Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Presented by Steven Schiller
During His earthly ministry, Jesus astonished the people with His teaching...
They were astonished by His sermon on the mount - Mt 7:28-29
What impressed the people was that "He taught as one having authority"
Unlike the scribes, who simply interpreted the Law
Jesus spoke as One had the right to make the law!
The question might be raised, "Did Jesus have the authority to speak this way?"
He may have taught with authority, but was it His to do so?
Should we, who read that which He taught, give heed to obey what He said?
At a time when many do not heed the words of Jesus...
Not only those in the world
But, sadly, even many who profess Him to be Lord ...the authority of Jesus needs to be recognized and followed by all, but especially by those who claim to be His disciples
[In this study, we shall review the authority that Jesus has, beginning with...]
THE INHERENT RIGHT OF JESUS' AUTHORITY
BY VIRTUE OF BEING THE CREATOR...
All things were made by Him and for Him - Col 1:16
-- As Creator, Jesus has the authority to expect and demand whatever He desires of His creation
BY VIRTUE OF BEING THE HEIR...
As prophesied, Jesus would be given all things - Ps 2:8
As the Son, Jesus has been appointed heir of all things - He 1:2
-- As the Heir, Jesus has authority over that which has been given Him
BY VIRTUE OF BEING THE REDEEMER...
Jesus has redeemed us from our sins - 1Pe 1:18-19
-- As our Redeemer, He certainly has authority over those who have been purchased by His blood!
[As Creator, Heir, and Redeemer, Jesus has both the inherent right and the earned right to speak with authority. Dare we living today not recognize such authority? Consider others who gave voice to...]
THE RECOGNITION OF JESUS' AUTHORITY
HE WAS WORSHIPPED BY ANGELS...
When He came into the world - He 1:6
As He sat on the throne of God - Re 5:11-12
-- Angels deemed Him worthy to receive power (authority)
HE WAS RECOGNIZED BY DEMONS...
They acknowledged He had the authority to destroy them - Mk 1:23-24
They obeyed His rebuke - Mk 1:25-26
-- Demons, even when possessing power of their own, could not resist His authority
HE WAS PRAISED BY THE REDEEMED...
Those before the throne and the Lamb ascribed salvation to God and the Lamb - Re 7:9-10
Even as John praised Him for having authority over the kings of the earth - Re 1:5
-- If we are among the redeemed, should we not also recognize His authority?
[Finally, let's note...]
THE EXTENT OF JESUS' AUTHORITY
HE HAS ALL AUTHORITY IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH...
As announced by Him prior to His ascension - Mt 28:18
HE IS HEAD OVER THE CHURCH...
He is the head of the body, the church - Col 1:18
Even as He is the savior of the body - Ep 5:23
As the Head, He has delegated His authority to His apostles
Promising His Spirit to guide them into all the truth - Jn 16:12-13
Commanding them to teach others to observe all that He commanded - Mt 28:20
Proclaiming that whoever receives them, receives Him - Jn 13:20
As revealed in the New Testament, Jesus clearly has all authority...
The key issue, then, is what we do in light of this authority...
Will we listen to Jesus and heed Him who speaks with such authority?
Will we as His church allow His apostles to lead and guide us through the authority delegated to them?
Those willing to accept Jesus as Lord, will do what He says Lk 6:46 ; as prophesied by David, they will freely volunteer in the day of His power Ps 110:1,2-3 . May we all honor and accept the authority of Jesus Christ!
Obey the gospel of Jesus Christ before its to late.