July 13, 2016
WOFCF Bible Explosion
God’s Authority-Part One
When God created the universe, He established a principle to govern it—the principle of authority. God Himself was the highest authority. Under God were the archangels and under the archangels were many other angels. When man was created, he too was under God's authority. Authority means the right to rule and the right to be obeyed. All authority belongs to God because He is the Creator of all things. The hosts of heaven worship Him saying, "You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, And by your will they exist and were created." (Revelation 4:11)
Point #1 The Rebellion of the Angels
Among the angels whom God created was the archangel Lucifer. He was head over all the angels. He was the most beautiful, the most powerful, and the wisest angel ever created. But a time came when this mighty angel rebelled against his Creator. He was not content with being the highest of all the angels. He wanted to take God's place. (read Isaiah 14:13-14)
Lucifer's rebellion was against God's authority. He sought to take God's place. As a result of his rebellion, he became Satan, the enemy of God and the enemy of man. One third of the angels of heaven followed Satan in his rebellion against God. These fallen angels are called "demons" or "evil spirits." Satan, along with the fallen angels, set up a kingdom opposed to God and His kingdom.
Ever since that time, there have been two kingdoms in the universe—the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Prior to Satan's revolt, every created being lived by the principle of obedience to God's authority. But Satan introduced another principle, the principle of rebellion. Rebellion is a heart attitude toward God which says, "I will do what I want to do. I will not obey You."
Point #2 The Rebellion of Man
God created the first man, Adam, and placed him in the Garden of Eden. Then God created a wife for Adam. Her name was Eve. God's arrangement was that Eve should be subject to Adam and that Adam should be subject to God Himself. Satan desired to put his spirit of rebellion into man, but he did not approach Adam first. Instead, he went to Eve and enticed her into disobeying God by eating forbidden fruit. When Adam knew what Eve had done, he too took the forbidden fruit and ate it.
The Bible says that Eve was deceived. But Adam was not deceived. He chose to disobey God. Adam followed Satan in his rebellion against God. He said in his heart,"I will do what I want to do." By the rebellion of Adam, sin entered the world. Adam passed his rebellious nature on to his children and to the whole world. Thereafter, rebellion became a principle in the heart of man. The Bible says, "We have turned every one to his own way." (Isaiah 53:6) This is why the Bible refers to unsaved people as "children of disobedience."
After the flood, God established laws and ordained human government. He gave men the authority to enforce His laws. God did this for the protection of mankind. People were so sinful and rebellious that, without some form of government, it would not have been possible to control evil. It was God who instituted capital punishment. He wanted men to see the seriousness of taking another person's life. (read Genesis 9:6)
Point #3 The Failure of Israel (Genesis 18:19)
Later, God chose Abraham to be the head of a race of people who would be called God's people. God wanted a people who would be obedient to Him in the midst of the rebellious human race. Abraham is known for his great faith, but he was also a man who obeyed God's authority. Abraham's descendants became the nation of Israel, God's chosen people. It was God's purpose that His people be obedient to Him and establish His authority on the earth.
God intended that, through the nation of Israel, all the people on earth would come to know Him. But the people of Israel were disobedient and rebellious. God had to discipline them many times. Eventually God allowed their nation to be destroyed because of their continued disobedience. Those who were not killed were taken as slaves and dispersed throughout the world.
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