All Authority from God, Part 2
Our righteousness comes from through faith in Jesus. What do we have to believe about Jesus to be righteous?
There are several things, but perhaps one of the most important things is Jesus relationship to his Father in Heaven, to his God and our God, to his Father and our Father. He was a son. Now to understand that we have to understand the relationship be-tween a father and son in those days, because today the relation-ship is not what it used to be. Then the father was the head of the family. He was in charge, we know this from God, and we know this from various other people in the Bible.
Noah was the head of his family; Abraham was the head of his family. Noah for example, was not only the head of the family, the patriarch, (from the Latin pater, father) but he also was the ruler of the family. The father being in charge of the family, his sons were under his authority. Therefore, whatever Noah said was the law. When he made an agreement with God about things that he was to do as the head of his family, and of the existent government then, all the people on earth, his family, must legally adhere to that agreement.
Therefore, he was the head of all government on earth, and that agreement with God was subsequently incumbent on all other governments that followed him. All governments on Earth legally must fulfill the terms of the agreement: to execute murderers, to maintain marriage and to cultivate the earth, i.e., be in charge of the plants and animals.
Jesus is His Fathers son and therefore he is under Gods authority. Remember, God is in complete authority over every-thing in the universe. He created it. It is His; He owns it. There-fore, He has all authority, and He can share his authority. For example, he gave man authority over the plants and animals on earth, and He gave Jesus authority since all authority comes from the Father.
Now, of course, throughout history, very few people obeyed His authority; you can note them in the Bible. Moreover, in some cases, close to one hundred percent of them, missed the mark here and there. However, they obeyed for the most part, from Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and David to Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel. These people were under Gods authority because they chose to be under His authority as much as they could. Jesus also was under God authority.
This concept is important, because we must always remember that God is in charge. There is no other. While He allows people to choose, there are consequences to peoples choices. He will not force people because they are not an automatons, but rather living, breathing individuals. God breathed into us the breath of life, which He did for no one else or nothing else in creation. He breathed into them the breath of life, which included the ability to speak language.
Therefore, God made us a special creation and gave us a special life beyond anything else in creation. That life, our breath or spirit, allows us to understand language the way He does; He made in His image, in the image of God. Without language we could not understand that God is in authority.
Of course, we know, to reiterate, that Adam refused to subject himself to Gods authority, and instead he put himself under Satans authority. Satan, remember, has authority only because people on earth choose to follow what he says. He has no authority intrinsically. Whereas, God has authority in Himself because He is God, the Creator of the heavens and earth, and, importantly of us.
The word in the Greek for authority:
1849. exousia; from 1832; power to act, authority:
1849. exousia, ; from 1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
God has the power to act with authority, which is shown in the creation.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth
And God said let there be light. Because God has all this authority and power, He can command things, say something, and it happens.
Retuning to the creation of mankind, He created humans with free will not like mindless machines. He did not want them to be like anything else in the universe: Not like animals that have to act according to their programming in their brains. They can be modified somewhat but basically an animal will follow its programming. Daisy, our dog, when she runs will jump up into the air because she is a Springer Spaniel. That is built into her; nobody ever taught her to do that. No one teaches birds how to fly or chirp their languages to one an-other.
But to us, He has given us something special, the power to choose, to choose to be under His authority, when we are converted. We prove our liege loyalty to God by, not only in words, but also, more importantly, in deeds, what we choose to do. God gave us the power to act under His authority, to follow His Laws, to do good works and much more.
God has the power to act in authority. Lately, we have been ex-a mining righteousness through faith. What do we have to believe about Jesus to be righteous? We have to believe that he is the Son of God. That means that if Jesus is the Son of God, he was subject to God in every way. He was the perfect son; he never went outside the bounds of Gods sphere of influence of his authority, of his word, of his command. So Jesus was under Gods authority entirely and because he was under Gods authority, God did something very special for Him we can-not overstate this Jesus died for our sins, and he was resurrected as the Son of God.
Obviously, he was the Son of God all the time. He became the Son of God in a very special way, by his sacrifice, death and resurrection. He just did not have the authority given to him be-cause he was born. For example, as you know Louis the Fourteenth had a son, Louis, the Fifteenth who did not do too much. His son, Louis, the Sixteenth, brought France into chaos; he and his wife Marie Antoinette were executed. So just to have authority given from a parent is relatively meaningless unless the child lives up to the character of the parent, which does not happen too often. In this case, Jesus did. He lived up to what the Father wanted him to do completely.
The Word was made flesh. The Bible was who Jesus was; i.e., everything that God said in the Bible, Jesus did perfectly. He was the living Word of God, not just in the written Word of God. You obviously need the written Word to know what God said, to know His Mind, to have this legal document with the evidence for Gods authority. Jesus lived under Gods authority.
Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
The only way Jesus could get that authority is from the One who had the authority and to earn the authority by what he did: by saving us and by destroying, sin, sickness and death on the cross. Therefore, he is the one who received the authority.
What we are to believe about Jesus to be righteous? We have to believe that he has authority from God. In the classroom, we, the teachers, were told that we were in locus parentis, a fancy Latin term that means the teacher takes the place of the parent. In locus is used in math where locus is a certain point; therefore, Jesus is in locus parentis of Our Father in Heaven.
Jesus has authority in heaven and earth from God. This is so important because today, in the age of Pentecost, we live under the authority of God. Up until that point, people chose to live under the authority of Satan and were slaves to him because of their own volition.
Jesus has authority from God. Even though people chose Satan and continue to choose Satan as the leader, ruler and god of the earth, Jesus now in fact is the ruler of the earth. God continues to be the God of the earth. As Jesus said, I go to my God and your God and to my Father and your Father (John 20:17). Now Jesus is the ruler of earth, because God gave him the authority to rule on earth.
Certain conditions have to happen and the prophecies will show us these things. We cannot know exactly what is going to hap-pen except to know that Jesus will return. And, those who appeared to be dead will be resurrected when he returns and those who are alive will be brought into the heavens, the sky also.
God gave him All authority because God has all authority, and we are under his authority, under His aegis.
Acts 10:38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
So, we learn a little bit about how Jesus received his authority. God anointed Jesus and set him apart specially. Anointing is also used to put oil on a person, to be anointed in that respect also. Importantly, it means to be set apart personally. Nothing in the Bible shows us that Jesus was anointed in any way by oil, olive oil, for the most part. Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit; so the anointed amounts to being anointed by Gods power, the Holy Spirit, the power that gives voice to things and the power behind the word.
Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power. Jesus got his power from God and the Holy Spirit, which comes only from God. You cannot get the Holy Spirit from anyone else or any other individual or anything else in the universe, only from God.
God has to be the Supreme Being, the supreme authority in the world. What did He do with His power? He ruled with love and righteousness.
However, what would any normal human being do with power? He would abuse it and rule selfishly. I am in charge, I will tell you to do this; I will tell you to do that. I will do this. We have history of probably millions of rulers throughout the earth, and most rulers thought about themselves if they were god. Going back to Nimrod, Caesar, any of the rulers or kings in the world, they considered themselves god, the divine right of kings.
It was not until the Magna Charta that some rulers of the world were brought down, little by little actually, to the earth and were no longer gods using their power to control and rob people to gain power and amass fortunes. Today, some of the richest people in the world are the despots. Look at the likes of Ida Amin or Saddam Hussein who were enormously wealthy with palaces and Swiss bank accounts. These leaders oppressed and murdered their own people.
Jesus with the power and all the authority did not do any-thing like these people; he did the opposite. He acted more like a servant, did he not kneel down and wash his apostles feet. What King would ever do anything like that, not even David kneeled down and washed the feet of his people. Kings just do not do that. Gods authority and power is a little different from mans concept because mankind gets its concepts from Satan and Satan wants power. He wants to go back to heaven and rule in heaven. The demon, filled with pride, would never submit to Gods authority. Satan said, I would rather rule in hell than serve in heaven according to Miltons, Paradise Lost. Those who emulate Satan hate submitting to Gods authority; yet they submit themselves to Satan, who just wants to oppress all humans, like a Saddam, a Stalin or a Hitler. Satan wants all humans dead after exploiting them and convincing them, they will not die.
What did Jesus do with his power? He did good. He healed. He multiplied the loaves and fishes to feed people. He preached to people about the Kingdom of God. Of course, he turned water into wine; probably one of the greatest miracles of all.
So he went about doing good, as a servant, and he says those of you who are mine, who are going to be rulers in the kingdom, this is what you are to do: you serve; you must not expect people to serve you, you serve them. He turns the whole world upside down from Satans deceptions. Partly, why was he doing good and healing, because they were oppressed by Satan, by the devil. He went about doing good because Satan subjugated people. You see, when people chose the wrong authority, it is a very bad thing. It makes them weak as we said, and so they are oppressed; the days that people think are such great holidays and every other deception only drives them further from God. We see so many people that are oppressed by their way of life. Whether it is stealing, or murdering or just being so arrogant and rude and thinking that their looks or talent can get them whatever they want. They are oppressed by lawlessness and sin, and every once in a while we see what happens to the people who are oppressed by Satans deceptions in their lives. They are miserable people.
Jesus being God's son and receiving authority from God, to have authority over heavens and earth, does not want people to be oppressed, because God does not rule by oppression but by love. Obviously, Jesus rules by His Fathers authority in love, as well. He wants to relieve people from the oppression of sin, sickness, and death.
What we need to believe about Jesus to be righteous is that he is a kind and just ruler, not an oppressive one. And, should we not imitate him by being concerned about other people who are oppressed by the devil?
God gives us this important command:
1John 3:23 ¶ This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.
What does it mean to believe in his name? It means to believe in his position and authority. Jesus position and authority is the locus parentis, that is, to rule heaven and earth by Gods decree. He rules under God, who trusted him to be rule of the earth, be-cause Jesus proved himself. And so, we believe in the name of His Son and love one another. By following Jesus, and acting in love like him, our faith becomes the righteousness of Jesus.
Believing in Jesus takes us a momentous step forward:
John 14:12 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father.
Truly, truly means absolutely factual, absolutely true. Those who believes in Jesus, believe that he received authority from God and is the ruler that you can trust to do good for you, to be out for you and care about you. Aside from Our Father in Heaven and Jesus, very few truly care about you.
Jesus is the penultimate one who cares about us as a human being because he has been there and done that, except for sinning, of course, as we well know. He understands us, and he goes to Our Father in Heaven and tells him that he understands why we miss the mark, make mistakes. God listens to him because He cannot be a human being.
Truly, truly he says, listen, pay careful attention to this because it is the truth if you believe in Jesus. Do we believe in Jesus, do we believe in his authority? This is the commandment that we believe in his name. Do we believe in that authority?
If you believe in Jesus, the works that he does, you will do also. What does that mean: it means that that there has been at an additional transfer of authority from God through Jesus to us to give us power to do good by faith in Jesus righteousness. We cannot do good if we are sinners, but once we have been forgiven our sins, and are no longer under the authority of the demon or sins, but the authority has been transferred to Jesus, under God. Then greater works than these will we do.
We have authority by the power of the Spirit just as Jesus had the power. We have far more authority over things in our lives beyond what we can possibly understand.
We have authority from God through Jesus to do the things Jesus did if we believe in his name and his authority. God called us out to a kind of service that will relieve people from oppression of Satan as Jesus did. Further-more, we are lights by what we do, not by what we say. Saying is easy; doing is not.
Eph. 3:14 ¶ For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,
Great father in heaven has given us authority through Jesus to do far more abundantly than all we can ask or think.
In Jesus name. Amen