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Re-establishing God's Authority (Bible Study)

Re-establishing God's Authority (Bible Study)

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This is the first lesson in a series derived from Watchman Nee's book Spiritual Authority. The lesson contrasts the Satanic principle of rebellion to the obedience and submission of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus is the head of the church, Christians must recognize God's authority and walk in the same path as Jesus did.
This is the first lesson in a series derived from Watchman Nee's book Spiritual Authority. The lesson contrasts the Satanic principle of rebellion to the obedience and submission of Jesus Christ. Because Jesus is the head of the church, Christians must recognize God's authority and walk in the same path as Jesus did.

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Spiritual Authority
Every Christian must understand the principle of spiritual authority. The churchtoday must have two things: submission to delegated authority and a right representationof God¶s authority. This series of lessons is based on Watchman Nee¶s book 
Spiritual  Authority
.
Less
on 1: R
ees
tabli
s
hing God¶
s
 Authority
1. Wh
e
e
do
es
authority com
e
from?
What is authority? In this world, there are many different spheres of authority. Inthe classroom, the teacher has authority over students. In the workplace, the managershave authority over the employees. In legal affairs, the courts and police have authority inregard to the law. In the family, the parents have authority over children.
 Romans 13:1-2
 Eve
ryon
e
must submit hims
e
lf to th
e
go
ve
rning authoriti
e
 s, for th
e
e
is no authority
exce
 pt that whi
c
h God has
e
 stablish
e
d. Th
e
authoriti
e
 s that 
ex
ist ha
ve
b
ee
n
e
 stablish
e
by God. Cons
eq
u
e
ntly, h
e
who r 
e
b
e
ls against th
e
authority is r 
e
b
e
lling against what God has institut 
e
d, and thos
e
who do so will bring judgm
e
nt on th
e
ms
e
ve
 s.
Eventually, all authority comes from God. God establishes all authorities here onearth. There is no source of authority apart from God.
2
. Th
e
probl
e
m of r 
e
b
e
llion
The Bible says that Satan fell because of pride and self-will. Isaiah 14:12-14refers to Satan¶s fall from heaven. Notice how he proclaims ³I will «´ five times.
 I 
saiah 14:12-14
 H 
ow you ha
ve
fall 
e
n from h
e
a
ve
n,O morning star, son of th
e
dawn!You ha
ve
b
ee
n
c
ast down to th
e
 
e
arth, you who on
ce
laid low th
e
nations!You said in your h
e
art,"I will as
ce
nd to h
e
a
ve
n; I will rais
e
my thron
e
 abo
ve
th
e
stars of God; I will sit 
e
nthron
e
d on th
e
mount of ass
e
mbly,on th
e
utmost h
e
ights of th
e
sa
c
e
d mountain. I will as
ce
nd abo
ve
th
e
tops of th
e
 
c
louds;
 
I will mak 
e
mys
e
lf lik 
e
th
e
Most 
 H 
igh." 
Satan was the first one to rebel against God¶s authority. He deceived Adam andEve into joining in him in rebellion against God¶s authority. They had a choice to obeyGod and depend on Him to give them every good thing, or to disobey Him and exercisetheir self-will apart from Him. (For reference, Genesis 3:1-6.)
1 John 3:4
 Eve
ryon
e
who sins br 
e
aks th
e
law; in fa
c
t, sin is lawl 
e
 ssn
e
 ss.
Adam and Eve disobeyed God¶s authority. They chose to rebel against God¶sauthority and become a law unto themselves. They chose self-will instead of God¶s will.They chose the way of Satan.We inherited a sinful nature from our parents Adam and Eve. We were thereforerebels who did not submit to God¶s authority. (For reference, Colossians 1:21 andRomans 5:10.) Instead, we followed our own self-will instead of God¶s will.
 Romans 8:6-8
 Th
e
mind of sinful man is d 
e
ath, but th
e
mind 
c
ontroll 
e
d by th
e
Spirit is lif 
e
and p
e
a
ce
;th
e
sinful mind is hostil 
e
to God. It do
e
 s not submit to God's law, nor 
c
an it do so. Thos
e
 
c
ontroll 
e
d by th
e
sinful natur 
e
 
c
annot pl 
e
as
e
God.
Romans 8:6-8 says that our sinful nature is in rebellion against God¶s authority.Even when we try to do good, we do so out of self-will and not in submission to God¶sauthority. We can only please God when we submit to God¶s authority.
3
. God¶
s
 
s
olution to r 
ees
tabli
s
h Hi
s
authority
God had a plan to reestablish His authority on earth and to save all people.
1 John 3:8
 H 
e
who do
e
 s what is sinful is of th
e
ev
il, b
ec
aus
e
th
e
ev
il has b
ee
n sinning from th
e
 b
e
 ginning. Th
e
e
ason th
e
Son of God app
e
ar 
e
d was to d 
e
 stroy th
e
ev
il's work.
The Bible says that Jesus came to destroy the devil¶s work. He came to reestablishGod¶s authority on earth.
 Romans 5:19
 F 
or just as through th
e
disob
e
di
e
n
ce
of th
e
on
e
man th
e
many w
e
e
mad 
e
sinn
e
rs, so alsothrough th
e
ob
e
di
e
n
ce
of th
e
on
e
man th
e
many will b
e
mad 
e
right 
e
ous.
Just as all humanity fell into sin through the rebellion of Adam, many people will be brought back into submission to God¶s authority through the submission andobedience of Jesus Christ.
 P 
hilippians 2:5-11
Your attitud 
e
should b
e
th
e
sam
e
as that of Christ J 
e
 sus:
 
Who, b
e
ing in
ve
ry natur 
e
God,did not 
c
onsid 
e
eq
uality with God som
e
thing to b
e
grasp
e
d,but mad 
e
hims
e
lf nothing,taking th
e
 
ve
ry natur 
e
of a s
e
v
ant,b
e
ing mad 
e
in human lik 
e
n
e
 ss. And b
e
ing found in app
e
aran
ce
as a man,h
e
humbl 
e
d hims
e
lf and b
ec
am
e
ob
e
di
e
nt to d 
e
ath² 
eve
n d 
e
ath on a
c
ross!Th
e
e
 for 
e
God 
ex
alt 
e
d him to th
e
high
e
 st pla
ce
 and ga
ve
him th
e
nam
e
that is abo
ve
 
eve
ry nam
e
 ,that at th
e
nam
e
of J 
e
 sus
eve
ry kn
ee
should bow,in h
e
a
ve
n and on
e
arth and und 
e
r th
e
 
e
arth,and 
eve
ry tongu
e
 
c
onf 
e
 ss that J 
e
 sus Christ is Lord,to th
e
glory of God th
e
 
 F 
ath
e
r.
Jesus humbled Himself and was completely obedient to God throughout Hisentire life. Even in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus told the Father that His will wasmore important to him than anything else, even if it meant death on the cross. (For reference, Matthew 26:39, 42.)
 Hebrew
s 5:7-9
 D
uring th
e
days of J 
e
 sus' lif 
e
on
e
arth, h
e
off 
e
e
d up pray
e
rs and p
e
titions with loud 
c
ri
e
 sand t 
e
ars to th
e
on
e
who
c
ould sa
ve
him from d 
e
ath, and h
e
was h
e
ard b
ec
aus
e
of his
eve
e
nt submission. Although h
e
was a son, h
e
e
arn
e
d ob
e
di
e
n
ce
from what h
e
suff 
e
e
and, on
ce
mad 
e
p
e
rf 
ec
t, h
e
b
ec
am
e
th
e
sour 
ce
of 
e
e
rnal sal 
v
ation for all who ob
e
 yhim «
Jesus was reverently submissive, even in the face of suffering. He learned perfectobedience. He reestablished God¶s authority on earth and became the source of our salvation.The following table illustrates how Jesus reestablished God¶s principle of authority in contrast to the Satanic principle of rebellion.
1 John 3:8
 H 
e
who do
e
 s what is sinful is of th
e
ev
il, b
ec
aus
e
th
e
ev
il has b
ee
n sinning from th
e
 b
e
 ginning. Th
e
e
ason th
e
Son of God app
e
ar 
e
d was to d 
e
 stroy th
e
ev
il's work.
Sata
n Jesus
Rebellion against God Submission to GodSelf-will is what matters God¶s will is what mattersPride and self-centeredness Humility and servanthood
4
. Th
e
church mu
s
t l
e
arn from J
es
u
s
ex
ampl
e
 
We are to follow the example of Jesus Christ in submission and obedience toGod¶s authority.

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