TWISTING GOD'S TRUTH--PART II
SERMON TITLE: WHO HAS AUTHORITY?
SERMON THEME: REBELLION EQUALS FREEDOM
SUBMIT TO ALL HUMAN AUTHORITY, BECAUSE OF CHRIST, BECAUSE OF YOUR CRITICS, AND BECAUSE YOU ARE FREE.
I PETER 2:13-14
13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.
· AUTHORITY IS FINE AS LONG AS I AM IN AUTHORITY.
I) YOU SUBMIT TO ALL HUMAN AUTHORITIES, BECAUSE GOD PLACED THEM
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.
· GOD WORKS THROUGH HUMAN AUTHORITY, BECAUSE THAT IS HOW GOD EXERCISES HIS WILL ON EARTH.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman.
· YOUR ATTITUDE AND RESPONSE TO YOUR HUMAN AUTHORITY IS A REFLECTION OF YOUR ATTITUDE AND RESPONSE TO YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.
II) YOU SUBMIT TO ALL HUMAN AUTHORITIES, BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT WHO IS
3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
· TO SAY YES TO YOUR HUMAN AUTHORITIES IS TO SAY YES TO GOD, NOT BECAUSE THEY ARE EQUAL, BUT BECAUSE ONE WAS ESTABLISHED BY THE OTHER.
18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
· WHEN GOD AND GOVERNMENT CONFLICT, AS A FOLLOWER OF JESUS YOU MUST CHOOSE TO OBEY GOD.
III) YOU SUBMIT TO ALL HUMAN AUTHORITIES, BECAUSE OF YOUR CRITICS.
6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
· YOU CANNOT PICK AND CHOOSE AS TO THE WHOSE AUTHORITY YOU STAY UNDER.
I PETER 2:15
15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
· GOD WANTS YOU TO MUZZLE YOUR CRITICS WITH GOOD DEEDS.
IV) YOU SUBMIT TO ALL HUMAN AUTHORITIES, BECAUSE YOU ARE FREE.
1 PETER 2:16
16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves
· FREEDOM IS THE ABILITY TO DO WHAT YOU KNOW GOD WANTS YOU TO , WHICH IS TO DO HIS WILL.
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
· TO BE FREE IS TO KNOW THAT IT IS NOT ABOUT WHAT, BUT ABOUT WHO.
I PETER 2:17
17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.
CONCLUSION: JESUS HAS SET YOU FREE, SO YOU CAN CREAT A BETTER WORLD BY POINTING ALL PEOPLE TO THEIR ONLY SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.