Ps Ian Kruithoff
Sunday September 23, 2018
God created man to take charge of their lives in order to live fruitful and productive lives. He created man to have the authority to do so. In Genesis God said “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule. (1:26) and Gen 1:7 “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule.
Authority was always for fruitfulness. It was to subdue anything that came against fruitfulness.
The psalmist wrote; you crowned him with glory and honour, made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” (Psalm 8:4-6). He gave man authority over all things Except one. The right to decide what is good and evil – that’s a tree they couldn’t eat of. It was a reminder who the final authority is.
This is where the devil attacked, at the point of God’s absolute and man’s referred authority. He knew that if he could get man to usurp God’s authority man would lose his own. Today men resist authority, whether in society, in the home or in the Church.
The fruitfulness God intended has been diminished. Man is subject to all sorts of forces, both natural and spiritual and lacks the God given authority to turn things around.
Jesus came to bring back God’s authority to the earth. For man to come under Gods authority in order to again have authority. God’s authority is established in His Word. Jesus showed us that His and our authority is in what God, no one else, has said.
What is our point of authority? It’s the Word of God. The words “sole authority for faith and practice” are used in a variety of confessions with reference to the Word of God. He showed us that that which is written has the authority to subdue the enemy and transform our situations.
Knowing the word and understanding it in the trials of life is what produces the fruitfulness God intended man to experience.