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Seven Sacred Authorities Overview

Updated on November 17, 2009

Canaan Baptist Church

Lesson Outline

7 Seven Authorities

Rom. 13:1-

There are Seven Sacred Authorities that God has established. If we are going to have the full blessings of God in our life, we have to get under the proper place of authorities. God has created these authorities, so that we can have spiritual and physical protection in our lives.

Responsibility: condition, quality, fact, or instance of being responsible; obligation, accountability, dependability

Authority: the power or right to give commands, enforce obedience, take action, or make final decisions; jurisdiction

Right: that which a person has a just claim to; power, privilege, etc. that belongs to a person by law, nature, or tradition

I. God’s Authority

The Authority of God is unquestionable. His authority stands because He is before all things. His existence was manifest before any create thing or person existed. Indeed He has created all that is created. Not only was all created by Him, but further it was created for Him.

So, the authority of God stands It stands no only by the nature of his existence, but also because of His eternal work of care. He has the right to say how His creation will maintain itself. He has given certain creatures the faculty of free-will. These include insects, animals, humans, and angels. He gave some the faculty of morality and conscience. God reserves the authority to set the limits of what choices His creatures have the opportunity to make and what choices His creatures should make.

There is no limit to God’s authority, not in what he can or cannot do, nor in what He should or should not do. Because He is the standard, everything He does is moral for Him though the same action may or may not be right for His different creatures.

Responsibility: condition, quality, fact, or instance of being responsible; obligation, accountability, dependability

Authority: the power or right to give commands, enforce obedience, take action, or make final decisions; jurisdiction

Right: that which a person has a just claim to; power, privilege, etc. that belongs to a person by law, nature, or tradition

II. Personal Authority of the Individual


The establishment of the individual is established within the first week of creation. They authority of the individual is established in several ways:

--The imbuing of ability

--The programming of nature in God’s creatures

--The direct command of God

The action of neglecting to do good is just as evil as the action of actively engaging in any forbidden action. James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin. So, with ability comes responsibility. As we accept responsibility for any action, anything, job, or even when we take proper authority over persons, God and life in general gives us a certain amount of authority if the responsibility is assumed rightly.

So, the first establishment of individual authority is in the creation of free will. For in that, we are given the ability to choose. If we accept the responsibility for our choices we are given authority over our own will.

III. Family

The first social authority that God established was that of the family. There are many that would infringe on the authority of the family and take away the rights and responsibilities that God put on this socially fundamental unit.

There are two ultimate responsibilities that God puts on the father of the family. The mother of course in invoved with these things, but God specifically puts the responsibility on the father. These two responsibilities are to first educate a child and secondly protect purity until marriage. Now these two things are being eroded. The government does not want to recognize this authority to educate. The state wants (in some cases) to take this authority away completely.

Another question that the Bible answers about family authority is "When is a child no longer a child?" In other words when do kids no longer have to obey the parents.

IV. Business

A. Basis (Biblical model) self provision, family provision. (I Tim. 5:8)

II Thes. 3:10 “For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

Rom. 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: 4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.”

I Pet. 2:13“Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17 Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.”

V. Government

I Pet. 5:1 “The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: 2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 3 Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.”

VI. Church

A. Creation Mat. 16:16 “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

VII. Angels (to be developed)

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