Subsidiary post:  Against Authority

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(The word “authority” is shown in bold; synonyms for, or allusions to, authority are shown in italicized bold.  An asterisk appears at the beginning of any citation which does not contain the word “authority”)

Matthew 7:28, 29  –  for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.”  –  See also Isaiah 30:30 below.

Matthew 8:9 (same as Luke 7:8)  –  “I also am a man under authority, with soldiers under me”

Matthew 20:25  –  “…the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them.”

*Matthew 22:21 (same as Mark 12:17 and Luke 20:25, both below)  –  “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”

Matthew 28:18  –  “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

Mark 10:42  –  “…those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.”

*Mark 12:17 (same as Matthw 22:21 above and Luke 20:25 below)  –  “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”

Luke 4:32 –  “and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority.”  –  See also Isaiah 30:30 below.

Luke 7:8 (same as Matthew 8:9)  –  “I also am a man placed under authority, with soldiers under me…”

John 17:2  –  “you gave Him authority over all flesh”

John 19:10  –  “I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You”
John 19:11  –  “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above”  –  Compare to Romans 13:1 below.

Acts 14:16  –  “In the generations gone by He permitted all the nations to go their own ways;”  –  Compare with Acts 17:30.  Paul is describing how God was moving from a time of not imposing His authority upon the Gentiles to a time of imposing that authority.

Acts 17:30  –  “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,”
Acts 17:31

Romans 13:1-7  –  “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. 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.  For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.  Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing.  Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

1 Corinthians 14:40  –  “… and in an orderly manner.”

1 Corinthians 15:24  –  “…when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.”

Ephesians 1:10  –  “with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth…”

Ephesians 1:21  –  “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.”

Colossians 2:10  –  “…He is the head over all rule and authority;”

1 Thessalonians 4:2  –  “For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.”

1 Timothy 1:4  –  “…furthering the administration of God which is by faith.”

1 Timothy 2:1, 2  –  “for kings and all who are in authority

1 Timothy 2:12  –  “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man…”

*Titus 2:9  –  “Urge bondslaves to be subject to their own masters in everything…”

Titus 3:1  –  “Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities

1 Peter 2:13, 14  – “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right.”

1 Peter 2:18  –  “Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect…”

1 Peter 3:22  –  “…after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him.

2 Peter 2:10  –  “those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority

Jude 1:8  –  “and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties”

Jude 1:25  –  “to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority…”

Revelation 12:10  –  “the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come”


Psalm 2:3  – “Let us tear their fetters apart and cast away their cords from us!”

Psalm 50:23  –  “…And to him who orders his way aright…”

Ecclesiastes 8:9  –  “…wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.”

*Isaiah 9:6  –  “And the government will rest on His shoulders”
*Isaiah 9:7  –  “There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom

Isaiah 30:30  –  “And the LORD will cause His voice of authority to be heard…”  –  See also Matthew 7:28-29 and Luke 4:32 above.

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