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The Higher Liberty

by Gregory HHC, d
Minister of His Holy Church

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Higher Power

God gave man the right to choose. He has delivered man from bondage and warned him about going under authority of others.

It is essential to the plan and purpose of Satan, the adversary, to deceive people. He does this by telling us part of the truth while deluding us to believe a lie. The cunning use of sophistry and his ability to tempt us to act selfishly in our own interest has been his recorded modus operandi.

Our modern misunderstanding of Romans 13 seems to hinge on one word of the text, powers. Dunamis, dunamai, didomi, arche, ischus, ischuros, kratos and energes are all translated in the New Testament as ‘power’, but have decidedly different meanings than the word that appears in Romans 13.

The original Greek word is exousia. It is from two Greek words. Ex meaning ‘of’ or ‘from’, while ousia means ‘what one has, i.e. property, possessions, estate’. Exousia is defined: “power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases.”7 Is Paul telling us to go under government authority or to remain at liberty?

What would happen if we translated exousia in Romans 13 into the English word “liberty” as we see in Corinthians 8:9?

“Let every soul be subject unto the higher liberty. For there is no liberty but of God: the liberties that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth (opposes) the liberty, resisteth (opposes) the ordinance of God: and they that resist (sets one’s self against) 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 liberty? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.” Romans 13:1-3

Can this be true? Could so many people have been a part of such a bold deception? The word exousia is translated “right” in Hebrews 13:10 and Revelation 22:14, and it is translated as “liberty” in 1 Corinthians 8:9.8

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    7Hebrew & Greek Lexicons, J.B. Smith, Herald Press, Scottdale, PA.

    8“But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.” 1Corinthians 8:9


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