True liberty cannot be enjoyed by a people who do not recognize the sovereignty of Almighty God.
It is God and God alone who has absolute authority over the affairs of men.
The Institutions of Home, Church, and Government
It is God who rules in the Heavens and the Earth, who has created the Laws of Nature, and who has instituted the home, Church, and government as societal institutions under His authority.
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” Colossians 1:16
To protect these institutions, God gave laws governing the conduct of each.
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
“And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.” Genesis 9:7
Mankind was to exercise dominion over the earth.
The responsibility of the institution of family is one of reproduction. The display of government in the home is also a reflection of God and His glory.
The rejection of God’s laws concerning the home is a rejection of not only God’s sovereignty but a rejection of God Himself.
“And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:5-6, 8-9
The Church (local body of Christ) as instituted by God has also been given an important role in society.
Under God’s direction, the Church is to provide moral and spiritual guidance.
It is also to give instruction and provision for worship and fellowship.
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.” Colossians 1:18
In rejecting God’s sovereignty over the church, man is declaring himself to be sovereign.
The deception of a man’s heart will lead him to follow vain philosophies and traditions.
His unrealistic view of life will cause him to blame his environment, government, or other factors as the cause for the complications and consequences of his uncontrolled desires. He will not see himself as a sinner in need of a Saviour.
“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. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.” Romans 13:1-2
Not only did God institute the home and the Church, He also instituted civil government.
“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.” Romans 13:4
Civil governments were instituted by God to restrain evil.
The law is a schoolmaster to show us clearly our sinful natures. That law is based on God’s natural laws and the laws or principles as given in His Word, the Scriptures.
God’s laws do not change according to man’s desires. They remain the same.
When man rejects God’s sovereignty in this area, he will create his own laws. Those laws will change as his desires change. He, therefore, will lose respect for present law and for those whose duty it is to implement that law.
Refusing to adhere to God’s laws, society will continue in a downward spiral. The continued lack of respect for godly authority will give way to ungodly authority and that society’s eventual downfall.
“But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.” Colossians 3:25
True liberty comes as we subject ourselves to the commandments of God concerning the three areas He has instituted for society.
As families follow God’s principles for the home, families will be blessed. Wives and children will be protected.
As local churches follow God’s instructions for evangelism, worship, fellowship, and guidance, families and communities will grow stronger.
As civil governments and civil servants follow God’s mandate for the implementation and obedience to God’s unchanging standard concerning good and evil, society will be safer.
“He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.” Proverbs 21:21
“And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” Colossians 1:17
True liberty can be experienced by all men as they submit themselves to God’s sovereignty and divine will.
For further study in Colossians, a great resource is So, What's the Latest News: Messages from a Prisoner in Rome. This title is available from WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan.
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