THERE IS AN ESTABLISHED ORDER OF AUTHORITY BY WHICH GOD’S CHURCH IS TO OPERATE

The following is the order of authority God has ordained.

 

God the Father is listed first. It is God the Father that ordained Jesus. It is written:

Acts 17:31-BECAUSE HE (God the Father) HATH APPOINTED A DAY, IN THE WHICH HE (God the Father) WILL JUDGE THE WORLD IN RIGHTEOUSNESS BY THAT MAN (Christ Jesus) WHOM HE (God the Father) HATH ORDAINED; WHEREOF HE (God the Father) HATH GIVEN ASSURANCE UNTO ALL MEN, IN THAT HE (God the Father) HATH RAISED HIM (God the Son) FROM THE DEAD.

 

1 Tim 2:5-7-FOR THERE IS ONE GOD, AND ONE MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MEN, THE MAN CHRIST JESUS.

 

Again, God the Father ordained Jesus. It is written:

Acts 10:42-AND HE (Jesus) COMMANDED US TO PREACH UNTO THE PEOPLE, AND TO TESTIFY THAT IT IS HE (Jesus) WHICH WAS ORDAINED OF GOD (the Father) TO BE THE JUDGE OF QUICK AND DEAD.

 

1 Cor 11:3-BUT I WOULD HAVE YOU KNOW,…THAT THE HEAD OF CHRIST IS GOD.

 

God the Father is all in all. It is written:

Matthew 28:19-…THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY GHOST. God the Father is listed first. Jesus, Who is also God is named second. The Holy Spirit Who is also God is listed third.

 

1 Cor 15:24,28-THEN COMETH THE END, WHEN HE SHALL HAVE DELIVERED UP THE KINGDOM TO GOD, EVEN THE FATHER; WHEN HE SHALL HAVE PUT DOWN ALL RULE AND ALL AUTHORITY AND POWER. AND WHEN ALL THINGS SHALL BE SUBDUED UNTO HIM, THEN SHALL THE SON ALSO HIMSELF BE SUBJECT UNTO HIM THAT PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIM, THAT GOD MAY BE ALL IN ALL.

  

Jesus in turn ordained the apostles. It is written:

Mark 3:14-AND HE (Jesus) ORDAINED TWELVE, THAT THEY SHOULD BE WITH HIM, AND THAT HE MIGHT SEND THEM FORTH TO PREACH,

Apostles of God are ordained not by men, but by God. It is written:

Galatians 1:1-PAUL, AN APOSTLE, (NOT OF MEN, NEITHER BY MAN, BUT BY JESUS CHRIST, AND GOD THE FATHER, WHO RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD;)

 

Jesus also calls and ordains preachers.

1 Tim 2:7-WHEREUNTO I AM ORDAINED A PREACHER, AND AN APOSTLE,

(I SPEAK THE TRUTH IN CHRIST, AND LIE NOT;) A TEACHER OF THE GENTILES IN FAITH AND VERITY. Who called Paul? Who ordained Paul? Jesus did on the road to Damascus-ref Acts 9:5.

 

The apostles in turn ordained the elders. It is written:

Acts 14:23-AND WHEN THEY (the apostles) HAD ORDAINED THEM ELDERS IN EVERY CHURCH, AND HAD PRAYED WITH FASTING, THEY COMMENDED THEM TO THE LORD, ON WHOM THEY BELIEVED.

 

Christ is the head of the church. Then there is an order of authority to be followed.

Ephesians 5:23-…CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH: AND HE IS THE SAVIOUR OF THE BODY.

1 Corinthians 12:18-27 NIV -BUT IN FACT GOD HAS ARRANGED THE PARTS IN THE BODY, EVERY ONE OF THEM, JUST AS HE WANTED THEM TO BE. IF THEY WERE ALL ONE PART, WHERE WOULD THE BODY BE? AS IT IS, THERE ARE MANY PARTS, BUT ONE BODY. THE EYE CANNOT SAY TO THE HAND, "I DON'T NEED YOU!" AND THE HEAD CANNOT SAY TO THE FEET, "I DON'T NEED YOU!" ON THE CONTRARY, THOSE PARTS OF THE BODY THAT SEEM TO BE WEAKER ARE INDISPENSABLE, AND THE PARTS THAT WE THINK ARE LESS HONORABLE WE TREAT WITH SPECIAL HONOR. AND THE PARTS THAT ARE UNPRESENTABLE ARE TREATED WITH SPECIAL MODESTY, WHILE OUR PRESENTABLE PARTS NEED NO SPECIAL TREATMENT. BUT GOD HAS COMBINED THE MEMBERS OF THE BODY AND HAS GIVEN GREATER HONOR TO THE PARTS THAT LACKED IT, SO THAT THERE SHOULD BE NO DIVISION IN THE BODY, BUT THAT ITS PARTS SHOULD HAVE EQUAL CONCERN FOR EACH OTHER. IF ONE PART SUFFERS, EVERY PART SUFFERS WITH IT; IF ONE PART IS HONORED, EVERY PART REJOICES WITH IT. NOW YOU ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST, AND EACH ONE OF YOU IS A PART OF IT-.

  

1 Corinthians 12:28-AND GOD HATH SET SOME IN THE CHURCH, FIRST APOSTLES, SECONDARILY PROPHETS, THIRDLY TEACHERS, AFTER THAT MIRACLES, THEN GIFTS OF HEALINGS, HELPS, GOVERNMENTS, DIVERSITIES OF TONGUES 

Ephesians 4:11-AND HE GAVE SOME, APOSTLES; AND SOME, PROPHETS; AND SOME, EVANGELISTS; AND SOME, PASTORS AND TEACHERS;

 

Jesus also calls and ordains the born-again saints. It is written:

John 15:14-16-YE ARE MY FRIENDS (referring to those that are called to salvation), IF YE DO WHATSOEVER I COMMAND YOU. HENCEFORTH I CALL YOU NOT SERVANTS; FOR THE SERVANT KNOWETH NOT WHAT HIS LORD DOETH: BUT I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS; FOR ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE HEARD OF MY FATHER I HAVE MADE KNOWN UNTO YOU. YE (the saints) HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME (Christ Jesus), BUT I (Christ Jesus) HAVE CHOSEN YOU (the saints), AND ORDAINED YOU (the saints), THAT YE SHOULD GO AND BRING FORTH FRUIT, AND THAT YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN.

 

Colossians 2:10-THE HEAD OF EVERY MAN IS CHRIST.

 

Then there are the saints in the church. They are under the authority of their minister and the elders. To the saints it is written:

Hebrews 13:17-OBEY THEM THAT HAVE THE RULE OVER YOU, AND SUBMIT YOURSELVES: FOR THEY WATCH FOR YOUR SOULS, AS THEY THAT MUST GIVE ACCOUNT, THAT THEY MAY DO IT WITH JOY, AND NOT WITH GRIEF: FOR THAT IS UNPROFITABLE FOR YOU.

 

In the unsaved world, people may say man, or the Pope, or some other authority ordains preachers or priests. However, it is truly God Himself that ordains apostles and ministers. All other ministers and elders are ordained by Satan; as it is written:

2 Corinthians 11:13-15-FOR SUCH ARE FALSE APOSTLES, DECEITFUL WORKERS, TRANSFORMING THEMSELVES INTO THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST. AND NO MARVEL; FOR SATAN HIMSELF IS TRANSFORMED INTO AN ANGEL OF LIGHT. THEREFORE IT IS NO GREAT THING IF HIS MINISTERS ALSO BE TRANSFORMED AS THE MINISTERS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; WHOSE END SHALL BE ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS.

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