This will be the last post for a while. In case you haven’t read the other parts of this writing series, I am viewing this series as a personal journey for myself to become more knowledgeable in the attributes of God, and I hope that I can help you in some way as well.
God is great because of His authority. If God chooses to do something it is for a reason. God does not have a “plan b.” God never says “oops.” God is sovereign over this world, over satan, and over all of creation. Follow with me as we examine some of God’s authority as shown in scripture.
God has authority over creation and it starts in Genesis 1:1: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. His authority stretches all over creation; in verse 3, He says “Let there be light” and it happened. Read the rest of chapter one and you will see His authority over creation.
Colossians 1:16 states, For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him.
God has authority the planets; He said spin in this direction, and they do. God has authority over the oceans; He said ocean, you can come this far and no further and it does! He tells the mountains how high to go and the valleys how low to sink! This is really an awesome sentiment when you think of the expanse of the earth and even more so the expanse of the universe.
Another example of God’s authority over creation is in Mark when Jesus and disciples are on the boat. Mark 4:39: And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
This next part is simply awesome to me. I battle with satan it seems like on a daily basis and yet God has complete authority over satan. Take Genesis 3:14 as an example. This was after the fall of man: The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, dust you will eat all the days of your life…”
Another example of God’s authority is shown in Job. When satan wants to destroy a saint (satan is really stupid), he must get permission from God. Chapter 1, verse 12: “Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him…” And then satan wants to attack Job’s health to make him curse God. So God says in Chapter 2, verse 6: “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”
Another example of God’s authority is shown in Mark 1:27. The second part says “…He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.” Read the whole story in that passage – it is great. When Jesus speaks with absolute authority, the devil does what he is told. Period.
Finally, God has the authority and the power to destroy satan and he will do it! Revelation 20:10: “And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
I feel I have just barely cracked the surface of God’s authority in this part of the series. I have examined God’s authority over creation, and His authority over satan. There are so many more areas I could hit on God’s authority, and if He leads me to do so, then I will do it. I encourage you to look deeper for yourself at the awesome authority of God.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all. (1 Chr. 29:11)
– Adam Smith