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AUTHORITY

 

By

 

Micah T. Thompson

 

BIBLE DOCTRINE III

 

Heritage Baptist College

 

Dr. WIEGLE

 

DECEMBER 5, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AUTHORITY

           

The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience: he had absolute authority over his subordinates. This is the definition given to us by our standard dictionary. Authority translated in the Greek is “exousia” not to be referred to by the physical coercion or the self-exerting energy exhausting strength. All authority could be characterized as either intrinsic or delegated. Intrinsic authority is dominion one exercises because it is innate in that person. Because HE is GOD and Creator of the universe, GOD has sovereignty and dominion over all. Only the triune GOD who is Omnipotent, the GOD who is Omnipresent, the GOD who is Omniscient has purely intrinsic Authority and power. Delegated authority is given from one who has intrinsic authority to one serving in an office or carrying out a function. Delegate authority is not in itself innately or inherently authoritative, it is authority derived from one whose authority is intrinsic. All… authority belongs to GOD! All authority is derived from HIM. Our LORD JESUS CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT has the same intrinsic authority as GOD the FATHER because they are all coequal with GOD. (John 1:1 in the beginning was the word, and the word was with GOD, and the word was GOD, John 10:30 I and MY FATHER are one.) GOD has given JESUS authority over all things in heaven and earth. Matthew 28:18 And JESUS came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto ME in heaven and in earth. Here the Bible tells us about the great commission which the LORD JESUS received HIMSELF from the FATHER. CHRIST now is about to send HIS disciples out into the world as HIS Ambassador’s. So HE is about to give them their cridentials. So if any should asked by what authority HE doeth it, and who gave HIM that authority, here HE tells us, All power is given unto ME in heaven and in earth, A word in which none but HE could say. Here HE asserts HIS universal dominion as Mediator, which is the great foundation of faith. HE has all the power. Since all authority is derived from GOD, we as Christians and all people created in the image of GOD should submit to HIS will and the authority HE has established. Structured authority is essential in any human relationships. Christian’s values are essential to the growth of our relationship with CHRIST and our walk with HIM. The Bible is authoritatively inspired. The LORD made the statement; and the Scripture cannot be broken. We asked ourselves this     question. What does this means? Simply that the Scripture cannot be emptied of its authority, The only way it could fail to have complete authority would be if it were erroneous, but CHRIST said here that it is both authoritative and inerrant. One aspect that is continually reinforced through the Bible is the authority of GOD over HIS creation. This concept of reality and absolutely infallible inerrant truth is so misunderstood in our secular society today. The world today acts like a rebellious teenager. Thinking it knows everything and is above reproach or judgment. Our society prides itself in its analytical reasoning. It is constantly attempting to building a moral code of conduct and defining the acceptable way of life.

              The catastrophic and Biblical theological nightmare in this course of existence is the impending wrath of GOD and judgment upon all those who are lost. We see today in some many neighborhoods around our homes, around our schools, and around our cities. Our children are being lost to a secular society that is basically or literally influencing them. Through television, computers, cell phones, laptops, radio, IPods, and any method of communication it can use to reach them with. In the book of Romans, GOD gives us a view of HIS behavioral morals....
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