1: About Authority
Posted: Friday, April 25th, 2014Print
About Our God Reigns Series
Martha's thorough and definitive series on one of the most pivotal spiritual issues, and one of the most misunderstood: Authority.
One of the most misunderstood,
twisted and abused doctrines of
Christianity is the subject of authority.
It is a neglected study.
It is an excuse for tyranny.
The church that purports to be of Jesus, is one which today functions as Apostate Israel: “each one doing what is right in his own eyes.” True authority as God ordained it, is scarcely to be found.
The Divine Order of authority is clear in scripture. We don’t like it so we build a self-reasoned case against it. But it stands . . . as an eternal doctrine and a practical guide to God’s will.
Authority is going to outlast us all
and in the end, weigh us in its balance.
Authority is the supreme test of faith and the fountain of faith as well.
Human authority is the shadow of the Father. He is the unseen presence behind earth’s rulers and hides His issues within its order. He knows us entirely and the ancestral iniquity in our bones. He places us in the boiling crucible of authority where our flaws will rise to the surface and cry for release. And the test is whether we will let life’s rulers kill our rot by fire . . . or flee the flames and keep the disease.
Authority is the supreme test of faith. Is God, God? Can a human rule me?
Ruin me? God is God . . . and God of gods. Yes, God can give me into the hands of a brutal controller. He did so with idolatrous Israel. He did so with His favorites: Joseph, Daniel, David. A human CAN rule me, and that, by God’s design.
But ruin me?
Only “I” can do that.
Copyright © 1999 Martha Blaney Kilpatrick, Our God Reigns