The Three
God-ordained Institutions
Originally delivered at Trimble, Ohio October 11-13, 2013
There are three institutions that God instituted upon this earth: the Government, the Family and the
Church. Each has its responsibilities, obligations and function.

Ordination in the Bible means that it was appointed. Thus, when we speak of these three as being
God-ordained, what we are saying is that God appointed that these three institutions exist and function in
its proper setting.
The government establishes and maintains order.

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are
ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that
resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt
thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is
the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword
in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye
must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute
also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their
dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
(Romans 13:1-7 KJV)

Government is established to maintain order. Unfortunately, not everyone does what they are supposed to.
There is a need to control and regulate those who will not do what is right. The government serves that
purpose, both domestically and internationally. Thus, whether it is the actions of the police or of the
military, they do not bear the sword in vain. This includes the use of deadly force. A sword is not used to

As one police officer stated, “You can debate the prohibitive impact of capital punishment, but there is one
thing for sure: It reduces the amount of repeat offenders.”

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; Knowing this, that the law is not made for a
righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane,
for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile
themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that
is contrary to sound doctrine; (1 Timothy 1:8-10 KJV)

Anarchy, or the absence of government and regulation, is not the solution. That leaves things in confusion
and disarray. It allows for bad and evil men to prevail. Government is necessary.

God and the Bible does not direct which type of government, whether a democracy, republic, monarchy or
dictatorship is to be instituted; but, it does regulate the responsibilities of the government and its actions.
The government, regardless of the type of government, is subject to the laws of God.

The Christian is to obey the laws of the land. Not only to avoid punishment, but because it is right.
However, if the government requires the Christian to violate what God has said, the Christian has the
responsibility to obey God rather than men.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29

This is further illustrated by Paul admonition to children.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1 KJV)

Regardless of the authority, God’s authority overrides it. Children are to obey their parents “in the Lord.”
That means, as long as the command does not cause them to violate what God has said. If the parents wish
the child to do what God has prohibited, or prohibit what God has said to do, they have not only the right –
but the responsibility – to obey God, and to disobey their parents.

The family is the basic unit of society. No society, no government, no civilization will be stronger than its
families. Anything which weakens the family will weaken the nation.

As my old football coach used to say, “No team is stronger than its weakest player.” The old adage of “no
chain is stronger than its weakest link” is true.

A nation is like a wall that is composed of brick or block. Each family is represented by a brick or block.
What happens when the individual brick/blocks begin to crumble and fall apart? What will happen to the

The family regulates and develops character. Everything that you are was generally developed from your
family. While it is true that power of the gospel has the ability to overcome difficulties in the family, it is a
more difficult route. The family does not necessarily determine what you will be (there is always free will);
but, the statistics show that it is more difficult to overcome the effects of a bad family.

That is why people say, if you want to see how someone will turn out – look at their parents. A daughter
will be like her mother, and a son will be like his father (usually). No one has a stronger influence upon you
than your family. Ask any educator.

The family teaches love. The family should teach the proper love between husband and wife, and parent and
child. Those relationships, by example, teach how to interact with other people.

Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and
be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
(Colossians 3:18-20 KJV)

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to
much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their
husbands, to love their children, {sober: or, wise} To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to
their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. (Titus 2:3-5 KJV)

The family teaches responsibility. Life comes with responsibilities – responsibilities, especially in our

There is a responsibility to work. It has sometimes been called “the Protestant work ethic,” but it is the
godly work ethic.

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he
eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are
busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness
they work, and eat their own bread. (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 KJV)

The family gives stability. The influence of a stable relationship whether it is between husband and wife or
parent and child can not be underestimated. The only common denominator of those in prison is that there
was not a stable father figure in their lives.

The family is the basic unit of society.

The church provides for the spiritual needs of man.

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth
out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV)

Man is more than flesh and bones, he is also a spiritual creature. Government and family provide for his
physical needs, but the church provides for his spiritual needs.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell
shall not prevail against it. {Peter: this name signifies a rock} (Matthew 16:18 KJV)

Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you
overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. (Acts 20:28 KJV)

The church was built by Jesus, and purchased with His blood. Therefore, it belongs to Him. It was ordained
of God.

For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of
the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the
mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the
mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto
his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body,
and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of
the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least
of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath
been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and
powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the
eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with
confidence by the faith of him. (Ephesians 3:1-12 KJV)

The purpose of the church is to be found in the mystery of the gospel. That mystery, as defined by Paul, is
that all men “should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ.” This is
what Paul has revealed. What was a mystery, is no longer a mystery. The grace of Chirst is for all –
regardless of race, nationality, class, cast or sex. The message is for all of mankind.

The church’s purpose is to reconcile man to God -- to provide for the salvation of His soul. In the church,
and through His word, man is provided with everything that He needs to be pleasing in the sight of God.
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received,
and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless
ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died
for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according
to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five
hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After
that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out
of due time. (1 Corinthians 15:1-8 KJV)

Jesus was the fulfillment of Moses and the prophets, the Promised One of God, the Messiah, the Christ –
according to the scriptures
But, what is to be the response of man? When Peter pointed out that Jesus was both Lord and Christ, those
on the Day of Pentecost wanted to know what they were to do to alleviate the guilt of having called for the
crucifixion of the Promised One of God. The answer that Peter gave, is the answer for all of mankind.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your
children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words
did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. (Acts 2:38-40 KJV)