We are taking a look at the overall authority that God has over us as Christians as well as over the Bible. This may seem like a common sense topic, but I see no sense of urgency in the Church to proclaim what they say they know about this important topic. You see, the church as it is today is somewhat of a product of the enlightenment. A deceleration of Independence in the relationship with God. We are the grandchildren of this movement that states everyone do what is best for themselves. When the church has this point of view, it makes the Bible seem to be about us. The only problem is that it’s not about us at all. The Bible is about God redeeming his people. When David wrote the book of Psalm, he wrote it as a book of poems. There were times of happiness, times of sorrow, there were also worrisome times. Whatever the feelings were he always gave all glory to God. Psalm 115;1 says,
“Not unto us oh Lord, not unto us, but unto THY name give glory for THY mercy and for THY truth sake.”
When you look at this world and what it’s saying, is it proclaiming that all glory goes to God? Or is it claiming that you are the center of happiness? I see this world in a place of self-righteousness, and vein. If you were to look at the texts in the Bible you would see that this conceded attitude is not at all biblical. Just think, when you live your life from day to day saying that you know whats best for yourself, and that God does not understand your world, then you are denouncing Gods ultimate authority. You are giving yourself all the control over your life. If that is how we spend our days on Earth, that will be an eternal suicide. To put Gods authority in better context, just look at Genesis 1;1
“In the beginning GOD CREATED the heaven and the earth.”
The same God that spoke the earth into being, is the same God that created you and has all authority over you. How can we say we know what’s best for us in our lives when God is the one that created our lives? Just look at what David said in Psalm 8;3-4
“When I behold thine heavens, even the works of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained, what is man, say I, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man that thou visiteth him?”
Just think about the amount of emotion that David must have been feeling. Who am I that you are mindful of me? Who am I that you would send your son Jesus to die for me? He wrote the books that he did after an encounter with the sovereign God himself. Moses had so much emotion in him as he encountered God on the mountain that he was inspired to write a lot of the old testament books. The glory of God was so intense that God would only let him see the backside of him so Moses wouldn’t burn his eyes at the sight of the glorious God’s presence. God has ultimate authority over everything. The questions that David asked in the above passage are some of the most emotional questions I have ever asked myself. The impact of Gods authority hit David so hard that he wrote the whole book of Psalm just out of his desperate need for a savior. We are all in a desperate need of a savior, and with that being said the church needs to make this a bigger priority in the world. When I am in the presence of God, whether it be reading scripture or praying, I feel ashamed, I also feel guilty. There are very good reasons to feel this way when you are in Gods presence.
Take the story of Peter in Luke chapter 5;8
“Now when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus knees, saying, Lord, go from me: for I am a sinful man.”
I can’t help but feel this way when I am in the presence of anyone who is holy. Fellow Christians who are more wise than me even, make me feel even more sad at the sins that I face each and every day. It is a natural feeling that if you don’t experience, you should probably reevaluate your relationship with the Lord God. One reason why repentance is so important in the Christian faith is because it can bring us a bit closer to a God that we will never completely know. To repent of your sins is to bring your relationship with God to a bigger level. Admitting that you are wrong and will always fail God will bring you to a place with him that is a humble place, and being in a humble place will but God in the front of your life and you in the passengers seat. If you are feeling guilty of your sins and take it out on yourself harshly, it is natural to feel the weight of it because you have an obsession to be closer to God and knowing that your sinning will not get you to that place, you in turn feel the heavy burden of having to do better. Just take a look at what Paul wrote in Romans 8;11-12
“But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead, dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies, by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore brethern, we are debtors not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
The reason I live like I do is because I have the Spirit of God living in me, non Christians live like they do because they do not. My repentance will help me to understand where my place is in this world created by the Lord God. Romans 8;8 says “So then they that are in the flesh, cannot please God.” If you are living for the world you are not pleasing God. To live for God is to live under the authority God has. We should live to glorify and worship him in all ways. Looking at Genesis 1;1, “In the beginning GOD CREATED the heaven and the earth.” The Lord God is terrifyingly sovereign over everything. The waters obey his command, death even listens when he talks, as he told Lazarus to get up and walk after he was pronounced dead. If these stories don’t scare you , nothing will. God’s glory is to be obey, glorified and worshiped. One poison that the enlightenment era brought was to worship ourselves and to do what is best for us in our lives. That gives God absolutely no authority in your life because you think you know what’s best. 1 Timothy 1;17 says,
“Now unto the King everlasting, immortal, invisible, unto God only wise, be honor, and glory, for ever, and ever, Amen.
Let’s, as the church of God, not let the thinking of the enlightenment draw our minds on ourselves, rather, let the truth and authority of the Lord God be our guide. Let’s live to make much of, glorify, worship and obey our creator, the sovereign God who has all authority over you. If I may, I ask that the church would slow down, let the Spirit of God direct you in your life. If you spend the time in repentance and worship, you will get that much closer to a God who is infinite. Remember that the God of the bible is not always sweet and fairy tails. The faster you come to terms with the true God of the bible, the sooner you will fear him and the sooner you fear him the closer your relationship will. be. This creator, who is terrifyingly sovereign has made a way for us to be made right by sending his son Jesus to die for our sins. We have a chance to see the God of the bible for who he is and my prayer is that we, as the church, will take our time to put aside our selfish lives to put his plan forward.