The secret of the mystery. Part 217. The mystery behind Christian marriage. Part 10.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

That is authority on the part of the man and honor and respect on the part of the woman.

The Doctrine Of Authority.
Point 1. Authority and Human Volition.

Authority = the power to command, to judge, or to act. Authority or authorities applies to persons having legal power to make and enforce the law, to make policy, or to make decisions.

Authority is also an accepted source of information, as in the case of the authority of the pastor-teacher to provide doctrinal or theological information from the scripture.

Under the laws of divine establishment, authority is defined as that legal power, delegated by God, whereby certain persons have jurisdiction and responsibility for others.

a. Legitimate authority is established according to scripture.

For example: the laws of the land.
Or in accordance with established rules, principles, or standards.

1) The temporal realm - the laws of divine establishment.

a) Freedom is the right of self-determination from human volition apart from violation of law or authority.
b) Privacy is the right to hold opinions, make decisions, and engage in actions which do not interfere with the rights of others.

c) The sacredness of property and life.
d) Enforcement of law, which is the guardian of freedom, privacy, property, and life.

2) In the spiritual realm - under the spiritual laws for the function of a particular dispensation.

PSA 119:45 “I will walk in freedom; for I seek your doctrines.”
GAL 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Keep standing fast, and do not become entangled again in the yoke of slavery [living in the cosmic system].

Illegitimate authority is illegal, unlawful authority, generally established by unlawful or illegal force, the attainment of power without the lawful right to possess that power.

Illegitimate authority is that authority established by Satan through the function of the cosmic system.

Illegitimate authority is delegated by Satan as the ruler of this world in three categories: Tyranny, False doctrine, and power struggles.

Point 2. Realms of Authority.
God has delegated authority through His mandates in both the Old Testament and the New. DEU 11:27; 1SA 15:22; JER 11:4,7; ZEC 6:15.

God has authority over nature, and nature obeys God, MAT 8:27;
MAR 4:41; LUK 8:25; ROM 8:20-22.

MAT 8:27 and the men marveled, saying, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

LUK 8:25 And they were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
Angels are subject to divine authority,
MAR 1:27; 1PE 3:22.

MAR 1:27 And they were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

1PE 3:22 Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

The pastor-teacher and church officers have authority over the congregation in the local church, 1CO 16:15-6;
2CO 10:8; 1TH 5:12; HEB 13:7,17; ISA 54:17.

2CO 10:8 For even if I should boast somewhat further about our authority, which the Lord gave for building you up and not for destroying you, I shall not be put to shame,

1TH 5:12 But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction,

Government has authority over its people to protect the sanctity of their freedom, property, and human life,
1TI 2:1-2.

The husband has authority over the wife. The husband’s authority over his wife provides great happiness in category two love, EPH 5:22; COL 3:18.

Parents have authority over children, EPH 6:1; COL 3:20.

Authority in business stabilizes the economy, EPH 6:5; COL 3:22.

Freedom through military victory is based on the principle of the authority of military rank, NEH 4:13-15.

Law enforcement over citizens, ROM 13:1-7.

Freedom without authority is chaos.
Authority without freedom is enslavement.

Freedom includes the right of privacy, the right of self-determination, the right to hold your own opinions, and the sacredness of property and life.

It is inevitable that arrogance will challenge any legitimate system of authority.

The one thing in life that makes it possible for people to have blessing, freedom, privacy, and happiness in life is authority, and that includes authority in marriage.

The fall was rejection of authority.
The woman rejected the authority of God and Bible doctrine and accepted the authority of Satan.

She also rejected the authority of her right man.
When the man accepted the authority of the woman he threw his delegated authority away.

a. Self-determination is the authority of your own soul with emphasis on your volition.
With freedom to make decisions comes responsibility.

b. Marriage is the authority of the husband over the wife, EPH 5:22; COL 3:18.
c. Family is the authority of the parents over the children, EPH 6:1-3; COL 3:20.
d. Nationalism is the authority of government over the citizens of that nation.

a. The function of the soul with emphasis on thought, motive, and decision.
b. The existence of privacy as the environment for freedom and self-determination.

c. The right to possess property; to enjoy, benefit, or make profit from things acquired.
d. Authority - the power delegated by God to command, to train, to teach, or to act as an agent for a principle.
e. Human life - man must possess human life to exercise his rights and functions under the concept of freedom.

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