A false covering will always put a man on a tree, hung in the condemnation of his own guilt. A true covering has put Christ on a tree, that we might walk from that tree receiving truth forever, never again to be hung in judgment. A person receives a false covering as soon as he rebels, even mentally, against God. When a person thinks against another Christian, he is in actuality attacking God. It is certainly not an incidental thing to react mentally against leadership. It is serious in its consequences. Absalom’s false covering put him on a tree.
A person cannot live without the covering of God. Without the Body, and the government of that Body, represented by God’s men, a person is left to the judgment of a false covering. You will be judged for that which you judged another (Romans 2:1). Absalom went against his father David, who was chosen as God’s man. Only God has a right to deal with His man. Even David could not deal with Saul, when Saul was anointed king. It appeared that he had a right since Saul tried to kill him, but God has sole responsibility over His men.
God’s men are given all authority, all power in Heaven and on earth. Weak yet strong, frail yet adequate, this is the living paradox of a servant of God who receives a delegated ministry from Christ. God’s man walking in the fruit of the Spirit is never wrong. Do not usurp authority by going against those whom God alone has chosen to lead.