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July 26, 2021 8:00 am
You have a problem with unworthy authorities listen closely to Adrian Rogers submit an ungodly government submit to a bad boss submit to a mean mate asked us to do something wrong ungodly window. How can we live this principle of submission. Alan Wake cities a request to love with featuring profound truth. Simply stated by Adrian Roger was the chief weapons that God is given us is the principle of submission. It is the thing that closes them out.
Those who oppose us and allows us to exercise our kingdom authority first Peter chapters 2 and three reveal how to submit to godless authority figure. If you have your Bible turn there now as Adrian Rogers gives insight on the problem of unworthy authorities to God's word and refining first Peter chapter 2. As we continue our series on discovering kingdom authority.
There is ever a day and age in which we need to discover and to deploy kingdom authority.
This is the day and this is the a bow before read the Scripture and we gonna be reading from first Peter chapter 2 beginning in verse 11. Before I read the Scripture. Let me just tell you something about the Christians to whom this scripture was written they were going through tough time it was open season on Christians that were being accused and they were being slandered by the enemy is on the things they accuse them of accuse them of incest because they call their wives are the husbands brother or sister. They were accused of cannibalism because when they took the Lord's supper. They said we are partaking of the body and the blood of the Lord Jesus. They were accused of insurrection because they said Caesar is not Lord Jesus is Lord and so they were hunted and hounded and killed male why they were because they were like the Lord Jesus and the servant is not better than his master Jesus said if they hated me they will hate you and Jesus was slandered. I called him a wine never neglected my US that anybody who lives Lord Jesus Christ.
In this day and this age or in that day and that age or any age is going to find himself going against the time we're twice born people were the ones born people and what we practice and what we believe begins at a different soulless. It follows a different course. It arrives at a different conclusion and we're going to be going against the timeout. The chief weapon. The chief weapon that God has given us in these days other than our faith in him is a principle that many of us don't like the practice. It is the principle of listen submission to set it would seem like if we go to be overcome as being the principle of rebellion.
No is the principle of submission and this principle is such that it will close the mouths of those who oppose us look in verse 11. Dearly beloved IBC Jewish strangers and pilgrims abstain from fleshly lust which war against your soul.
Having your conversation.
That means your behavior honest among the Gentiles. That's the pagan, whereas they speak against you as evil.
Do they may by your good works and really say what those good works are just a moment which they shall behold glorify God in the day of visitation. On the day of visitation is not talking about when Jesus comes again. It literally means the day of inspection of the day on observation and notice what he says in verse 13, submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord say they do see that submit yourselves basketball down verse 18 service be subject to your masters, all fear turnover to chapter 3 in verse one. Likewise, you wives be in subjection to your own husbands, that's an interesting thing.
He speaks of evil, know any says we didn't do something that will cause them to recognize in us a quality that is absolutely astounding and amazing can look down, if you will, in verse 15 for so is the will of God that with welldoing. He may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
People who oppose God's people are ignorant and their foolish and how you silence them.
Submission. Submission submission and escort silence literally means in the Greek language to muzzle like you would muzzle a yapping dog. How are we going to make a statement in this world.
How are we going to exercise kingdom authority by submission.
You say now wait a minute. Submission doesn't sound like authority.
You see, that's the secret of old thing. Remember I gain that Centauri and who said to Jesus, Jesus, I know how you operate. I know why you have authority over this disease because I also am a man set under authority and I say to this man knowing he goes into this man, me, and Jesus all you need to do is to speak the word and my servant will be healed. I know how you work in Jesus that I've not seen faith like this in all the land of Israel.
This man, who was under the Emperor was over his soldiers. You can never be over those things that God has put under you and do you get under those things that God is put over you. That's what were talking about this whole series kingdom authority. Let me say again you will never be over those things that God has set under you until you remain under those things that God is sent over you kingdom authority is not for rebels. And God cannot trust us and give us the release of the spirit until we know the restraint of the spirit, so he says here that we are to submit where to submit to civil magistrates. We to submit to those who work us on the job we have submit domestically in the home. This is what God says that we to do now were talking about the problem of unworthy authorities to submit to an ungodly government godless government you submit to a bad boss you submit to a mean mate ask us to do something wrong ungodly.
What we do how can we live this principle of submission, and we can the city us a good question right now let's look at it, let's just take the word of God, look at it. Look at the very principle of submission.
Again, I remind you. Verse 13 says submit yourselves.
Verse 18 says servants be subject chapter 3 verse one says wives be in subjection. What is submission. Submission is one equal one equal voluntarily placing himself under another equal that God may therefore be glorify submission is simply getting under the authority that God is established not for that authority's sake, but for God himself. Saco established the authority look in verse 13 submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord say when you submit yourself to some governmental authority you not doing it for his sake you doing it for Jesus sake and that makes a difference.
You see, God is established authority everywhere and God is behind all authority. So when you're submitting you not submitting to some human being you are submitting really ultimately the Almighty God. And when you do that, God begins to invest in you kingdom authority. Remember that when you have the spirit of rebellion you like Satan.
He was the original rebel when you submit to authority or like the Lord Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation being found in form as a servant, he humbled himself and became obedient. Now say things that I will exalt myself. God says you going down Jesus that I humble myself God said I'll give you a name that is above every name, now Jesus has this in credible authority.
Because of this principle. Remember what Samuel told Saul that rebellion is as witch craft first Samuel chapter 15 verse 23. When you have a rebellious spirit you are practicing the same spirit that made the devil. The devil to begin with and that is which craft now you want kingdom authority I do to. I want to live victoriously. I will follow the world the flesh and the devil become a close, I will take something authority and submission are headaches and tales of the same coin. Authority flows out of submission.
That's a principle that we need to understand and being submissive does not mean you it exalt you.
It makes you like the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now that is the principle that is the principle of submission malice talk about some places of submission we've already mentioned, but Peter picks out three very hard places. Number one he's talking about being submissive to a godless government you say well when Peter wrote this he did know who was in the White House. Let me tell you who was on the throne of Rome. His name was Nero. First of all, is three verse 13 submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord sake, whether it be to the king as supreme or under the governor's as on to them that is sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of them would do well for so is the will of God that with welldoing you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men as free. Wherefore he and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness. But as the service of God.
Honor all men love the brotherhood, fear God.
Honor the king what you say if they had a good king I can understand that limitation was the king's name was Nero. Let me read what one man said about Nero.
He was just three years old when his father died. It was little loss to the boy for his father had been a killer bully and achieve his mother took over the family trade and continue the boys education. She murdered his stepfather with the Bishop poisoned mushrooms. He was reared in squalor and proved notable son. This parents while still young, he committed his first murder, killing a teenage boy who stood in his way and watching him die with callous indifference. He married 15 but soon had his wife to. He married again and slew his second wife also in order to marry 1/3 time he murdered the husband of the woman he wanted his mother annoyed him so he arranged her murder, first by guile, but when that was unsuccessful.
He murdered her without pretense. He was an ugly man, Wilhelmina McAbee, lowbrow flat nose and tough mouth. He had a potbelly spindly legs, bad skin, and an offensive odor at the age of 31 he was sentenced to death by flogging, he fled to a dingy basement in the house of a slave cut his own throat. He survived that he gave the infant church its first taste of things to come. His name was Nero. He was the first of the persecuting Caesars of Rome. That's the one that's the one that Peter says honor the king.
The king, that's incredible well. Why is this because verse 14 teaches us that authority is necessary. CS Lewis said this about democracy. He said that he was in favor of democracy, not because everybody's equally intelligent or equally qualified to have an equal say. But because everybody is equally simple and we all need to keep an eye on each other. That's why said we in favor of democracy.
What ever it is, whether it is a 18 R democracy and oligarchy.
What ever it there can be no civilization without government we are to have a submissive spirit to the government and an attitude of rebellion is as bad as the rebellion itself. Look again in verses 16 and 17 refrain and not using your liberty as a cloak of maliciousness. But as the servants of God. Now look at this honor all men in our social life went on all man everyman red, yellow, black, white, young, all Christian, pagan, every man in the similitude and image of God is to be Lord honors Greek word is the word from which we get our word preciousness red and yellow black and why they are precious in his sight all men are intrinsically precious to God you believe that. I hope you do. I don't care who is. It matters not what is done.
The Bible says honor all men in our social life and then in our church life. In verse 17 it says love the brotherhood. Now we are special bears a special that when I have our brothers and sisters in Christ. I love all people, but my wife is my beloved, she is above all other women in my life and in the Christian world, our brothers and sisters in Christ are special. We are to love one another with a very special love and so the Bible says would honor the brotherhood, then in our spiritual life. He says fear God. Verse 17. If there's one thing that we need in America today it is to bring back the fear of Almighty God for the Bible says, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge in America has lost plan, but then he says finally in our political life, not only in our social life.
Our church like our spiritual life in our political life.
We are to honor the king whether that the government is led by king or president.
The principle is the same putting in margin first Timothy chapter 2 verses one through three I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all man for K and for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. So we are to submit the godless government now. Second thing, not only should we submit to a godless government but to a bad loss. Look, if you will, in verses 18 and 19 service be subject to your masters with all fear not only to the good and gentle but also to look forward for this is think what if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. Now the word servant here literally means household slave is not talking about a domestic servant like we have today who is paid but is talking about a person who is a slave. These slaves were not inferior people in that day, a man would have a doctor slave to take care of him. He would have a teacher slave to educate his children. But Aristotle, his philosophy had come to full flowering. He said master and slave have nothing in common.
Slave is a living tool. Just as a tool is an in animate slave slaves were not treated as persons. They were treated as things and yet Peter says slaves being submission to your master. As unto the Lord, you say, when I wait a minute, should we be against slavery. With all of our heart and what Peter taught here, brought slavery crashing down.
He was speaking reality, we go to say more about that later own, they found themselves in a situation which they had no control. But he said I'm not just a submissive spirit. Maybe some of you today are not a slave. In that sense, but you work for what you call a slave driver with a something. There is no better place for you to demonstrate power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have an unfair on ungodly balls any pagan can you drive and rebel. When things are all but notice what he says in verse 19 for this is like worthy of a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering fully man. He mentions 1/3 case of an unworthy authority.
How do you react toward unworthy authorities godless government bad bosses mean may look in chapter 3, verse one. Likewise, you wives be in subjection to your own husbands, that if any Old Bailey, not the word. This is not only not a Christian husband talking about an ungodly husband who will not obey the word of God. They may, without the word be won by the conversation of the wives.
That is, while they behold your chaste up your behavior joinder coupled with fear who's adorning. Let it not be the outward adorning of the planning of the here, the wearing of gold and putting all of her ladies.
Nothing is wrong to fix your hair where gold if it is as wrong for you to wear clothes. He's not saying that anything that is not your but let it be the hidden man of the heart in that which is not corruptible. Even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
This is so contrary to the wisdom of this world that a wife is to be submissive, even to a non-godly husband, but the Bible teaches that a home cannot function without a head. I would have you to know that they had of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is the man in the head of Christ is God, God the son and God the father coequal, coeternal calls is a man and woman are they coequal of costs. She's not inferior to him.
Submission is one equal placing himself or herself voluntarily under another equal that God thereby may be glorified. Galatians 3 verse 28 says is neither Jew or Greek meters.
Their bond or free meters a male or female, for ye are all one and Christ Jesus that is central but God teaches authority and what shall I do if she has an ungodly unworthy husband.
She is not to lecture him. According to Scripture she's not believe him. She is to love him. Mrs. milligrams said it is your job to love your husband is God's job to make them good and coming up tomorrow will you part two of this important message. I hope you join us then you know and love worth finding one of her greatest honors is to come alongside you, and pray with you and for you. There's something heavy on your heart today to our website email@example.com/radio and scroll down to our prayer wall. There you will find the option to submit a prayer request or pray for others. This resource is one of our favorite ways to keep the ministry in the community praying continually for one another's needs. Let us hear from you today again go to LWF.org/radio and scroll down to find our prayer wall You like to order a copy of today's message. Call 1877 love God and mentioned the title the problem of unworthy authorities message is also part of the insightful series. The incredible power of kingdom authority. If you'd like the complete collection all nine powerful messages: number 1877 love God or go online to firstname.lastname@example.org/radio or you can write us at love worth finding box 38, 600 Memphis, TN 38183. Make sure you sign up for a daily heartbeat, emails, and you'll get daily devotions in message link sent straight to your inbox, you can sign up and LWF.org/radio. We hope you can join us tomorrow for the convicting conclusion of the problem of unworthy Lord online, where here's a message from a listener in Iceland who said love worth finding is the only true Bible teaching program in this area, theories, or man-made religion Iceland and the rest of the world need to hear the truth, and the only truth that matters is what the Bible says we are thankful for. We truly need the fire of revival in our own lives and churches. Please pray for us messages like that reignited her passion to equip believers with resources to help you grow in your faith day by day.
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