One of the most significant underlying causes of our very disordered and chaotic world system is the disdain and rejection of God’s ordained order of authority. Even in the Godhead there is an order of authority – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself declared that “I and the Father are one” (John 10:20) and yet He also said, “The Father is greater than I” (John 14:28).
Jesus the Christ was one in divine essence and purpose, but subordinate to the Father in authority in respect to doing the Father’s will. So it is in every God-ordained order in all creation. Without knowledge, understanding and obedience to proper biblical order, there is a breakdown and destruction of justice, security, and peace.
Personal Order Before God
God’s ordained order of authority begins with you and me. Since God is the Creator and we are the creation, He is naturally the One in supreme authority over us. Hence the prohibition, “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). No other gods – no other authority except the Lord God as revealed to His holy Covenant People in the Bible. He is the Master and each of us is His servant.
To be fully submitted to God, therefore, is to be in His ordained authority structure in every area of life. But, of course, from the time of Adam on, we have been inclined to go our own way in rebellion to His order. The consequences, therefore, are anything but abiding personal peace, joy and life itself.
Family Order Before God
Individually, we can mask our rebellion pretty well with outward religious and high-sounding philanthropic pursuits. But the rub comes when we are confronted with God’s ordained family order. Let’s begin with marriage between husband and wife. While the Bible states that the Christian husband and wife are equal heirs “of the grace of life” (I Peter 3:7), they are not equal in authority. There is no mistaking the many direct and indirect ways this biblical principle is established: “… The husband is the head of the wife” and wives are to be subject to “their husbands in everything” and to “respect” them (Ephesians 5:23-24,33). Of course, that relationship is often abused and misunderstood. But the order of the marriage is for each one’s mutual benefit – for their own good.
God’s ordained order of authority in marriage is little accepted or practiced today. Men are ignorant about what it means to be in a position of authority as a husband as a firm, but gentle, shepherd for his wife. And wives naturally test the man to find out if there is any way she can be an alpha-female. The feminist equality movement has only added fuel to the fire. Marriage equality in regard to authority is the source of so much suffering, disruption and heartache in broken relationships.
A biblically practiced union between husband and wife is really the foundation for the rest of the sons and daughters in the family. For the children, God’s command is “obey your parents in the Lord…” (Ephesians 6;1) with respect and honor. Why should they do that when mom and dad are out of order? But when God’s ordained order of authority is practiced, the family is at peace and enjoyment of happiness no matter what trials may come.
Church Order Before God
The local church is absolutely critical to God’s Kingdom order. Just like the family, there must be order there too. God’s ordained order of authority is clear for the church. Men should be taking responsibility for ruling and teaching in the church. There are also overseers or elders who are ordained by God (I Timothy 3:1-10) to rule in spiritual oversight of the flock (I Peter 5:1-3). The other men are to “be subject” to them (I Peter 5:5).
There is an authority of gifts to be exercised among the men: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). However this is not the case with the women. “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet” (I Timothy 2:12). God has not given women the authority to teach men. In addition, the church assembly must have orderly meetings (I Corinthians 14).
It cannot be overstated that order within the local church is vital if the power of God is to be manifested in and through it. And throughout Ephesians 1-2 consider the unlimited power of each local assembly.
Racial Order Before God
Here is where God’s ordained order really blows apart today. What can be more controversial and cause greater offense than to suggest that not all races are created equal?
Would it be possible, however, that the reason there is so much racial strife and disorder is because the majority have rejected what God has already ordained? There is a well-accepted, but false belief that all races originated from Adam. I have forthrightly challenged that presumption in the Covenant Heritage Series, Book Four (God’s Covenant Creation) – biblically, historically and scientifically. Few are the brave souls who are willing to investigate the other side of the story. Many refuse to consider it because their minds have been so thoroughly saturated with the political and religious racial equality and integration movement. Yet, most don’t submit to it when it comes to what neighborhoods they choose to live in or where they send their children to school. The Civil Rights Movement was designed to force equality and integration, but it’s not working. More than ever, people still choose to live in a segregated society.
The fact of the matter is that when God’s ordained Adamic covenant family takes their proper role in authority, there is racial order. Let’s face it. The racial problem is getting worse and will not be resolved anytime soon. But when God is obeyed, racial order will be re-established.
That’s why correctly understanding what the Bible says and means must be pursued by men and women of integrity. The answers to our problems are in God’s written Word and manifested when God’s ordained order of authority is embraced and obeyed in every area of our relationships.
By Lawrence Blanchard, ND, MDiv