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The Government of God

Phil Mills Sr.

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Phil Mills Sr.

Dermatologist in Northern Georgia

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  • January 26, 2019
    6:45 PM
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Anciently to harvest wheat the farmer would cut the stalks of grain then beat the ends of the sheet stocks this would leave a pile of grain and husks the valuable grain must then be removed from the worthless Haskin stocks remain remnants that's called chaff this is rich in symbolism Jesus was beaten and bruised and abused throughout history his followers have been beaten persecuted and seemingly abused but God had forgotten them he is preparing them for a rich harvest of grain but threshing isn't the end of the harvest process there is an interesting prophecy in the book of Amos For surely I will command and will see if the house of Israel among all nations as grain is sifted in a she says. Yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground after threshing worthless chaff is mixed with valuable wheat How did farmers rid the precious grain of chaff in Bible times they would throw the grain and chaff into the air exposing them both to wind and the lighter chaff would blow away while the heavier weed would remain God to use this sifting to illustrate his method of separating his people from those who are not his people what are the wins that God uses to sift his people Paul likened faults doctrines to wind just as a farmer exposes the wheat and chaff to when God exposes church members to cunningly promoted false doctrine to heresy. This separates his true P. people from faults professors doctrine is important doctrine unites people our core beliefs unite us with others who share the same beliefs. But doctor not only unites It also separates the Bible doctrine of the Sabbath unite Sabbath keepers but it also separates them from those who do not keep the Sabbath. And. As he has been from the days of the early church God his used the winds of heresy to sift the chaff out of the wheat of his church and he will do this to the close of probation God will arouse his people were told 537007 if other means fail heresies will come in among them which will sift them separating the chaff from the wheat but God has provided his people with 2 powerful protections from the winds of false doctrine the 1st protection from the winds of false doctrine is the Word of God properly studied for all scripture is given for true doctrine the source of heresy is twisting the Word of God instead of thank you very much instead of going to the Bible to find what God says people go to the Bible to support to find support for what they believe to find permission for the sins they love now how do we properly study scripture take all of this scripture with a desire to know god's will and surrender to do whatever he says and then we prayerfully diligently study comparing Scripture with Scripture dividing rightly the word of truth but there is a 2nd protection from the sifting wins God's government Isaiah tells us behold a king will reign in righteousness and princes will rule injustice each will be alike read it with me a hiding place from the wind because God's word in God's government are such excellent protections Satan has launched a full scale attack against both. This evening we want to study God's government and the government our kingdom of God was a prime concern of Jesus he taught the kingdom parables it was the focus of his prayers and he taught his disciples to pray Your kingdom come your will be done in earth on earth as it is in heaven when God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven God's Kingdom has come from God's Kingdom is doing God's will as expressed by his word as it is written for over a lord your word is settled in heaven the government of God also plays a prominent part in the great controversy theme because there was one who rebelled against God's word and government in heaven we must know the underlying principles of God's government to build a solid foundation for understanding God's plan in matters that are part of the in time test and are even now rocking the church in controversy God is not only the creator of the animate or inanimate universe he is also the creator of government the Bible is very explicit on this 116 for by Him all things were created read it with me whether Thrones or dominions or principalities or powers what was created by God All of this government was created by God he is not only the creator of government but he is the sovern of all government let every soul be subject to the governing authorities why for there is no authority except from God and the authorities that are exist are appointed by God Satan himself is forced to grudgingly acknowledge this the principles of God's government were told. The only principles that will endure from everlasting to everlasting are to be followed by those who are seeking for inference into the kingdom of heaven this is not a side issue or a take it or leave it at our pleasure we are studying tonight a topic of interim Mendus Lee great importance the principles of God's government is a salvation issue respect for the eternal principles of God's government differentiates the servants of God from the servants of the world notice the quotation continues the love of demarcation between those who serve God and those who serve Him not is to be kept clear and distinct the principles of God's government are codify it in the 10 commandments God begins the 2nd table of the 10 Commandments detailing how we are to relate to our 1st authority our parents and the child is to honor his parents the child is to obey his parents and the Lord the child is to recognize and acknowledge his parents have been given God given authority does being under the authority of the parent diminish the child's value now now in God's eyes the child has equal value with the parent perhaps the child has even greater value does being the authority over the child increase the value of the parent now it just increases the responsibility of the parent and also the accountability of the parents God was the father of Adam and Adam was to honor God as his head Eve came out of Adam who was in a limited sense her father and even Eve was to honor Adam's leadership in the home but this commandment is far reaching and goes beyond the parent. Whether we are children or parents we are to honor those in authority by deference respect and obedience in the Lord and if Asians 5 and 6 Paul uses this commandment as the basis for how we are to relate to all human authority home church school work or stayed the same cannot create he can corrupt and pervert and he attempts to defile all of God's creation including government his success in leading people to reject authority in government is one of the defining san's of the last days understanding God's government is not optional for those living at the end of time for we are told that in order to endure the trial before them they must understand the will of God as revealed in His Word they can honor him only as they have a right conception of his character government and purposes and for act in accordance with them and this statement exposes Satan centime game plan he is attempting to keep us from understanding the will of God by spreading misinformation about God in 3 critical areas number one his character number 2 his government and number 3 his purposes God is love and central to his character government and purposes is love the character of God answers the question of who God is the government of God answers the question of how God works and the and understanding his purposes answers the question of why does God do what he does in this sinful world civil heads of state do not provide a good model for God's plan of government for example earthly rulers. They arrive there power honor and wealth from the citizens in the heavenly model the opposite is true the citizens derive their power honor and wealth from the king the ruler in simple this gives me in sinful civil governments the citizens protect the head but in God's government the head protects the citizens the covering cherubs are not protecting God from a potential assassins they are veiling his glory so that he is more assessable to the beings he created home to provide a better model for it is from the parents that the children receive their legacy their genetics their honor and their wealth and it is the parents who protect the child and godly homes and churches are to follow this heavenly model the principles of heaven are to be brought into the government of the home child guidance 143. Desire Of Ages Christ is signs that Heaven's order Heaven's plan of government and I love the next 3 words have NS the harmony shall be represented in his Church on earth there are 4 key leadership principles of God's government 1st God's decisions and commands are reasonable and truthful there never arbitrary 2nd God is deferential toward his citizens he servant to his citizens he rules in a very gentle and mild way and all service for him is voluntary 3rd God's laws are protected he grants complete freedom within this area limits and finally God delegates authority and governs through such delegated authority he holds Representatives strictly accountable for the way they use his delegated authority this is the accountability Council principle. These 4 leadership principles of God's government are universal Let's examine the reasonable clear principle more closely 1st God's decisions and commands are reasonable and clear they're never arbitrary and he requires leaders to follow the same principle instruction must be reasonable in clear. God is reasonable he opposes arbitrary management in government and the word arbitrary is defined as acting on personal whims or random choices Doc God does not make his choices on personal whims or random choices angels don't go into his presence in the morning tiptoeing and wondering it's God in a good mood this morning or is in a bad mood did he wake up on the wrong side of the bed Now don't misunderstand me I'm I'm using man's terms doesn't apply to God and I want to say it reverently but that is said to contrast the God we serve with the way humans are his government is based on reason I'm in system and love is its foundation however the reasonableness of God's commands and restrictions must be accepted by faith many times because the issue of being arbitrary is a very subtle one what is reasonable to a parent or teacher may seem unreasonable to a student or child is that true and many of God's loving and reasonable decisions may appear arbitrary it's important to understand this because some argue against God's instruction because to them that sounds arbitrary and they say well God wouldn't do that because he's not arbitrary simplistic and naive views of what it means to be arbitrary are not sufficient. The heavenly angels are exceedingly intelligent beings yet fully one 3rd of those working directly at the headquarters of God directly working with working within his government felt God was unfair and arbitrary they still feel that way so we should acknowledge right off the bat that some of God's decisions do appear to our eyes arbitrary God has never once done anything even slightly arbitrary because angels and men only have the limited knowledge and experience God's actions may at times appear arbitrary this is made it difficult for him to prove that he is not arbitrary he couldn't settle the problem by saying well I'm not arbitrary. Satan in the disloyal Angels believe that God's requirement of implicit unquestioned obedience is arbitrary requiring angels to be unthinking robots or deluded slaves on the screen you can see my references for this same for Trey's any requirements of God is arbitrary the forbidden fruit that's arbitrary can't eat that fruit the others the Sabbath the law of God All these are portrayed as arbitrary when the appetite of ancient Israel was restricted 3 P. 89 tells us or when any close requirement was brought to bear upon them they reflected upon Moses that He was once an X. were very that he wished to rule them and to be altogether a prince of or them and when he was only an instrument in God's hand to bring his people in the position of submission and obedience to God's voice we need to be very careful not to call God's order in God's ways very. We have looked at the 1st leadership principle of God's government it's reasonable it's truthful it's not arbitrary but we need to examine the 2nd leadership principle the deferential servant principle leadership exercises authority in a gentle and mild way all services got voluntary God doesn't hire one angel to work for him he doesn't increase their wages when he gives them a greater responsibility is an enticement you know if. If you do this for me and I'll give you a little extra. He only except the voluntary service from his citizens it's neither forced nor bribed. In God's government leadership is deferential because it's leading volunteers it's never demanding a godly leader respects the preferences of the ones being led and places their needs above his own deferring when ever to their preferences who are ever principle is not involved and leader following the heavenly government serves the one he leads and the greatest example of Christian godly leadership is Jesus who rules in a gentle mild way he defers to our preferences when ever he possibly can a Godly husband will defer to the preferences of his wife over his own preferences that's God's leadership style crisis already we're told that or 18 B. is exercised in wisdom in all kindness and gentleness Ellen White was writing this letter to a dictatorial husband she was contrasting how Christ leads with how this husband was demanding desire of a just 22 the exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God's government. He desires only the surface of love and love cannot become and it it cannot be won by force or authority we've all seen the little sign that says. Morale. The beatings will continue until morale improves only by love is love awakened the low service for God All of it is voluntary the Bible makes plain that God does not hesitate to use limited force against his enemies to protect his servants and also to restrain evil alternately in his strange act he is compelled to use highly directed force to punish and destroy the wicked in heaven before sin Christ exercised his authority with such mild humility listen to me that many angels did not even know that he was the ruler of heaven as loose Verdes parted from the order that God established he and I am quoting gradually assumed command which devolved on Christ alone so he kind of took over areas he presented him in such a will himself in such a way that this is from this day with God page to $56.00 the angels read it with me the angels in less exalted positions suppose that he Lucifer was the ruler of heaven imagine that for the very 1st time complaints began to be heard in heaven the Lucifer was the cause of the complaint he carefully carefully collected each one blaming the problem on Jesus quote When Satan had succeeded in in winning many angels to his side. And of course he bypassed his immediate supervisor Christ and I quote artfully presented these things to God as having come from the angels he had the temerity to suggest some improvements in God's government he also stated that and I'm quoting It was the desire of the angels that he that is Lucifer occupy the position that Christ held Lucifer thought the condition of the angels needed improvement he thought there were unnecessary rules and regulations and restrictions and heaven he didn't think it was right that angels couldn't choose their own tasks and that each had his special work assigned to them because the Angels were bright he believed they could figure things out themselves and should be free to be more creative and imaginative He stated that the angels should be trusted more since they would not do something that was harmful or imprudent and declare that the angels and and I'm quoting should be left free to follow their own will which whatever guide them right he introduced the competition in rivalry principle and have an honoring the few who excelled this would give the opportunity for advancement by achievement rather than by assignment my achievement rather than God's assignment as disharmony and conflict broke out in heaven Satan's way forward to peace was for God to give in to the angels demands his solution his way of peace was for more of what had caused the problem in the 1st place great conversely for 97 when he urged that changes be made in the order and laws of God's government it was under the pretense that these were necessary in order to preserve harmony in heaven. Peace by appeasement peace by giving people their way is not peace it's only a temporary ceasefire and we need to recognize these kinds of arguments as an echo of Satan's rebellion in heaven in the early eighty's there was unrest among the students and faculty at the 1st Seventh-Day Adventist college battlecry college and the students with the encouragement of some of the faculty despise the founder Goodloe Bell Ultimately students demanded Bell's dismissal in 882 unwise an indulgent administrators granted the demands of the students and apparently there was peace when Bell left to establish Atlanta Kenyan College but it was not the genuine peace and harmony of heaven Ellen White wrote pieces come because the students have had their own way they had been. Assembling and. Demanding having. Having. Adventist vegetarian vegan riots. In another crisis she continued they will be as determined and perseverance as they have been on this occasion and if they find as able an advocate is they have found in Brother Smith That's a righteous myth they may gain again accomplished their purpose so all that students by is giving in to the students are WE DO IT parents you see parents do it all we're doing is teaching them this is how you get your way. If only every Adventist home every administration which every admin is so cool understood the principles of God's government and recognize these echoes of Satan's demanding voice refused to submit to them whenever you hear an argument that unity and harmony can only be preserved by changing God's order. God system you are hearing an echo of Lucifer in heaven no wonder Solomon advised my son fear the Lord and the king do not associate with those given to change rumors are spreading in a strange mix between angels were surfacing when God is sampled the Angelic Host and they give the only solution for the sin problem that was developing in heaven Jesus same claim that Jesus was the real problem but God said Jesus was the only solution in God's government system Jesus doesn't have the solution he is the solution God stated what it always been true that Christ not Lucifer was the ruler and God called the angels to worship Christ and they prostrated themselves before him involuntary but total submission and loyally loyalty to his commands you see this was the very 1st time that an altar call was given to give your heart to Jesus as the 1st one and it was God that set the example and the backdrop was heavenly music that's God's example and during this presentation by God Satan experience conflicting emotions but when God made his appeal came down for all the angels to worship Christ to surrender totally and completely to Christ to once again surrender their lives to is control momentarily Satan was carried along with the music and the Spirit of God was allowed in France with the other angels Satan bowed in worship. And that commitment unfortunately did not last long and almost immediately the old doubts jealousies and envy returned he was stung by jealousy that he wasn't being honored and he was envious that Christ had been honored do you know the difference between jealousy and envy jealousy is feeling that I am insufficiently appreciated. And envy is thinking that you are too appreciated over valued and so with jealousy I may very subtly I'm going to boast about myself so somebody appreciates me as I should be and I'm going to do it in a humble way of course and jealousy envy is where you try to pull that person down in a very pious Adventist way. But the Bible calls it slander but what you're doing is trying to pull somebody down pull yourself up. Jealousy envy you you know the difference between flattery and and slander flattery is telling a lie about you to your face and slander is telling a lie about you behind your back N.T. we're told is well nigh incurable $556.00 if an attempt be made to convince the envious person of his sin he becomes even more bitter against the object of his passion and too often he remains What's that last last word in curable Thus it was with Satan by this time Lucifer was so narcissistic that he was convinced that God's real purpose in accent in assembling the angels and in honoring Christ was really to humiliate Lucifer. Lucifer wasn't fired he resigned his position as covering chair that's how God dealt long with it and the more Lucifer thought about it the more angry he became that Christ had been exalted seeking revenge Lucifer reassembled the angelic coast to exalt and honor himself he charged the gods government had taken a turn for the worst because an absolute ruler had been appointed them patriarchs prophets $37.00 turning truth on its head he made it appear that Christ it is the place that belong to himself Christ it is Lucifer's position when it had been Lucifer that had been assuming Christ position and 1st because of God's gentle and mild rule Satan told the angels that if they stood firm in demanding their rights quote they could yet gain all that they desired in a quote when it became clear that this was not going to happen say and then claim the angels needed to fight for their right now those of you are trying to get these quotes I have all this in printed form and I can give. This out to. Somebody here and they can print out the. Quote for you if you'd like that when it became clear that it was not going to happen as I said Satan then claimed the angels needed to fight for their rights and say insane just follow these steps today you can easily observe this in the political and religious law. Arena pride seeks honor and recognition for itself it is sensitive and easily heard beginning with a demand for our rights in up with fighting for these rights it will always happen. During this tumultuous period in heaven there were questions that angels asked which God refused to answer God is not a hostage to questions and just as God the Son was silent in the face of his crucifixion trial he was reflecting the silence of God his father who was silent in heaven and the rebellious angels tried to and I'm quoting ascertain his purpose and exulting Jesus and endowing him with such an unlimited power and come and there was then just as there are now is now information that God does not make available to angels or to us and God may have declined to answer some questions because the information would have been distracting in other cases he may not have given the information because it was a bill it was above the ability for even the angels to understand he may have withheld some information because it would have been misunderstood or misused by the angels It may have been withheld as a test like the fruit that was withheld from Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden but whatever the reason Satan falsely claimed that God's government was unresponsive in lack transparency he may have insinuated that God God didn't dare answer was hiding answers or didn't even know the answers to some of these questions we don't know how long this problem simmered in heaven but and I quote God bore. With Lucifer and last god Set a time where he would hear Satan's arguments and render a judgment the judgment going on right now is the 2nd judgement that is occurred in heaven the 1st judgment determined what angels would be removed from heaven the 2nd will determine what humans will be admitted to heaven. And I'd rather be in that judgment now I won't be 10 minutes. Standing before the judgment throne Satan proudly presented his case using his now family arguments and threats after listening to the arguments God rendered his judgment and informed to say that he required all the family and haven't even Satan to yield him implicit unquestioned obedience this is not a new truth it is an eternal truth but it was not necessary for God to explain this truth before however sin made it necessary to state what should have been obvious and leave all without excuse Satan believes that Heaven's verdict and sentence was unjust Satan and his angels were convinced them and believe now that they were and I poach the innocent victims of oppressive power great conversely for $99.00 innocent victims evil man join evil angels in believing that Jesus is severe entire radical in the quote that God Himself is autocratic in his government top down and hierarchial this reveals an interesting pattern of natural process before sin to commanded process after sin in heaven the force in Christ leadership was so natural so mild that many angels were not even aware of it the angels too were humble and Christ like happy to function in their assigned position after sin rulers became by turn autocratic or indulgent After Sin subjects were naturally selfish resentful critical and complaining because of sin it became necessary for God to clearly spell out got Christ headship position and enforce it though nothing had changed say and declared that God's explanation of Christ eternal headship position was an announcement of something new a change a rulership which was oppressive arbitrary dictatorial and hierarchial. Like it or not. Satan and his angels are still under Christ authority they are still complain all to comply with the command of Jesus Satan's complaint and Satan's rebellion have not changed God's rule or his rules the story of Job shows is that even now Satan can do nothing without God's permission some of expressed incredulity that prefer all leadership with so naturalists to be almost unnoticed he could be asked how could the angels not be aware of the fact that Jesus was head since the proper response to his headship is submission honor and respect sin has made such a complete difference brothers and sisters that we can a scarce only imagine this kind of natural harmony but we can begin to experience this even now this is the work of the gospel if we consent to remember this quote from this morning he will so identify himself with our thoughts and names so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to his will that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses the Will refined and sanctified will find its highest delight in doing his service we can observe the same pattern of change from natural processes before sin to command and processes after sin before send the law was in the heart it was natural for Adam and for Eve told they it was just like us naturally breathing they obeyed without a thought without a competing desire but this was not true after sin the 10 Commandments had to be defined they were no longer in the heart they had to be placed on stone but through the gospel they are really written in our hearts. Before sin relationships were also natural parents would naturally love their children protect them guide them children would naturally honor and obey their parents after sin relationships had to be defined what was natural before now had to be commanded the wife was submissive to the husband the child subject to the parent the husband father before sin was mild gentle thoughtful humbly serving his wife and children they may not have even been aware of his leadership position his wife in the mother was also humble willingly volunteer and naturally to be a servant what a profound change sin has brought leadership became selfish the husband became at times autocratic and at times indulgent ruling through coercion or bribery Jesus said you know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them and those who are great exercise authority over them yet it shall not be so you sin made the wife selfish resentful critical complaining and this helps us to understand God's law ask what purpose then does the law serve He then answered his question it was added because of transgressions it was always there but sin made it necessary to be stated it was necessary for God's law to be spelled out it was added because of transfer essence we see the same pattern in the home and church in the beginning the head of each family was considered ruler in Priest of his household and to quote Adam by nature exercises delegated leadership authority in the mild humble manner of Jesus Eve who was Christ like happily volunteer into function in the position God it assigned her but sin made it necessary to clear it to spell out Adam's leadership role and enforce it. Satan in the sympathizers declare that Adams headship position and the 10 Commandment law were changed something introduced after sin a punishment for sin and they blasphemously declare these eternal principles to be arbitrary and oppressive However the Gospel changes this as husbands and wives become increasingly alike Christ delegated leadership like the law becomes natural again to live by every word the proceeds from the mouth of God brings peace into the home because it brings Christ rule and governmental order to depart from his gentle rule brings war wherever Christ is not the ruler in the home in society in the church there is division right here we should pause to make a very important observation about God's government Christians don't fight for their rights Jesus explained this to pilot when he said My kingdom is not of this world if my kingdom or of this world my servants would fight Christians do not ever murmur or complain Christianity is not about correct doctrine only it's also about proper attitude the correct interpretation of the scripture is not all that God requires he enjoins upon us that we should not only know the truth but that we should practice the truth as it is and Jesus we are to bring into our practice into our in our association with our fellow man the spirit of him who gave us the truth we are to we have looked at 2 of the principles of God's government 1st its reasonable truthful never arbitrary though it may be portrayed as. Second in God system those with authority are deferential their service to those they lead there is a gentle mild rule with voluntary service from those under their command. But we must come to the protective law principle complete freedom within necessary limits God grants as much liberty as possible this is the protective law principle in the universe there are some things that are incompatible with that life God wants us to live but he won't force life on us if he gives us the freedom to choose eternal life or to choose eternal death to protect us he tells us what dangers must be avoided like the warning signs posted by the falls at Yosemite God's 10 Commandments are warning signs for activities that may seem safe may even seem right but end in death God delights in our lawful choices he gives us great at a L. L. latitude to exercise our preferences and our judgments of the fruit in the garden only one was forbidden all our games save the tie this discretionary all of our time except the Sabbath is ours to manage as we see best man it could be prepared in multiple ways but it could be preserved overnight only on Friday we can marry anyone of our choice as long as they agree to the marriage and are in the faith saying despises these necessary limits that safeguard us from harm he falsely charges that such obedience is limiting and nothing short of slavery say in Pretoria is the wise protections of God's laws unnecessary arbitrary. He offers a life without such restrictions he promises happiness in thoughts words and actions that God forbids but God forbids them only because they mean bring misery and finally death Satan seeks to have us become a law unto ourselves we have looked at the 1st 3 leadership principles of God's government God is reasonable and truthful never arbitrary rulers are gentle and mild in the exercise of their authority the law of God's governments is protective based on granting as wide freedom as possible and includes only the absolutely necessary limits we now come to the final principle the accountability Council principle God delegate authority but holds those he is given authority accountability accountable for how they exercise their authority this is sometimes referred to as headship a word that's interchangeable with leadership God created ordered systems an organization God Himself and I'm quoting a stablished the order of Heaven God created animals with heads God did not add heads to animals as a concession to the sin problem even at the cellular level there is an organizational head found in the nuclear us this cord mates and directs the cell they had coordinates and unites the body it binds together all the functional units of organization so that they can function harmoniously united in purpose that's why the head of the home is called the house band for those who deny that Adam was the head of the home before sent the Bible calls Adam Eve's house ban husband the force in Genesis 36 The Bible calls the civil head a ruler Moses chose able men out of all Israel and made them heads over the people rulers. This is true from the very start as it was written in the beginning the head of each family was considered ruler and priest of his own house whole the civil head was also called a law giver without a head an organization quickly dies to remove the head is to make every part of an organization a law unto itself removing the head by giving everyone their own way as well like because it removes external restrictions and laws but this has been forbidden you shall not at all do as we are doing here today every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes regardless of whether we are dealing with the priests in or posts in Universe God is head sin did not change God's headship the term God had used by Ellen White certainly contains the thought of headship this head she his headship is a good thing the sovereignty of God and I'm quoting involves fullness of blessing to all created beings we do not join the atheists in their attempt to guillotine the universe by review removing God but neither do we join the anarchist and I know me alist and spiritless into in their attempt to make each member ahead a law unto himself if a hander I removes itself from the body it becomes its own head if the foot should say because I am not a hand I am not of the body it is that is it therefore not of the body thus its own head the Bible reveals God is over all is not only high he is the most high he is not only Lord He is Lord of Lords he is not only kidding but King of Kings. But if God is the most high there must be those who are high if he is Lord of Lords there must be lords and if he is King of Kings there must also be kings and there are kings for the Bible shows that the throne of God is itself surrounded by Thrones we saw this in our Sabbath school this week surrounded by thrones with elders sitting on those thrones and wearing crowns before his fall Lucifer had one of the thrones around God's throne and sin brought him the covetous thought I will exalt my throne above the stars of God Furthermore the Bible clearly teaches the headship of Jesus and what he is today he has always been since the I Am is the same yesterday today and forever he is commander of the Army of the Lord He is the ruler of his people in the days of Israel he was the acknowledged head just as the body has only one head the church the Body of Christ has only one head Jesus headship was true before San when peace and joy and perfect submission to the will of haven't existed throughout the end shellac coast into quote We don't know how long this happy state lasted but it quote existed for ages before the entrance of sin is Satan 5000000000 years 4000000 years 100 mail a 100000 years old I don't have a clue though our knowledge of this period of time is limited we know that Lucifer was the covering cherub the most exalted of the heavenly created beings he stood nearest the throne of God and was most closely connected and identified with the him administration of God's government most richly endowed with the glory of his majesty and power before the fall God's government was organized and structured there was a council where Lucifer was an honored member great conversely 69. We need to pause at this point a moment God the Father is not alone the highest council is the Godhead the Trinity God the Father God the Son God the Holy Spirit God the Father is at its head this is the highest council and one that never included Lucifer after this came the various angelic counsels Lucifer served as an honored member of the highest angelic Council in the universe in heaven every head has an associate of council Lucifer was not a puppet when God gave Lucifer a throne God gave him power authority and come and before sin Lucifer gave commands and I'm quoting angels delighted to execute his that is loose verse come hands obeying them with quote alacrity swiftness immediacy Lucifer quote began his work of rebellion with the angels under his command sin did not change the strict organisation in heaven the desertion and rebellion of a 3rd of the angels required a reorganization of the angels who remained loyal This was done at the very start of the war and have been these loyal angels were marshalled in companies each division and I'm quoting here each division with a higher commanding angel at its head in other words in heaven like the church it was organized in divisions and Lucifer was head of a division that rebelled against the authority of God in heaven. The reconstituted God's government remained the same Satan's charges though he had done it that it was safe charges that it was defective and needed to change was Sean by God that it was not defective and needed no change in its laws or in its organization a very simplified organizational flow chart in heaven before the fall would show that God was the Father God. The son and then underneath the Godhead was Lucifer the covering chair of the Angelic Host the sons of God on Fallen worlds and as previously mentioned each head was associated with the council heads are not autocratic and independent they work with councils there's interaction input then united action this is the heavenly model in the home we see the same United governmental structure God's Word is the standard the father is C.E.O. or president in the house band but his major advisor is the wife or mother the C E O and in my case also the C.F.O. the house band wife team have a parental council so that they can have a united pro choice when dealing with the children both the husband and wife are subject to God's Word the goal of the parental Council is to understandingly and unitedly follow God's Word if a child joins the family of the parental council continues but in in addition there is now also a family council this promotes communication harmony and unity and the goal again is for all in the family to understandingly follow God's word. Since we pray that God's will be done in earth as it is in heaven the church has been given as similar a governmental structure there's a church leader with representative members making up Church Councils need a leader know their advisors and representatives are above God's Word they are meeting together to better follow God's word and this is how God organized the early church we see this in the 1st General Conference of the Jerusalem Council found in Acts 15 there they were to meet delegates from the different churches and those who had come from Jerusalem to attend the approaching festivals Meanwhile all controversy was to see sent to a final decision should be given in general counsel this decision was then to be universally accepted by the different churches throughout the country acts of the Apostles one thing this is God's system of organization in some quarters however this heavenly system is being called dictatorial autocratic unchristian Catholic but is got system dictatorial autocratic the man a Catholic or against the New Testament God has warned leaders listen to this the greater the responsibility is placed upon the human agent and the larger his opportunities to dictate and control the more harm here sure to do if he does not carefully follow the Way of the Lord and labor in harmony with the decisions arrived at by the general body of believers in United Council it is those who refuse to follow God's system that are dictatorial and controlling the creation of our world was brought into the councils of heaven manuscript $43.00 B. $891.00 there the covering cherub prepared his request that he should be made Prince to govern the world then in prospect so God even brought into the councils of Haven't the. Creation of this world and dear folk Lucifer asked to be the leader of this world and now you understand some more about how we will be leaders of the world are you glad that God declined to give Lucifer the leadership of this world do you see how his AM has been to be the god of this world to get by force and deception what he wasn't granted by the authority of God This was not accorded him Jesus Christ was to rule the earthly kingdom under God he engaged to take the world with all of its probabilities Oh I'm so thankful for Jesus Satan's propose flowchart was God the Father Lucifer Jesus angelic hosts the sons of God on on fallen world practically However Lucifer's plan put him above God since he was telling God what to do beware of those who exalt Christ headship alone but will not cept his delegated authority in church or family though angels are equal in value they are not identical in personality gifts or office for example some are taller stronger smarter just like they are taller stronger smarter humans they each have their own unique collection of talents there are different orders of angels the Bible speaks of to Serafin the Cherubim it covering Cherub is the highest order for Satan was of the highest order of angels from great Conversely we discover that a covering Cherub is a Serafin each had a special work assigned him we don't know the number of covering cherubs But Lucifer was the head of these angels Gabriel is of this order of Angel because of his position Lucifer was the most honored Lucifer was not more capable than Gabriel though their specific talents and personality were different. Angels were that were given less exalted positions were not necessarily less capable. Although Lucifer had a brighter glow than the other Angels this like Moses glow reflected his proximity to God and was not something he inherently possessed just as God established order and headship in heaven got a stablished order and headship on this sinless earth of creation though all humans are equal in value of they are not identical in personality gifts or offices and he who set the starry worlds on high we're told and tempted with delicate skill the flowers of the field who filled the earth in the heaven with the wonders of His power when he came to crown his glorious work to place one in the minutes to stand as ruler of the fair earth did not fail to create a being worthy of the hand that gave him life just as Lucifer is rulership in heaven was not independent of God Adam ruled as a vice chairman of Jesus his head this is the position of every truly Christian follower was and of course he was given an equally capable assistant Adam ruled as King Eve ruled as Queen both kings and queens or rulers but in different capacities and in these different capacities they should be united as United rulers of the home Kingdom let father and mother show kindness and courtesy to each other God system is universal we can here on this earth cooperate with God's government not more surely is the place prepared for us in the heavenly mansions than is the special place designated on Earth where we are to work for God the Father is to be the house band of the family this is his position and if he is a Christian he will maintain family government in every respect his authority is to be recognized some want to have ask why would he have made Adam to be her head since both had the same perfection of character in mind. This question is troubling because it's the essence of a question Satan raised why did angelic beings created with perfection of character in mind need a head Satan's implication was that headship for Angels was unnecessary but leadership is a good thing a necessary thing that is why God created it this way even perfect beings in organizations need heads even the Godhead Furthermore the same question could be asked after the fall why did modern Eve's need Adam says ahead today since they both had the same imperfection of character in mind again is the answer is the same because leadership is a good and necessary thing the father has no more value than a mother or a child but he has been assigned the responsibility to unite them to care for them and to protect them in God's stead to give his life for their so there are those who do not believe in headship But in this they are attacking the plan of God manuscript $879.00 in every department of the work there should be an acknowledged head and that's the earthly church model and selecting the deacons they chose the head deacon Stephen was chosen 1st he was considered the most proper person to stand at the head and have supervision James as head elder I could go on on this but I'm going to bring it to a close. Folk today there is a rebellion against this when people try to put into heads Co chairman this is not God's model and. Every head is to have a council that's God's model when we understand God's system we will not be elbowing our fellow workers that they make may rule room for our plans your greatest desire will be to work in just the place that God decides you and where he can look upon you with approval. Shall we not come into right relationship to God surely not put away all strife which is a manifestation of unconverted self when you feel sore because you think that somebody is getting else's getting ahead of you take the matter to the Father in prayer ask him to put the impress of His Spirit upon your mind and character when you feel like complaining at your lot look about you for some soul who does not have all the blessings that you enjoy speak to him words of hope and comfort in encouragement such a ministry will be a blessing to him and a greater blessing to yourself that you want let's pray Father in Heaven so much to cover government of God so important it's vital that we understand this it's essential and. Where I wasn't clear. Where I've crowded in too much information Lord help us at least to introduce the topic that people will study this for themselves and will grow and understand you we thank you for hearing me answering this prayer place in. 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