How to Handle Authority: Yours and Others | Jay Fesperman (1/3)
It seems that the Lord wants us to share about something that we have been sharing [on] for several years. We have reached a stage where the Lord wants us to dig and probe deeper into this subject (as well as other subjects). This is so important a matter, in the face of what God is doing in the church throughout the world. Lately, within this contemporary renewal in the work of the Holy Spirit, great emphasis has been put on things we had forgotten or laid aside as not being all that important. The subject: HOW TO HANDLE AUTHORITY: YOURS AND OTHERS.
Let’s take a look at some of the things God is doing in the Church today: 1) Planting new churches all over the world. 2) Shaking out of the present churches that with which He is not pleased. 3) Establishing MODEL churches in strategic places. 4) Uniting the Church. 5) Disciplining nations. 6) A new dimension of prayer, especially in intercession. 7) Opening new areas of the world to the Church. 8) Correcting the flaws in marriage and rearing children. 9) Making men holy, to become real leaders in the Church. 10) Raising up leaders of HIS choice to set AUTHORITY in the Church.
It is the last three of the list above where we have been spending the greater portion of our time and effort. And FATHERHOOD is the root word. That’s where everything has, or had, its beginning! See Ephesians 3:14-15: “For this reason I kneel before the FATHER, from Whom His whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name”. In the margin, that’s translated, “from whom all FATHERHOOD derives its name”. Paul is saying, “I bow down, I submit tot he one and only source of AUTHORITY, God my FATHER”. And he says, in Romans 13:1, “. . . there is no authority except that which God has established”. ALL FATHERHOOD!!!
To sire a child is not to father him! Paul referred to himself as Timothy’s father, but we know Timothy was not sired by Paul. The gospel of Luke chapter 2 says, “Jesus went to His home in Nazareth and was obedient to his father”. But Joseph did not sire Jesus; he fathered him, from childhood right on into manhood! . . . . Now, the very essence FATHERHOOD is AUTHORITY. In the passage where Isaiah is telling about the coming of Jesus, among the things he said about Him was, “. . . and the GOVERNMENT will be on His shoulders”. The Isaiah listed four titles by which Jesus would become known: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, EVERLASTING FATHER, Prince of Peace. Jesus, the Child to be born, became everlasting FATHER!
From Jay Fesperman’s “Letters of Exhortation”, Number 35, January 1984.