The Earthly Father's/Heavenly Father's Authority.
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever." 1 John 2:15-17
While dad and mom are not perfect, they may be (or may have been) down right tyrants—acting as children, using the office of authority they occupy (occupied) for their "self"—the office they occupy (occupied) is perfect, having been given to them by God, who is perfect, in which to serve Him. A father, in the true sense of the word, i.e., a benevolent father loves his children. Knowing the consequences of his children's actions (not only in the present but also in the future), the father hates their doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, holding them accountable in the present, i.e., chastening them when they not do wrong, disobey, sin that they might learn to humble, deny, die to, control discipline their "self" and do right, obey, not sin instead, casting them out when they reject his authority, i.e., when they refuse to listen, i.e., when they refuse to be told in order that they might come to their "senses" in the future, return, and respecting his authority realize their inheritance is not in the physical things of life, i.e., in their carnal desires of the 'moment,' that are passing away but in their father's/Father's love for them. The child, on the other hand hates the father/Father for preventing him from having what he wants, when he wants it, i.e., Now!, wanting to kill him. The child can not separate his love, i.e., "lust" for pleasure and his hatred toward anyone preventing him from having it. Until he learns to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline his "self" in order to do right and not wrong, in order to obey, in order to not sin he can not have "the love of the Father" in him.
The father's/Father's authority is:
1) a. to preach commands and rules to his children, to be obeyed,
b. to teach facts and truth to them, to be accepted as given (by faith), and
c. to discuss with his children (at his/His discretion—providing he deems it necessary, has time, they are able to understand, and they are not questioning, challenging, defying, disregarding, attacking his authority) where they went wrong or give them clarification on how to do what he has commanded right
2) to bless or reward those children who obey and do things right,
3) to chasten or correct those children who disobey or do things wrong, that they might learn to obey or do things right, and
4) to cast out those children who question, challenge, defy, disregard, attack his authority.
(Picture, PowerPoint: The father's/Father's Authority System)It is the same pattern (curriculum or paradigm) of traditional education. Any 'change' in that method 'liberates' (or begins the 'liberation' of) the children from the father's/Father's authority.
The father's/Father's authority is based upon Hebrews 12:5-11:
"And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby."
While the earthly fathers "chastened us after their own pleasure" and the Heavenly Father chastens us "for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness," the pattern is still the same, being held accountable for our thoughts and actions. Destroy that pattern or method and you negate the father's/Father's authority in the child's thoughts and actions.
The gospel is all about the Father, his obedient Son, Jesus Christ, and those, who by faith in him, do the Father's will:
"For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my father which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12
"And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Matthew 23:9
"and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3
The gospel is all about the Father's authority and His only begotten Son's obedience:
"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." John 5:19, 30; 12:47-50
In Christ's obedience to his Heavenly Father in all things commanded we see his Heavenly Father's love for us.
"I and my Father are one." "He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;" John 10:30; 14:9
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." John 3:16, 17
Jesus Christ came that we might become like him, a child of obedience—Obedience must proceed from faith (It is impossible to please God without faith). Faith without obedience is not faith:
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" 2 Corinthians 10:5
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23
"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:" "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them." Ephesians 2:2; 5:6, 7
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them." Colossians 3:5-7
Jesus came to establish His Father above all fathers, establishing His Kingdom as "not of this world."
"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that " Matthew 10:32-39
"Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." John 18:36
"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached," "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 16:16; 17:20, 21 19
"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." Revelation 3:19-21
The Father sent His Son, with the Son humbled himself, becoming as a man, in the flesh, as a child, in obedience to His Father's every command, dying on the cross (doing His Father's will), shedding His blood, covering our sins, 'redeeming' us from His Father's wrath upon us for our disobedience (imputing His righteousness upon us according to our faith in Him, as a child has faith in his father), with the Father raising Him from the grave to 'reconcile' us to Himself (that we might take part in His Holiness throughout eternity), setting His Son on His right hand, giving Him the keys to the kingdom, the Father and the Son sending the Holy Spirit, the comforter to guide us in all truth—in obedience to the Father's and the Son's will (John 16:3), with the Son waiting for His Father to tell Him when to go and get His bride. From the Son's "I must be about my Father's business" (age 12), depending upon His Father's words, i.e., "It is written," in the temptations, praying with His Father in the garden (John 17:1-26), to his last words on the cross, "It is finished" it is all about the Son doing His Father's will, wanting us to do the same. It is the Son's desire that we come to know His Father, i.e., come to know His Father's love for us. "Upon this rock I will build my congregation" is the Lord Jesus Christ's response to Peter's "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God," the "rock" being "flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 16:17-18) Our fellowship with our Heavenly Father begins with "Our Father ...."
"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:9, 10
The message from the Apostles to us is based upon this foundation: the love of the Son for the Father and the love of the Father for us, both desiring our fellowshipping with them: "That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 1:3 The fellowshipping of believers together begins with their personal fellowshipping "with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." Without that fellowshipping taking place first, all that is transpiring is hypocrisy and/or apostasy.
All that the prince of the power of the air (the master facilitator of 'change') can do is come between us and the Father, 'redeeming' us from the Father, 'reconciling' us to the world, that we might die in our sins, spending eternity with him and his angels in the torments of eternal death. It is what dialectic 'reasoning' is all about (and those promoting it): establishing the child's "self," i.e., man's carnal nature over and therefore against doing our Heavenly Father's will, negating the father's/Father's authority system in the children's feelings, thoughts, and actions, and in their relationship with one another, making them children of the world only, i.e., "children of disobedience." ... continued.
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