HOW AUTHORITY WORKS

The Centurion knew!  Jesus offered to go to his house to pray for his servant. He responded, Lord, I don’t deserve to have You in my house. And, in truth, I know You don’t need to be with my servant to heal him. Just say the word, and he will be healed. That, after all, is how authority works. My troops obey me whether I am next to them or not—similarly, this sickness will obey You.

Jesus was stunned by the depth of the officer’s faith. He said to His followers: “This is the plain truth: I have not met a single person in Israel with as much faith as this officer.”[1]

The Centurion knew and understood that his authority was to be exercised within his apportioned metron, the measure of rule/sphere of influence that was assigned to him by the one to whom he answered.

Paul also understood:

We will not boast beyond our measure, but within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you.[2] 

Surely, Peter knew his portion, his sphere of responsibility:

Once a man named Ananias, with his wife Sapphira fully cooperating, committed fraud. He sold some property and kept some of the proceeds, but he pretended to make a full donation to the Lord’s emissaries.

Peter said:  “Ananias, have you allowed Satan to influence your lies to the Holy Spirit and hold back some of the money? Look, it was your property before you sold it, and the money was all yours after you sold it. Why have you concocted this scheme in your heart? You weren’t just lying to us; you were lying to God.”

Ananias heard these words and immediately dropped to the ground, dead; fear overcame all those who heard of the incident.[3]

  • The fear of the LORD isthe beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.[4]
  • Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ.[5]

“All authority (all power of rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to [Christ].”[6]

GO THEREFORE AND TEACH THEM TO OBEY

Jesus Himself was a man under the authority of His Father.  The twelve apostles of the Lamb were men under His authority.

The epistles are heavy laden with essential truths concerning divine order and the resulting rest and peace of being a people ordered by God, under authority, with the delegated authority to extend His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.  Being divinely ordered as functional parts of the one body is essential to being God’s governing ekklesia in every jurisdiction.

People want to pray, to intercede, to be salt, light, and influence civil governments. In the west in particular, many look to the political arena for their hope of relief from oppression and advancement for the cause of Christ.  However, we are bound to mediocrity by our failures to understand how authority works.

An honest evaluation of the church’s influence in this generation should cause us to wonder what will work.

We must first come into alignment as a singular body, the actual incarnation of Christ in each community before God will release His full authority.  I believe that the ekklesia will be the functioning government in the new heaven/earth reality.

With immense pleasure, He laid out His intentions through Jesus, a plan that will climax when the time is right as He returns to create order and unity—both in heaven and on earth—when all things are brought together under the Anointed’s royal rule.[7]

Here’s a statement you can trust: If we died with Him, we will live with Him. If we remain with Him, we will reign alongside Him.[8]

John was inspired to write concerning the new song sung by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders:

You are worthy to receive the scroll, to break its seals, because You were slain. With Your blood, You redeemed for God people from every tribe and language, people from every race and nation. You have made them a kingdom; You have appointed them priests to serve our God, and they will rule upon the earth.”[9]

The Anointed One, our Liberating King, didn’t call Himself but was appointed to His priestly office by God, who said to Him, You are My Son. Today I have become Your Father [adopted You because you are mature].

Although He was a Son, Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered. And once He was perfected through that suffering He became the way of eternal salvation for all those who hear and follow Him.[10]

So let’s push on toward a more perfect understanding and move beyond just the basic teachings of the Anointed One. There’s no reason to rehash the fundamentals: repenting from what you loved in your old dead lives, believing in God as our Creator and Redeemer, teaching about baptism, setting aside those called to service through the ritual laying on of hands, the coming resurrection of those who have died, and God’s final judgment of all people for all time.  No, we will move on toward perfection, if God wills it.[11]

It’s clear that Jesus wanted His people to grow and mature in faith, to come into divine order through the knowledge of and obedience to His will.

God has meticulously put this body together; He placed each part in the exact place to perform the exact function He wanted.[12] 

Be subject to one another in the fear of Christ[13] according to God’s revealed order.

This is how authority works—according to divine placement.  This is how the ekklesia will come into her eternal governmental rule.

Obey your spiritual leaders and submit to them [continually recognizing their authority over you], for they are constantly keeping watch over your souls and guarding your spiritual welfare, as men who will have to render an account [of their trust]. [Do your part to] let them do this with gladness and not with sighing and groaning, for that would not be profitable to you [either].[14]

[1] Matthew 8:8-10 The Voice (VOICE)

[2] 2 Corinthians 10:13

[3] Acts 5;1-5 The Voice (VOICE)

[4] Proverbs 1:7

[5] Ephesians 5:21

[6] Matthew 28:18

  [7] Ephesians 1:9-10 The  Voice (VOICE)

  [8] 2 Timothy 2:11-12 The Voice (VOICE)

  [9] Revelation 5:9-10

[10] Hebrews 5:5-10 The Voice (VOICE) + commentary

[11] Hebrews 5:5, 8; 6:1-3  The Voice (VOICE)

[12] 1 Corinthians 12:18 The Voice (VOICE)

[13] Ephesians 5:21

[14] Hebrews 13:17 AMPC

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