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All Authority Belongs to God

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Romans 13:1

When Paul wrote this he obviously had every Christian person in mind, since he was writing to Christians. Nevertheless, what he says here about our conduct towards all authority also applies to the unsaved, because God has specifically placed all authority figures in our lives whether governmental or not. Obviously, unless that authoritive figure is asking you to break the law, or to be a part of some injustice we should submit.

Sadly, the world we live in today shows little respect for authority. However, within the church this should not be so. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” The sovereign control that Jesus possess exists in every area within humanity simply because He Himself has allowed it. Daniel the prophet said, “God removes kings and raises up kings.” So, not only does God’s authority reside in every area of life, but again, God Himself places the person in that specific place of authority or leadership.

Whether President of the United States, Governor, Police Officer, Supervisor at work, Senior Pastor, husbands with wives and wives with husbands, we do not always stand in complete agreement, but are called to submit as unto the Lord just as Jesus did in the garden. “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from me; Yet not my will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22) Subjection or submission involves placing oneself under the authority of another and doing or not doing what the authority requires with the right attitude. Unlike young rebellious Johnny in the classroom who was told multiple times by his weary teacher, “Johnny for the 5th time please take your seat.” Young Johnny replied, “I’ll sit, but in my heart, I’m still standing! “

God has established three institutions to control life in our present dispensation: the family, the government, and the church. In each institution there are appointed authorities to whom we need to submit for God’s will to go forward. Refusing to submit to these is refusing to submit to God, because all authority belongs to Him!

Lord bless you,
Pastor Jack Jimenez

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