- All authority ultimately begins and rests in God.
- Creation was an act of His authority.
- Further, He established authority as a condition of the human experience.
- There is an intent on His part expressed in establishment of authority and a thwarting of that intent, as
- These three categories of authority are expressed within our human experience and reflect the spiritual divide between the Spirit of Jesus Christ and the spirit of the age, the anti-Christ.
The topic becomes, for me, a function of a question. How shall a disciple of Jesus understand his/her life experience, and thereby, fulfill the Father's intent in living under authority? This question leads to other more specific questions, which I think divide as follows:
- What level of personal authority does an individual carry; how is it established and matured; and toward whom is it manisfested?
- What amount of responsibility is required of the believer in responding to societal authorities; what development of social authority within the world system should be supported by believers; and consequently, when is civil disobedience called for, if ever, against authority that clearly is directed in a rebellion against God?
What presuppositions would you add or delete from the above list?