“Authority & Power – He Has It”

Posted: September 22, 2012 in 1 Corinthians, Christian Life, Cults, Death, God's Will, Government

   There is a lot of confusion in the minds of many people regarding the true and living God.  Is He one or three?  Is Jesus Christ God or a god inferior to God the Father?  Was Jesus Michael the archangel before He came to earth?  Are Jesus and Lucifer brothers?  Is Mary, the mother of Jesus a fourth person in the Godhead?  Is she more sympathetic than Jesus and should we pray to her?  Is she another mediator between God and man? 

     One God –Three Persons.  Assuming that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) who exists as three persons (Genesis 1:26; Proverbs 30:4; Matthew 28:19), let’s try to understand what God’s Word says about them in their relationship to each other. (We limit ourselves to the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments.  Other cults add to the Scriptures and are in danger of God’s judgment. Revelation 22:18, 19)

     Comprehension.  Since we are finite beings who are limited by time and space, we cannot really comprehend eternal existence.  Furthermore, the natural, unsaved man and the carnal Christian will think the following information to be foolish (1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4).  Those believers who are rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (the Divine teacher and illuminator – 1 John 2:27) have the potential to understand this information.

     God.  He is declared in the Scriptures to be eternal; He has no beginning or end (Deuteronomy 32:27).  God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are also said to be eternal (1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 9:14).  All three persons share the same Divine essence and nature.  They all have these attributes:  goodness, righteousness, omnipotence, omniscience, truth, holiness, and love.

     Relationships.  In eternity past, the three Persons in the Godhead shared a horizontal relationship with each other.  During time the relationships have changed from a horizontal relationship to a vertical relationship.  One or more of them would be submissive to the other persons in the God head (To be explained later.)  When eternity future begins, the horizontal relationship will be resumed (1 Corinthians 15:28; Revelation 21:1).

     Council Meeting.  Before creating the heavens and the earth, spirit beings and human beings (Genesis 1:1, 26; Colossians 1:15, 16), the three Persons in the Godhead got together to discuss what they would like to do. Many options were available to them (Matthew 11:21-24). Then it was agreed that One of them would come to the earth where sinful men lived.  This Person would reveal to human beings and spirit beings what God was/is like (John 1:1-18; Ephesians 3:10).  Knowing that mankind would rebel against Him (John 1:11), the Son of God – the Lord Jesus Christ (who shared/shares an absolute equality with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit – Colossians 2:9), volunteered to come (Hebrews 10:9) and to be sent by God the Father to this earth to glorify the Father (John 3:16; 17:4).  One of the ways He did this was by living a sinless life Himself and then by dying as a perfect substitute for the sins of all men everywhere – past, present, and future (John 1:29; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 2:2). 

     Resurrection/Ascension.  After rising bodily from the dead, Jesus went back to heaven in full view of His disciples (Acts 1:9).  At that time God the Father exalted Him and gave Him all authority and power to carry out the rest of God’s plan known as the “Decree” (Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 2:9-11; Ephesians 1:22, 23).  The Father exempted Himself and did not become submissive to God the Son (1 Corinthians 15:27).  Then Jesus, the God-man, sent God the Holy Spirit to earth to be our Helper and to indwell all Christians (John 14:16, 17; 15:26).  Our bodies are His temple (1 Corinthians 6:19).

     Things To Come.  Once God’s plan has been accomplished and Jesus has subdued His enemies, reigned for 1,000 years on earth, and raised all the dead (Revelation 19:20; 20:1-15), He will turn all His authority over to God the Father who will reestablish a horizontal relationship among the Persons in the Godhead (1 Corinthians 15:28).

     Submission.  It carries with it the idea of putting yourself at the disposal of another person so you can receive benefit from him.  During time, God has a plan or “chain of command” for believers (1 Corinthians 11:3).  Without it there would be disorder and more chaos in our world.

     Glory.  As God the Son came to earth to glorify His Father (John 17:4) so we should glorify God in everything we do (1 Corinthians 10:31).  Jesus always obeyed His Father and did His will (Hebrews 10:9).  Do you know that “…rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” (1 Samuel 15:23)?

     Questions.  If you are a true child of God, have you submitted to the authority of God (Romans 12:1, 2), the government (Romans 13:1ff), your husband, parents, employer (Ephesians 5:22; 6:1-9; 1 Peter 3:1-7), Pastor (Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:1-5), teachers, and other spiritual leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:11, 12)?  They exist, like an umbrella, for our safety.

     Humility.  Have you humbled yourself before God and placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the grave?  If not, why not receive Him now before it’s eternally too late (John 1:12)?

      Prayer. Will you, like Jesus, say to God the Father, “Not my will, but Your will, be done” (Luke 22:42)?  They hymn writer said it well – “Not what I wish to be, nor where I wish to go, / For who am I that I should choose my way? / The Lord shall choose for me, tis better far I know, / So let Him bid me go, or stay.” – Austin Miles.  Those Christians who are habitually being led by God the Holy Spirit are the maturing sons of God (Romans 8:14).

     Help.  If you need spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  These articles usually correspond to our talks on Sundays and can be heard on the Internet.

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