Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. (Romans 13:1, 2)

There is only one authority in the entire universe: that which proceeds from God Himself and His throne. In Hebrews, we read that the Lord holds up “all things by the power of His Word” (Hebrews 1:3). Therefore, the Word of God is His authority. We are not dealing with authority as a position here but with authority as a governing power.

The principle of Lucifer

The principle of Lucifer is self-exaltation. If we analyze the fall of Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:13-17), we can understand the motivation that led him to rebel against God. Mankind can only choose between two paths: the path of Lucifer and the path of Jesus. Both are related to the throne of God. However, one will result in humiliation and the other in exaltation. One (Lucifer) sought glory for himself and the other (Christ) emptied himself to the point of dying on a cross. Those who submit themselves to the throne will be exalted; those who want to be where God has not placed them will be humiliated.

The path of Lucifer

Lucifer wants to be equal to God and usurp His throne; therefore, God cast him down to the deepest pit. The result of his self-exaltation was humiliation.

The path of Jesus

Although Jesus is God He did not judge His divine attributes as something that He had to grasp, but He took on the form of a man and humbled himself unto death (Philippians 2:5-10). The result of His humiliation was exaltation.

Sometimes leaders with spurious intentions (artificial) who are on the path of Lucifer rather than on the path of Christ exercise authority. It is easy to exercise power. It is difficult to take up the cross. Jesus did not receive authority simply because He rose up and rebuked the devil. He cast out demons throughout His ministry but we only read that He overcame Lucifer after He went to the cross.


Disobedience is a sin against the holiness of God, but rebellion is a sin against His authority. The example of Saul and David reveals this difference very clearly. God ordered Saul to destroy the Amalekites in battle, but by obeying the principle of Lucifer, he decided to spare the best of the cattle to sacrifice to the Lord. He made sacrifices according to the instructions of God, but he assumed a contrary attitude toward the orders that he received and was rejected because he rebelled against God’s authority; this was a sin against the throne of God (1 Samuel 15:23).

David committed sins that most people consider more serious. David committed adultery with the wife of one of his soldiers while he was away at war and because of the resulting pregnancy, in order to hide his sin; he ordered that the husband be placed in a position where he would certainly die. However, God did not reject David, because his sin was disobedience, not rebellion. David disobeyed and transgressed God’s holiness but not His authority.


If we violate authority we will be walking in the principle of Lucifer. He questioned and violated the authority of God. He did not accept the possibility of submitting to God.

We can clearly perceive the same attitude in man’s behavior today, since as John said: “the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1John 5:19), and the world has Lucifer’s mentality. However, some servants of God also act in this manner: they serve Jesus by obeying doctrines, but they are motivated by the principle of Lucifer. We can teach what is correct, but with the wrong attitude. The things that we say may be appropriate, but if our heart, what we are on the inside is wrong, God will reprove us.

What does it mean to preach the gospel? The preaching of the Gospel is leading people who are rebelling against God by obeying their own will, to submit to divine authority and learn how to obey the Lord’s will. How can we preach the Gospel so that people submit themselves to the God’s authority if we ourselves do not submit? Satan does not fear our word; he only fears our submission to God.

When Jesus offered what we call the “Lord’s Prayer”, He asked God to deliver us from temptation and from evil, which are tied to the work of Lucifer. However, at the end of the prayer we read, “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory” (Matthew 6:9-13). This is the key to everything, since every man because of his sinful nature seeks after the kingdom, power and glory. The kingdom represents authority and government. Jesus said that these things belong to God and not to us. Only He is sovereign. Jesus taught us to pray exactly that which Satan questioned every day.

Some people are converted but they do not understand the authority of God. Paul is an interesting example. He persecuted the church until he met the Lord on the road to Damascus. He persecuted Christians thinking that he was being zealous for God, just as many Christians do today. However, he did it with a rebellious heart. Only after he met the Lord did he recognize who had true authority.

Paul was very important in his days; he was a religious authority with social status. However, he obeyed God by submitting to Ananias who was a simple and unknown man in order to receive healing and spiritual direction (Acts 9). Those who understand this principle do not confuse the person with the authority that he represents. Whoever understands what authority is, knows that it comes from God and that it uses people as mere instruments.

Our service to God is not a matter of sacrifice, neglecting our ego or accomplishing great works, but of submission to the Lord’s will. We do not have to do great things for God; we have to do only what He commanded. It is not a question of preference or of will, but of obedience. In the garden of Gethsemane, it wasn’t a matter of whether Jesus would do something for God or not, like going to the cross, but whether he would submit to God’s will or not even if it meant dying on the cross.

Many people do great works for God, but they are not submissive to His authority (Mat. 7:21-23). This is why we must teach the vision of the overcomer. Overcomers don’t merely receive salvation, but they have accepted God’s authority.