Hebrews 12:5-11

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

The father's/Father's authority is:

1) to give commands and rules to be obeyed and facts and truth to be accepted as is (by faith) to his/His children.

2) to bless those children who obey and do things right (rewarding them for doing what is right).

3) to chasten those children who do not obey and do things wrong (to persuade them not to do what is wrong but to do what is right), engendering a "guilty conscience" in them for disobedience.
    Discussing with the child (at the parent's discretion) what they did wrong, or are possibly thinking about doing or might do wrong, so that they might not do it again or not do it in the first place—answering their child's question only if the child humbly honors the parent's office of authority, only wanting clarification in order to properly do what the parent wants done, right is different than dialogue. Dialoguing with the child negates discussion, i.e., negates the father's/Father's authority, making the father/Father and the child "equal" in the child's eyes.  It is why the rebellious child's "Why?" is asked in response to the father's/Father's commands and rules (indicative of rebellion—done in order to get the father into dialogue, i.e., in order to get him to negate his office of authority) instead of the child's "Why?" being asked of the father's/Father's facts or truth (to know more clearly the facts or truth), honoring the father's/Father's "Because I said so." or "It is written" when given, engendering faith.

4) to cast out those children who do not accept 1), 2), and 3) but question the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth and challenge his/His authority instead.

While parents are not perfect (some can be down right tyrants, i.e., as a King, using the power of the sword for their own gain or pleasure, usurping authority, i.e., making decisions without direction from and restraint under God—the difference between "Lex Rex," i.e., man under Law, i.e., under God, and "Rex Lex," i.e., man above Law, or God's law being absent), the office they serve in is, having been given to them by God (who is perfect) to serve under Him in.

It should be noted that God has not called man to kill man for a nation in His name, since the cross, i.e. since Jesus Christ declared "It is finished," "My Kingdom is not of this world." There is no such thing as a "Christian" nation, business, etc.,. There is only a nation with Christians, a business run by a Christian, etc., all being influenced by the Christian faith. Man can not advance the "Kingdom of God" by force, i.e., he can not defend his faith. His faith can only defend Him. He can only defend that which is his by law, i.e., his family, his property, and his business. Limited government is based upon this understanding, preventing man from encroaching upon that which is not his, by law—why government must be 'limited' or it will claim all as belonging to it, even in the name of "the people," by law).

The first four commandments are sacred, between you and God, the next six are secular, between you and man. The first of the four is between you and your Heavenly Father, His only begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit, i.e. God. The first of the next six is between you and your earthly father and mother.

Jesus would not dialogue with the devil. Instead He preached, taught, and lived the words of His Father, "It is written ...." Jesus said: "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." John 5:30 His whole ministry depended upon His Father's authority. (John 17) "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father who sent me, he gave me commandment what I should say, and what I should speak." John 12:49 and He has called us all to do the same. "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50 In fact Jesus came that we might come to know His Heavenly Father as our Father. "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven." Matthew 23:9 Jesus (the obedient Son of our Heavenly Father), who, by his death on the cross, 'redeeming' us from His Father's wrath upon us for our sins (for our disobedience) is the only one who, through his resurrection from the grave, can 'reconcile' us to His Heavenly Father. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

The gospel is as much about the Father as it is about the Son. "And truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ." 1 John 3:1 "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:5-11

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