spiritual leaders. (1 Corinthians 16:16, Hebrews 13:17)

4. Wives submit to husbands. A Christian wife is instructed to respect her husband’s leadership. (Ephesians 5:22-33, Colossians 3:18-19, 1 Peter 3:1-7)

5. Children submit to parents. Children must be taught to acknowledge and respect their parents’ authority. (Ephesians 6:1-4, Colossians 3:20-21)

6. Employees submit to employers. I think we all get this; if you don’t, you won’t have a job long! (Ephesians 6:5-9, Colossians 3:22-4:1, 1 Peter 2:18)

7. Younger submit to older. The young are to respect their elders. (1 Peter 5:5)

8. Christians submit to one another. All Christians are to enjoy relationships of mutual submission with each other. (Ephesians 5:21)

That quick overview gives you an idea of what the Bible has to say on this subject of respecting the order in relationships. Yet in our text, without tossing the normal orders out the window, the apostle Paul levels the playing field. As Christians, we’re all to submit to one another. Regardless of what other relational orders we’re all used to, in the church, we are all one.  

Galatians 3:26-28 “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”