Divine Authority | INFEMI Sermon By Apostle Gobanga

Divine Authority: Sermon By Apostle Gobanga

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. 

Romans 13:1-7

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 

Hebrews 1:3

How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’ 

Isaiah 14:12-14

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

Matthew 6:13  

And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven. 

Matthew 26:62-64

Authority in Greek is the word Exousia – meaning rightful power that you posses to use and access something or a person. 

In biblical context, rightful and ultimate authority belongs to God and is delegated to man.

The authority that God has is exercised in the context of His revealed will to mankind.  

Authority in God is absolute power. He exercises this with a lot of freedom and fee will.

Where there is authority, there is the freedom to act without any hindrance. God has absolute authority and has the power to act unhindered.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 

Romans 8:28

Everything here means the good and the bad. Even where there is demonic activity, it is limited by that which God has allowed e.g Job’s trials.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.

John 1:12 (NKJV)

He gave them power to become sons of God. Power here denotes position and the authority that comes with it. 

Authority cannot be effective if there is no power. Authority is the prerogative/right. Power is the ability to act. It is capability.

Jesus not only had authority to forgive sins but power to do the same.  

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins. 

Mark 2:10

This is the same authority and power that Christ gave the Church.  

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 

Matthew 28:18

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 

Luke 10:19

Even Satan has authority. He cannot act beyond that which God has allowed him to do. God is supreme. 

Power is subordinate to authority. You cannot act beyond the authority you have been given. 

This is the scope of our authority: 

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 

Luke 10:19

The works of God issue and spring forth from His throne. This throne is established on authority. 

Authority is a factor of Divine purpose. Purpose precedes authority. Your function or power comes from purpose. 

Authority is different from a person. It is a function of a personality, characteristic or a nature vested in a person.

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of His power.

 Hebrews 1:3

Everything in nature is upheld by the power of His word.  

Power has a voice. The voice of power is authority.

Divine authority represents God. Divine power represents the nature and character of God.

The word of God and its Spirit is the heart and mind of God. We do not just cram the Word but speak and generate it for purpose!

You cannot walk in authority and power when you have not discerned and attained purpose for which your were created. 

You cannot function beyond your nature. For you to do so, you need to come from a place of purpose – your native element.

Authority represents God. In your life, you are a representation of the Kingdom of God.  

The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV)

You were created in the image and likeness of God. You are to be full of the Spirit of God and His 7 functions on the Earth.

If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 

Galatians 5:25

You must perceive who Christ is in your life – Saviour and Lord. Only then you will walk in His authority and power. 

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’

 Isaiah 14:12-14 (NKJV)

Lucifer broke ranks and competed with God.  He wanted authority that is not his.

Rebellion is a matter of principle. Sin is a matter of violation of holiness.   

A principle will either destroy you or establish you.  Iniquity was found in the heart of Lucifer. Iniquity is hardened or matured rebellion.

Familiarity spurs on rebellion against God and fellow man. 

Rebellion is fuelled and driven by self-exaltation instead of God-exaltation. 

Low self-esteem and self-deprecation is questioning God and how He made you to be.

Creation is the province of God. Not yours. 

Unless you understand your position, you cannot function in it with power and authority. 

The genesis of sin is self-exaltation. Lucifer fell to become Satan because of pride. 

Sin is the violation of God’s overall and supreme authority. 

Your submission to the authority of God is what Satan fears most. Look at how Christ handled him in the wilderness:  “It is Written!” (Reference: John 4)

You cannot establish the Kingdom of God in your life unless you have had an encounter with the authority of God.  

Matt 28:18-20 will become a reality in your life when you partake His authority.

When Saul had a personal experiential encounter with the full authority of God on his way to Damascus, he converted to Paul.  

When you meet with a person in authority, you need to transcend beyond the veil of visibility and interact with the authority vested in the person. 

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 

2 Corinthians 5:16

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil. Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing. Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor.

Romans 13:1-7 (NKJV)

Depending on how you interact with authority, it will bless you if you submit or curse you if you go against it. 

Joseph submitted to the authority in Pharaoh. Daniel submitted to the authority in Nebuchadnezzar. Both came to a point of elevation after due process.

Samuel also said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people, over Israel. Now therefore, heed the voice of the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way when he came up from Egypt. Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”

1 Samuel 15:1-3 (NKJV)

And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.

 1 Samuel 15:7-9 (NKJV)

So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.

1 Samuel 15:22 (NKJV)

God’s will is that we submit to His authority. 1 Samuel 15:1-3,7-9 – King Saul missed out. Verse 22 – Obedience is better than sacrifice.

What is your motivation for service to God?  Is it self projection, exaltation or obedience to God?

God, in principle, deals with the seed of rebellion with alacrity. 

Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.

 Luke 22:42

Submission to authority is an attitude of the heart and mind of the person submitting. The attitude and position of your heart and mind needs to be fixed on the person of Jehovah God.

Anything you do for God should be inspired by who He is and not what you are.

When Christ hung on the Cross, dying a gruesome death, it was submission to the Father and His authority. 

The Cross is not above the will of God. The will of God is above anything you can ever do for God. 

Tangibility is final in the perfect will of God.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

Romans 12:1-2 

God first looked at Cain then his sacrifice. His heart position was off and thus his sacrifice was rejected.

Transgression is a matter of conduct. Lawlessness is a principle of rebellion against all established authority. 

God gave Adam an instruction not to partake from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God was placing him under His authority. 

Adam was to later learn how to be in authority by submitting to the authority of God.

The old and the new creation confirm the authority of God. Christ, the second Adam, submitted to the authority of God. 

When Eve had the conversation with the snake, she violated not only Adam’s authority but that of God who first placed the restriction.

Both ate of the fruit of the tree and both contravened the authority of God. That’s why the both were removed from Eden. 

God has ordained authority and delegated it to human vessels. This principle is to teach us to later be in positions of authority. 

Authority is in place to infuse you with capacity to function. When you flout, disobey or despise authority, you miss out on capacity to function.

Be connected to God who is supreme authority and then delegated authority then you will be able to function in the place of your call.

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