Commentary By: Gordon King
When you think about it all of us are under someones authority whether we want to be or not. When we work for other people we have to follow their rules placing us under their authority, and if we work for ourselves then we still have to follow certain regulations and laws placing us under government authority. The cities, counties, and states that we live in also have laws, rules, and regulations placed over us making us subject to their authority. Even at home we are under someone’s authority, whether it be our parents or our spouse, but even at that we are still under the authority of the law of the land. When we are in school we are under the authority of the school board and the head of the school. And when we patronize a business such as a restaurant, store, or a movie theater then we are under their authority as to how we act in their establishment, what we wear, and what we can bring in with us, etc. And if we do not follow the rules and regulations of such authorities then we are reprimanded and/or punished for it!
But I will take it a step further and say that we are also under the authority of either Satan or the authority of Jesus Christ. This is where the rubber really meets the road my friends, this is what makes all of the difference in the world. There is only one true God in this world and His name is Jesus Christ! We can only serve one of two masters and all of us serve one of them, whether we know it or not, whether we believe it or not.
So many people do not even believe in heaven or hell, they think that they are just made up places, merely fairy tales. Many people do not believe that Satan is a real being, that he is also just made up, just a fairy tale. And the very sad thing is that even many Christians do not believe that Satan is real! The truth is that both heaven and hell are real places, and Satan is a real being.
Before we were saved, before we were born again as believers in Jesus Christ we followed the ruler of this world, Satan. We may not have known that we did but we did. We may not have sat down at a satanic alter lit up with candles and adorned with a pentagram, but nevertheless we served Satan! This is where most of the world is deceived. They believe that they are serving a better self, a better way of life, and some claim to be spiritual yet do not know God, what spirits are they in touch with? They claim that there are many ways to heaven, yet Jesus said that He is the only way. If it is not of God, not of Jesus Christ, then it is evil and wicked, it is satanic.
When a person does things that are not of God then they are of the devil because only the things of God are not of the devil. This may sound over the top for many people to believe, but if it’s not of God then who is it of? It must be from some other authority. Anything that is not of God is in rebellion to God, and we all know that rebellion to God is sin. Of course we can all sin without the input of Satan, however, who was it that brought sin into this world? It was Satan!
Satan is a liar and a thief, he leads the lost into destruction, he twist the truth, he places fear and doubts into our minds, he does everything in his power to lead people away from God. When we are led away from God it is not God who is doing this but Satan and his demons, in one way or another we are distracted away from God by demonic forces.
The world believes that Mother Earth is to be worshiped, that creation is to be worshiped, that nature and the universe are in control, that evolution is the truth of the world, that if you are spiritual in any way then you will get to heaven. These are all satanic lies, lies straight from the pit of hell my friends, from the pit of hell!
Have you noticed that the world is changing and has been for decades now in regards to self? How important self is, self-image, self-fulfillment, self-reliance. Children are now taught in schools that they are number one, that they must fulfill the pleasures of their hearts, that they always come first. People of the world are consumed with self, with fulfilling the desires of their heart, with doing whatever they feel, with saying whatever comes to mind, with releasing all restraints and inhibitions. This my friends is contrary to how the bible teaches us to be, that we are not number one (God is), that we should not think of ourselves first, that we need to have self-control, that we should love our neighbors as we love ourselves, even our enemies.
Satan is the ruler of this world, he is the authority of the world, and if we are of this world then he has authority over us. However, if we are born again then we are not of this world, we are of a different kingdom, the kingdom of God, the kingdom of Jesus Christ and Christ has authority over us!
You can’t have it both ways, you are under the authority of one ruler, Satan or Jesus Christ, that’s it! No others, no alternatives, no sitting on the side lines as an observer.
The bible tells us that Satan and his demons have doctrines, they have their own set of rules.
1 Timothy 4:1
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,“
These are demonic rules and laws, doctrines and heresies, they are Satan’s, and they rule over the world. Those of the world are under the authority of Satan, under the power of his doctrines.
Only by the blood of the Lamb are we set free from the power of the evil one, only by salvation through Jesus Christ are we pulled out of the darkness and into the light, never again to be under the authority of Satan!
Jesus Christ is light, He is love, He is life. And eternal life in heaven only belongs to Christ and those who belong to Him!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!