The Authority of God

Mike Johnson

All people, no matter who they are or where they live, are subject to a specific authority, and all are subject to this authority, whether they want to be or not.  This authority is the authority of God.

Authority can be either inherent or delegated.  The word inherent means “intrinsic.”  According to the dictionary, it exists “in someone or something as a natural and inseparable quality, characteristic, or right.”  It is an indwelling essence or characteristic.  Delegated authority, on the other hand, is authority given or appointed to or by another.

God possesses His authority inherently or intrinsically.  In that His power is intrinsic; it comes from no one; it did not come to be.  God has control simply BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS.

Consider some reasons why God inherently has authority.  First, He is the creator of the universeGenesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  The Creator does not need to obtain his rights from that which He has created.  Second, God is the owner of all thingsPsalm 50:10-12 says, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine . . . For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.”  Finally, God is the sustainer of all (note Acts 17:25-28).   We need God:  He does not need us.

Sometimes a person will ask, “Who gave God the right to tell man what do?”  The person who asks this question does not understand the inherent nature of God’s authority.  As we have seen, no one gave Him the right to rule.  Further, no one can deny Him His power.  We must be willing to submit to God’s authority.