SPECIAL TOPIC: ARCHĒ

 The Greek term archē means the "beginning" or "origin" of something.

1. beginning of the created order (cf. John 1:1; Heb. 1:10)

2. the beginning of the gospel (cf. Mark 1:1; Phil. 4:15; 2 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 2:3; 1 John 1:1)

3. first eyewitnesses (cf. Luke 1:2)

4. beginning signs (miracles, cf. John 2:11)

5.  beginning principles (cf. Heb. 5:12)

6. beginning assurance based on gospel truths (cf. Heb. 3:14)

7. the beginning, Col. 1:18; Rev. 3:14

It came to be used of "rule" or "authority"

1. of human governing officials

a.  Luke 12:11

b.  Luke 20:20

c.  Romans 13:3; Titus 3:1

2. of angelic authorities

a. Romans 8:38

b. 1 Cor. 15:24

c. Eph. 1:21; 3:10; 6:12

d. Col. 1:16; 2:10,15

e. Jude 1:6

These false teachers of the book of Jude despised all authority, earthly and heavenly. They are antinomian libertines. They put themselves and their desires first before God, angels, civil authorities, and church leaders.

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