Under Authority...

And God made the two great lights - the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night - and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. (Ge 1:16-18)

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Mtt 6:10)

On the fourth day God set the pattern for his kingdom authority on the earth in the heavens for all to see. The sun and the moon were not just there to give light and to mark the days and nights, but they were put in position to rule and to govern. And so everything in creation on the earth was done under the display of God's kingdom authority.

This shows another reoccuring theme of scripture, that the kingdom of God is all about God's delegated authority, and that nothing is established in the kingdom except if it is under the authority which God has put in place.

In each sphere and area of life God has established a line of authority which traces back to himself. To reflect the creative nature of God and establish something lasting in his kingdom, what we build must be done under the authority which God has put in place. In the nations God has raised up governments and rulers. In the family he has given the position of rule to fathers and mothers. In the church to apostles and elders. There is no authority on the earth which God himself has not put in place, for all true authority derives from him.

To bring God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, we first bring ourselves under the authority which God has put in place.


Katie Peak said...

Very good Chris! I had to read this entry a couple of times to let it sink in,and grasp what you were saying but I see your point now and fully agree. Another key to kingdom living and kingdom advancement!

Anonymous said...

the sorry thing is when leaders does not see when god removes their authority.like saul he lost his authority long before he accepted it.
also God gives authority you cannot take it.
there is a difference in his kingdom and in the world.
serve dont rule jesus says