Authority and Faith
The kingdom of God operates on who has the authority to do what. For example, the Father is the ultimate authority and nothing is impossible with Him, Jesus who is the Word of God shares the authority of the Father as stated in Matthew 28:18, “All authority is given unto me in heaven and on earth.” And in the next verse the Son of God shared His authority with the church with the command to, “Go ye, therefore into all the world…” With this command Jesus gave us the authority to share His authority and all things in God’s kingdom is subject to the church just as it is to Jesus Christ. In the Gospels Jesus calmed the sea and the winds and cast out devils with a Word, thus showing us all things in the natural and spiritual realms are subject to the one with authority. Everything Jesus did while He was on the earth was a demonstration to help God’s children understand the authority they would be given after He arose from the dead and we took His place on the earth.
Now notice in the book of Luke chapter 17 verses 5-10 when the disciples of Jesus asked Him to increase their faith. He responded to them, “If you have faith as a mustard seed; you can say to this mulberry tree, be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you.” Now the question is, “Would the mulberry tree be responding to their faith or their authority?” It would respond to their authority. Jesus continued, “Which of you having a servant…” Implying the mulberry tree would be moved by their faith in the authority they had been given as children of God. Should they be surprised that the mulberry tree moved? No! They should be surprised if it didn’t move. Jesus concludes His teaching on faith and authority with the words, “So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.” The children of God Jesus referred to as servants in this scripture are to fulfill the Great Commission because that is the duty we have been given by a higher authority. If we fail to carry out that command and shirk our responsibility we are rebelling against a higher authority that is authorized to punish the rebels as He sees fit. Scripture tells us that punishment, for lack of a better definition, will be hell. The mind of man cannot fathom the horribleness of hell or the greatness of heaven. We can only imagine. As you know a friend can describe another person to you and you form a mental image of what you think that person will look like, but when you meet them, they are nothing like what you imagined they would be. That’s the way it is with heaven and hell. What we imagine heaven and hell will be like will not be close to what they are really like.
What we are witnessing is a battle within applied limits for the souls of men. God sets the limits and Satan has to play by God’s rules. Man is the object of God’s love and Satan’s hatred. Satan rebelled one time and He was sentenced to the lake of fire forever. He didn’t get a second chance to make the same mistake twice because he is nothing more than an angel and angels are the low being on the creation totem pole. Man, however, sits right up there at the top just slightly below God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. If all men were obedient there would not be a war for the souls of men. But since men are rebellious a battle is on between God and Satan for the right to claim that soul. God plays fair and by His rules; therefore God gave every person the power to prove his faithuflness by fulfilling the purpose for which he was created. Man alone chooses to fulfill God’s plan for his life. He can be swayed not to, but he makes the choice to rebel. God will not over ride our will. Nor will He stop us from choosing hell over heaven, but He will at various times in our life warn us the path we are on leads to hell and destruction and give us the opportunity to get back on the path of life. That is the awesomeness of the authority and power God has given to man and what an awesome responsibility it is. DThrash