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The Authority of God

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Stephen Johns

on 19 February 2017

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The Authority of God
Romans 9:19-23
1. God is the Creator and has authority over all of creation.

2. In order that we might see a fuller range of God’s attributes.

3. In order that we might see God’s wrath and power to have deeper appreciation for His mercy and glory.
“Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?”
The hope of humanity is the terrifying and comforting authority of God.
The Humility of Man
'O Man' - vs. 21
Clay Pots - vs. 21
The Analogy
God chooses to create and sustain and nourish humanity.
The purpose of humanity is to be worshippers of God. 
The lack of worship of humanity is unacceptable and renders them unworthy. 
The patience of God is highlighted in His delay of judgment but it is also costing Him. 
The Authority of God
The Restraint of God's Answer - vs. 21
The Rebuke of God's Answer - vs. 22
Job 40:1-2

“1 And the Lord said to Job: 2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it.”
Creation of the World
Omnipresence of God
Control of Lightening
Care of the Animals
Nature of Animals
Restraint of the Oceans
Creation of Constellations
Source of Rain, Snow, and Hail
Job 38-40
Limitation of Man's Mind
Gestation of Animals
Job 40:7-14

“7  “Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. 8 Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right? 9 Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? 10 “Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor. 11 Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud and abase him. 12 Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand. 13 Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below. 14 Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.”
The hope of humanity is the terrifying and comforting authority of God.
Luke 13:6-9
Matthew 8:9-10

"9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” 10 When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith.”

The faith / authority dynamic is at the core of the Gospel
The faith / authority dynamic is demonstrated in how we as Christians submit to authority
The faith / authority dynamic is demonstrated in how we as Christians wield authority
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