We consider another quality we need to possess if we are to be useful to the Lord: we need to honor the authorities that he has established. We see three things: 

  • First, the basic principles of authority, 
  • Second, the fundamental spheres of authority the Lord has established, and 
  • Finally, the particular duties and responsibilities that pertain to each office.

We are to exercise authority within due bounds according to the sphere in which we possess it. Likewise, we must submit to the authorities that God has established since, in so doing, we are submitting to the Lord. When we rebel against duly established and correctly exercised authority, we are rebelling against the Lord, and quenching and grieving His Spirit.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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