Yesterday we discussed Part 1 of “God’s Authority Over Every Area of Our Lives” from The Kingdom Agenda by Dr. Tony Evans, and the chapter entitled “The Authority of the Kingdom Agenda“. We are continuing that study today. What follows are excerpts from his book in the chapter The Authority of the Kingdom Agenda.
Personal Commitment to Biblical Authority: Let’s start with the personal dimension of kingdom life, what we are calling self-government under God’s authority. This is where God ultimately wants us to arrive. The kingdom agenda starts with you and your personal commitment to biblical authority. Jesus said it best when He said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” Life itself is tied to biblical authority. If you rebel against it, you’re rebelling against life and inviting death. Moses told Israel, “All the commandments that I am commanding you today you shall be careful to do, that you may live” (Deuteronomy 8:1).
The Bible has relatively few core teachings. It may talk about them in a thousand ways, but the Bible only has a handful of foundational truths. Exodus 20 contains what Moses called literally the “ten words.” We know them as the Ten Commandments. They are the summary of life, the foundation and essence of God’s law. Now God added about 613 stipulations to break out the commandments in more detail.
But these “ten words” summarize what God expects. So if you understand the Ten Commandments, you will have the core of what God expects from His kingdom subjects. But even better than that, Jesus summarized the essence of these commandments for us in Matthew 22:36–40. A lawyer came to Jesus and asked Him a lawyer-type question: “Which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ … The second [commandment] is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” (vv. 37, 39). There you have the very core of God’s kingdom agenda.
You don’t have to go to seminary to know that the two most important things God would have you do is to love Him with all of your being and to love others as you love yourself. In the words of Solomon, “Fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Since God’s Word is the authority in our personal lives and since He has specific instructions for us to keep, where do we get the motivation to keep His Word? To the unrighteous, it may be fear of judgment. But the motivation for believers is the appreciation for God’s grace. You and I keep God’s Word out of gratitude because we recognize that it’s by His grace we are even here.
If you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, He has set you free. Duty ought to rise out of devotion. If you want God’s authority and power to override your circumstances rather than continually being under your circumstances, then start aligning your life according to His Word.