Authority (3)

Continuing the discussion on authority, I want to turn our attention to Satan himself. Ezekiel 28:13-17 speaks of the pride, arrogance, and rebellion of Satan. It’s lengthy to post here. But take some time to read it. Satan is rebelling against God’s holiness.

Now turn your attention to Isaiah 14:12-15 and notice the rebellion towards authority.

…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… vs 13 (emphasis mine)

Finally, Jesus teaches His disciples to pray in Matthew 6. …And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from (the) evil (one). vs 13 (emphasis mine). “Temptation” according to the Chinese theologian points to holiness; whereas (the) evil (one) points to Satan’s desire for authority.

As we’ve noted before, Nee argues that rebelling against God’s authority is greater than any sin. When Satan tells God what he will do, it’s safe to say he overstepped his bounds. When we follow an authority other than that of God, surely we’ve overstepped our bounds.

Although some of this seems a review of the two earlier posts, I believe it will be helpful for future discussions. Anything to add?

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One Response to “Authority (3)”

  1. …till wickedness was found in you – Ezekiel 28:15

    God makes us perfect – from the beginning we were created with a purpose. When we live according to his Will, we have the most peace in our lives. But wickedness is found in us… the constant battle with the flesh. Mathew 6:13 – … and lead us not into temptation – I believe we need to be aware of how easily we give in, how easily we go chasing after things that are not what God’s Will–becoming aware or living in aware of God’s authority is safeguarding your heart to stay within God’s boundaries.

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