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The Authority and Submission of Love

Authority & Submission of Love (The)1. Introduction: The Fact of Authority

No one could read the Bible without being struck by the fact of authority within it. Without doubt there is what we may call an hierarchy of personal authorities. The first pages of Genesis talk of two great lights, 'the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.' These pages depict man as made in the image of God, so that God says to man, 'Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.' In this statement we see that God has authority over the sun and moon, and man, and of course all that He has created.'

As we proceed we see that for certain reasons man is to rule woman, and that all creatures are to dread man. Dominion or authority seems to have taken a somewhat different turn, but it is there. We very soon find kings and other authorities such as elders of the people. We soon discover a heavenly hierarchy, that is to say a special angel of the Lord, archangels, and angels of lower orders. There are other celestial creatures such as the four living creatures, cherubim and seraphim, and the like. On the earthly level we find that the father in the realm of humanity is head of his family. His wife is subject to him, and the children subject to the father. There is even an hierarchy amongst the children, the oldest son having precedence over the rest of the family, and even there authority is in order of birth.

With a little research we discover that the system of creation, both heavenly and earthly, is composed of a well-defined hierarchical order, commencing with God at the top and grading down to the humblest creature at the bottom. We discover, for example, that certain angels are called 'principalities and powers [authorities]'. This must mean that they have princedoms and areas or situations over which they rule. We find in chapters such as Romans 13 and I Peter 2 that obedience to all authorities is enjoined, where our own experience of some such authorities does not encourage us to do this, for they are often corrupt and cruelly dictatorial. Even so this order is insisted upon.

What then is the principle of authority from the Biblical point of view, and what is it all about? We will try to find some of the answers to our questions.

Authority & Submission of Love (The)

Geoffrey Bingham

by Rev. Geoffrey Bingham

Subject: Authority

Book Code: 007

Pages: 23 pp, Booklet

Pub. Date: 1982

ISBN: 0 94985 199 X

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