July 20, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
God’s Authority-Part Two
God created angels, and many of them rebelled against Him. He created man, and man rebelled against Him. He chose the nation of Israel to be His people, but the people of Israel rebelled against Him. Then, in the fullness of time, God sent His Son into the world. We know that the Lord Jesus came to die for our sins, but He also came to reestablish the principle of obedience to God. Jesus said, "For I came down from heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent Me." (John 6:38).
Point #1 Jesus Christ is God
Before He came into the world, He shared the same glory and authority as the Father. But when He came into this world, He gave up His place of glory. He humbled Himself to become a man. The Bible says, "Who, being in the form of God…made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men." (Philippians 2:6-7)
What kind of man was Jesus? He was a man who was totally obedient to God. Never once did He disobey God. Never once did He resist God's authority while He was here on earth. The principle of His life was the principle of obedience. Jesus said, "I always do those things that please Him." (John 8:29)…
In the Garden of Gethsemane, as the Lord Jesus thought about bearing our sins on the cross, He prayed, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless not as I will, but as You will." (Matthew 26:39) Since it was the Father's will that He die on the cross for our sins, He willingly obeyed His Father. There has never been a more wonderful sight in the universe than that of the Son of God being obedient unto death. The Bible says, "And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:8)…
Because Christ humbled Himself and was obedient unto death, God the Father raised Him from the dead and exalted Him to the very throne of the universe. The Bible says, "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name." (Philippians 2:9)
This man, Jesus Christ, has been given all authority in Heaven and in earth. He has become the Head of a new race—the children of God. Just as He lived His life by the principle of obedience, so we are to live our life by this same principle.
Point #2 Two Principles in the World: Rebellion
The Bible speaks of "the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience." (Ephesians 2:2) That spirit is the spirit of Satan himself and it manifests itself in rebellion against God and against His Son. This attitude of the world is expressed in Psalm 2:2, "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed." (Psalm 2:2) This heart attitude of rebellion against God and His authority expresses itself in lawlessness. The Bible says that the world will become more and more lawless as we approach the end of this age…
Many who profess to be Christians have never repented of their sins. They are still living lives by the principle of rebellion and they will not be accepted by Christ. The Lord Jesus said,
"Not every one who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name have cast out devils? And in Your name have done many wonderful works?' And then will I profess unto them, 'I never knew you: depart from Me, you who work iniquity (you who are lawless.)'" (Matthew 7:21-23)
Point #3 Two Principles in the World: Obedience
We are here to uphold God's authority. In our unsaved condition, we were rebellious and disobedient. But when God saved us, He made it possible for us to live our new life by the principle of obedience. The Lord Jesus Christ, the obedient One, now lives in us. The Bible says, "Do you not know yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you…?" (2 Corinthians 13:5). Because we have the Lord Jesus living in us, we have the power to obey God. But our obedience is not automatic. It was not automatic in the life of the Lord Jesus. He chose to live His life by the principle of obedience. And we must choose to live our life by the principle of obedience. The Bible says, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 2:5)