Origins of a Nation


The origins of this nation are filled with many famous stories.  The Boston Tea Party, The shot heard round the world, the midnight ride of Paul Revere.  But I think that people forget how much time was involved.

On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence stating that the 13 colonies were regarded as sovereign states and no longer part of the British Empire.

And probably the most famous line from it, is:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

But, it continues on by stating that:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

It was a revolutionary statement.  That the powers used to rule over men, are not granted by God.  It is that men are given sovereign authority, and a government is derived out of that authority by the fact that men consent to live under its rule.

Most of Europe was a monarchy.  Most specifically, Hereditary rule.  A rule whereas the successor was from the blood line of the ruling party.  We know that from Biblical times, it was very hard to find a good God fearing leader from the lines corrupt kings. 

So when the new world decided that it would form its own government, it created quite a stir.

But was that thought, in fact new?  Or had it just been forgotten.

Turning to Genesis,

Gen 1:28  And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

We see it established in the early days of the earth, that Man was given authority and the capacity to be autonomous in his rule.  God came and basically said, here is your realm, here is the extent of your authority.

And to some degree, it worked very well for a long time.  The children of Israel had their leadership, and when they followed close to the structure that God had instituted, they enjoyed times of peace and prosperity.  But when they strayed, hard times befell them.  And then, there came a time when they rejected God and his goodness and asked to be ruled by an earthly king.

And all of the warning about what a king would do to the nation came true.  And Israel became like the other nations and had all of the problems that follow living under the rule of a king.

So, there then came to be a group that knew there had to be something better.

But issuing the Declaration and sending it to England did not start the revolutionary war.  In fact, the war had been going on for about a year.  And it had been two years since the Boston Tea Party.

The War itself lasted from 1775-1783.  Born out of small skirmishes into larger and larger battles.

At one time, 32,000 troops were sent from England to the Americas.  The largest force that the British has sent outside of Europe at that time.

During this time, the fledgling nation was working on the Articles of Confederation.  The framework of power for the 13 united States.  The Articles were ratified by all 13 states in late 1781 but by 1787, it was evident that the framework was incomplete.

New work started on the Constitution that we are familiar with, and it was completed in 1789.

The new frame of government for America was a triune government.  3 separate but equal parts of a governing body.

It was established that there would be an Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branch of government.  Is there any significance to the number of 3, or the ways that the governing powers have been distributed?

Let’s look more closely at the breakdown.

Executive: This is the part of government that has sole authority and responsibility for the daily administration of the state.  It is also seen to execute or enforce the law.

Legislative: This is a non decision-making organization, usually associated with national government, that has the power to enact, amend and repeal laws

. Legislatures observe and steer governing actions.

Judicial:  This is the system that interprets and applies the law in the name of the governing body.

Doesn’t this seem a bit familiar?

Exo 20:1  And God spoke all these words, saying,

Exo 20:2  "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Exo 20:3  "You shall have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4  "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Exo 20:5  You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

Exo 20:6  but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Exo 20:7  "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Exo 20:8  "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Exo 20:9  Six days you shall labor, and do all your work,

Exo 20:10  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

Exo 20:11  For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Exo 20:12  "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.

Exo 20:13  "You shall not murder.

Exo 20:14  "You shall not commit adultery.

Exo 20:15  "You shall not steal.

Exo 20:16  "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Exo 20:17  "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."

Exo 20:18  Now when all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking, the people were afraid and trembled, and they stood far off

Exo 20:19  and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, lest we die."

Exo 20:20  Moses said to the people, "Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin."


Acting as a legislative branch, God has established his law in written form and gave it to us.  It is mere 10 commandments, and they will give us a framework for every aspect of our lives.

But if there is a legislative branch, are there two others?

Joh 16:7  Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

Joh 16:8  And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:

Joh 16:9  concerning sin, because they do not believe in me;

Joh 16:10  concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer;

Joh 16:11  concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.

Joh 16:12  "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

Joh 16:13  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.


Rom 8:9  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

Rom 8:10  But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.


1Co 6:19  Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

1Co 6:20  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.


We see here that the guiding force in our lives is the Holy Spirit.  Much like how the Executive branch is in charge of the matters of state, the Holy Spirit is there to guide on the paths of righteousness.  But we clearly see that we are being led by an entity that speaks not its own authority, but within the rules and laws that have been established.

The executive branch does not have the power to make law, only to work within it.

But what about the judicial branch.  This one is a bit easier to find.

Joh 5:22  The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

Jesus is the judicial branch.  He knows the law, and works to better define the understanding of the law.

Mat 5:21  "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.'

Mat 5:22  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire.

Mat 5:23  So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,

Mat 5:24  leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.


3 parts of government.  Each with a specific role, and all equal in terms of authority as part of a perfect body.  I don’t know if the founding fathers had a very deep understanding of this, or if they were guided by divine providence during the writing of the constitution.  But I feel that it gives just a little bit more understanding as to why there is such hatred and drive to tear down America.  It offers just a little glimpse into interworking’s of Heaven.