AUTHORITY

Just seeing the title in all caps is something that stirs the emotions. When people hear the word authority all kinds of feelings arise. How you feel about authority will determine your reaction when you hear or see that word. If you really want to get people emotionally charged, talk about total authority or absolute authority.

In our society, we have been taught to question authority, to not trust authority, to defy authority, and even to subvert authority-all in the name of personal freedom and individuality. While I am not going to get into the arguments for or against the former statement, I will say that all of us submit to some kind of authority, even if it is our own.

For the believer in Jesus Christ, authority is something that we must submit ourselves to on a daily basis. Jesus, our prime example is the perfect example, of submission to authority. On a number of occasions, He stated that He did not come to earth to do His own will (His own thing) but to do the will of the Father (the One who sent Him).

Is it even conceivable to think that we should attempt to live the Christian life without the authority of the Father ruling us? Would it not be a total contradiction to say that we are Christians and do not live under the authority of God or His Word. To truly be followers of Christ, we need to understand that we must submit to the authority of the Father, and that happens by submitting to the authority of the Bible.

 

2 Timothy 3:14-17

14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

The Bible tells us that if you are a person who is submitted to the authority of the Bible in your life you will do the following:

 

  • You will continue. No matter how long you have been a Christian, you must continue to submit to the authority of the Bible in your life. Too many folks think that just because they have been faithful in the past, they are guaranteed to be faithful in the future. Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

  • You will follow. You will follow those who have the Bible as the authority of their lives. All of us have influences in our lives. The issue is not if we have influences but what kind. For the Christian, we should have the influence of those who daily submit themselves to the Bible as the authority in their lives.

When you hear or read the word authority, what comes to mind?

What are the tangible ways that you are daily submitting to the authority of the Bible in your life ( i.e. marriage, job, finances)?

When do you have the hardest time submitting to the authority of the Bible in your life? What do you do to submit, even though it is hard?

 

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George Riddell
Husband of a wonderful wife, Father of two terrific girls, Pastor of Open Bible Baptist Church

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