References in the New Testament
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In Christianity, the term biblical authority refers to two complementary ideas: the extent to which one can regard the commandments and doctrines within the Old and New Testament scriptures as authoritative over humans’ belief and conduct.
Bible Gateway Romans 13 :: NIV. Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
God has established two kinds of authority–the spiritual and the temporal –for our good and the good of all people.
Walking in spiritual authority or divine ability is living under the influence of God’s grace and unlimited favour. It means to have spiritual power and authority of God. Spiritual authority of the believer gives Christian the enablement to live a fruitful and prosperous life.
God s authority represents God Himself. God alone is authority in all things; all the authorities of the earth are instituted by God. … For their authorities are circumscribed by the measure of the life of Christ in them. Only when they themselves submit to God s authority in them are they able to represent God.
All power, all authority comes from God. Romans 13:1, “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”
The passage in question, chapter 13 of the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Romans, reads, in part: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God.
Power is the ability to act, to get what you want or what you want to accomplish. Authority is the legitimation of power by a group or system. Power and authority are gifts of God. The Christian is neither powerless nor without authority.
Delegated Authority is Limited in Three Ways
The scope of the authority is limited to the area of the authority given to them by God. God does not require us to obey delegated authorities outside the legitimate sphere of their authority.
God is the source of all authority in the universe. To say that someone has authority means that he has the power to enforce obedience. It also means that he has the right to command or to act. Since God created everything that exists, and since He is all-powerful, God has the ultimate authority over all creation.