Paul's use of the language of submission and authority…may cause some readers to bristle. Our culture sees submission as a form of oppression. Submission, though, does not imply inferiority, nor is it inconsistent with a relationship of equality. Christ practiced submission to the Father during His earthly ministry (Luke 22:42). According to Hebrews, Jesus "learned obedience from what he suffered" (Heb. 5:8). Yet He was equal with the Father. Those who have been called to practice submission are not asked to stoop any lower than Christ.

Today in the Word, Aug. 2003, p.26