In this short article, Pastor Matt Trewhella lays out three benefits of the interposition of lesser magistrates.
“Standing in the gap” is interposition. But the Lord could find no one to do right and interpose. So he says in verse 31: “Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath.”
This passage reveals that the interposition of the lesser magistrates can abate the just judgment of God. If they stop the evil, the Lord will relent of his judgment. [click here to read the whole short article]
The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is demonstrated by the interposition of lesser civil authorities. When the superior authority (like a governor or federal judiciary) acts lawlessly – it is the duty of the lesser magistrates to interpose and not obey their unlawful actions. The lesser magistrate doctrine was first formalized by Christian men in 1550, but has also been seen in non-Christian nations showing it is natural to man.
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