Friday, November 2, 2012

Kings and Presidents have no authority unless it had been given from above

"Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.” (John 19:11).

That was the response of Jesus to Pontius Pilate. Pilate had just said, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?”"

Jesus reminded Pilate that no king or governor or anyone in authority has any power in and of themselves. All power is granted from above. Barnes Notes explains,

"No power - No such power as you claim. You have not originated the power which you have. You have just as much as is given, and your ability extends no further. Except it were given thee - It has been conceded or granted to you. God has ordered your life, your circumstances, and the extent of your dominion. This was a reproof of a proud man in office, who was forgetful of the great Source of his authority, and who supposed that by his own talents or fortune he had risen to his present place. Alas, how many men in office forget that God gives them their rank, and vainly think that it is owing to their own talents or merits that they have risen to such an elevation. Men of office and talent, as well as others, should remember that God gives them what they have, and that they have no influence except as it is conceded to them from on high."

Let us all remember that as we vote and then watch the outcome on Tuesday.

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