A Matter of Jurisdiction

“It’s a Matter of Jurisdiction”

 

When God Divinely ordained authority, He delegated that authority into three areas of human relationships. God Almighty instituted the Home 1st, Civil Government 2nd, and the Local Church 3rd. Just like the Trinity itself, these are all independent, yet they work together to bring righteousness to the forefront of societies.  These exist to train, to teach, and to try people, that we may live our lives to the honor and glory of God Almighty. Lest there be any errors, omissions, or misunderstandings, all three were exclusively derived from, defined by, and described in the Holy Bible, God’s Word.  God Himself established His Word as the Supreme Authority over all of His Creation.

The jurisdictional responsibilities given to these three institutions of God’s Divine Authority are limited within Scripture.  These 3 prove to us that we need the order and guidance of Divine Providence lest we stray from His Word and His Will. With this post, I hope to begin an informational series to discuss these three institutions of God’s Authority, and describe their purpose, place, and power in all of our lives.  I hope to share the benefits associated with being an active and properly functioning member of each one.  Remembering that God Himself gave us His perfect order and plan for our lives, it is only fitting that I write from a Biblical worldview, giving allegiance to the Almighty and allowing Him to own and order these institutions as He sees fit.

The HOME:

We know it was God Who designed and defined marriage, the home, and the family within the first few chapters of Genesis.  He gave “woman” to be the wife of “man” and to their union alone was given the biological abilities afforded by natural law to reproduce children and to “be fruitful and multiply” into generations of families.  These families were to be led and guided by the godly example of their family head, the father.  Over time, the need was evident to govern between families who were independent of each other’s Home authority.  God Himself ordained Civil Government to fill part of that position of responsibility…

CIVIL GOVERNMENT:

It was God’s idea to ordain Civil Government to represent the rights and protect the liberties of each individual and each Home.  Also, that one “Home” could not impede the liberty or the pursuit of happiness enjoyed by another “Home”.  The Civil Government was given authority to incarcerate, levy taxes, protect its citizens, wage war, exact capital punishment, and much more as they fulfilled their duty to represent and protect the individuals within its realm and jurisdiction…

The LOCAL CHURCH:

The Local Church exists to proclaim the Truth of God’s Word to every Home and to every Civil Government.  The Word of God has historically been the standard by which every individual in every Home would be faced with the reality of their sin-guiltiness, and every Civil Government would be held accountable to base the “law of the land” upon the Eternal and Unchanging Laws of “Nature and of Nature’s God”, the Bible…

 

The authority of the Local Church does not overreach into the authority of the Home or the Civil Government, and neither does any level of Civil Government have authority to usurp the authorities of the Home or the Local Church, likewise the Home does not trump the Church or Civil Government.  These were all equally delegated with jurisdictional authority by Almighty God Himself.  Each of these has a mutual responsibility to each of the others, to continue to honor the Lord by functioning properly within their God-given jurisdiction.

Tony Jones is the Pastor of Faith Baptist Church. He and his wife and family have been ministering here in Walterboro for over 11 years. Pastor Tony Jones has been in full time pastoral ministry for over 19 years.