November 14, 2013
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 them 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.
My friend, we need to recognize there are two principles in the world and every person lives his life by one of these two principles.
The principle of rebellion, which is the principle of Satan. “I will have my own way!” 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.
Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 - “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.”
The principle of obedience, which is the principle of God. “Thy will be done!” The basic principle for God’s children is obedience. 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.
How? You might ask.
The Lord Jesus Christ, the obedient One, lives inside of us.
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 13:5 - “...Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?”
Because we have the Lord Jesus living in us, we have the power to obey God.
Philippians 2:5 says to, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”
My friend, just like Jesus, we must choose to live our life by the principle of obedience and we will enjoy the protection of being under God’s authority.
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