Sunday, September 06, 2009

Authority (16) - Two Millennia Later

Jesus has continued this restrained approach for the last 2000 years. He still has authority over the earth, but he has not enforced that authority. Instead, he sent the Holy Spirit to the earth. The Holy Spirit submits to the will of Jesus, so he is under Jesus authority. The Holy Spirit is not human, so he cannot take authority on earth. He can only act on earth, if he has delegated from Jesus who is a man (and therefore entitled to authority on earth).

The Holy Spirit attempts to convict sinners, but they are free to ignore him. He does not force people to repent. The Holy Spirit dwells within Christians. He will teach us the will of Jesus, if we are willing to listen.

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth (1 John 2:20).
The Holy Spirit tells Christians what Jesus wants them to say and do, but most Christians pick and choose. When we hear what the Holy Spirit it saying, we are free to ignore him, and quite often do.

This is the current situation. Jesus still has total authority, but he has chosen not to enforce it. The angels carry out his instructions. The Holy Spirit does his will. Most of the 6 billion people on earth ignore his authority, but he chooses not to impose his authority upon them. Jesus has total authority but it is restrained authority.

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