The Biblical Concept of 
Vertical Relationships

Shadows
Reality
Goverment
Employer
Parents
Husband
Male
Spiritual
Authorities
Christ
God
the Father
Citizen
Employee
Children
Wife
Female
Disciples
The Church
The Son
of God
Rom 13:1-6
Eph 6:5-8
Eph 6:1-3
Eph 5:22-24
1Tim 2:11-14
1Cor 11:7
Heb 13:17
Eph 5:23
John 6:38
Corporal 
Individual
Parental
Intimate
Design
Spiritual

The Bible presents a number of human role relationships as shadows of the relationship between Christ and the Christian and also the relationship between God the Father and the Son of God.

Human authorities have a realm of authority which is limited. How one defines the realm of each authority figure is a matter of some debate. But God should have the last word on such a matter as He establishes authorities (Rom 13:1-6). Just as there are those who are considered (or consider themselves) to have authority outside their real realm of authority (such are not legitimate authorities), so there are those who are legitimate authorities, but are not treated as such (or may not be considering themselves as such). The role of the Husband is often an example of the later. Husbands are generally not treated as authority figures, neither in society and rarely in Christendom. Oppressive Governments may be examples of the former, usurping authority over other legitimate authority figures such as parents and spiritual authorities.
 

The Focus of Vertical Relationships

Authority
Figure
Love & Responsibility
Person Under
Authority
Obedience & Submission
For the person under authority, obedience and submission is the way in which love is demonstrated in such a relationship.
The Berean Christian Bible Study Resources


Jul 29,2015