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The God-given freedom of action expressed in rightful power to control the actions of others.
Ultimate authority belongs to God, who does as he pleases
Ps 115:3 See also 2Ch 20:6; Job 9:12; Job 23:13; Job 42:2; Ps 135:6; Isa 14:27; Isa 43:13; Isa 45:9; Isa 46:10; Da 4:35 Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges God’s authority; Ro 9:19-21; Eph 1:11 God’s authority is demonstrated in election.
It involves the rightful freedom to give orders Mt 8:9 pp Lk 7:8 The centurion to Jesus Christ. See also Ge 41:35; Nu 27:20; Dt 1:15 Moses delegates authority; Jdg 9:29; Ezr 7:24; Ne 3:7; Est 9:29; Isa 22:21; Jer 38:10; Mt 25:23 pp Lk 19:17 the parable of the talents; Mk 13:34; Lk 20:20; Lk 23:7; Jn 19:10 Paul had the authority of the chief priests to arrest believers: Ac 9:14; Ac 26:10,12
It is limited, unlike God’s authority Jn 19:10-11
Responsibilities of those with authority
Examples of the authority of believers
Authority over possessions Ac 5:4 Peter to Ananias regarding the land he sold.
Authority over the will 1Co 7:37 Paul on marriage.
Authority to become children of God Jn 1:12
The authority of the law over believers during their lifetime
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