MANY OPINIONS BEING EXPRESSED,
SO BY WHOSE ‘AUTHORITY’ DO THEY SPEAK?
Some question the ‘authority’ of a Christian, to speak boldly, assuredly, and without needing some badge, title, office, or coronation, to be so steadfast and authoritative in their words.
When Jesus taught, He did not use words like, "maybe", "could be", "perhaps", etc. He had the authority and assurance of being King of kings, to therefore speak the assured word of faith.
The Jews were not used to such authority. This world is not used to, nor accepting of the authority and assuredness of Christians in our day. Even many Christians are likewise not accustomed to having someone teach that way. Many today are not comfortable speaking with authority.
We are not the “King of kings”, as is Jesus, but we are commissioned by the that same King of kings, Jesus our Lord, and Divine Savior, to speak His message with authority.
Jesus was and is King of kings, and can speak with more authority than anyone else. We can trust His authoritative message, for not only is He King, but He is Truth.
"And when He was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority doest Thou these things? and who gave Thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell Me, I in likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John whence was it?
from heaven or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say - From heaven! He will say unto us, Why did not ye then believe him? But if we shall say: Of men!, we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And He said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things."
Too many, in that day, and in our own, speak what people want to hear. They have no authority, they have no real knowledge. They speak with supposed authority, but have no right to claim any. We are to trust the message of Jesus, and to teach what He taught with authority. The scribes of Jesus's day taught contrary to Jesus, and contradicted what King Jesus taught. The Pharisees and others shied away from the statements of King Jesus. Jesus did speak definitively, and we can and should speak authoritatively.
We can speak His authoritative message with His authority, that outweighs any authority here on earth, for He spoke it with the assurance of being King of kings.
The false prophets, the troublemakers in the church would like to intimidate our proclamation of the message. Jesus did not back down, and spoke authoritatively in proclaiming the message. Jesus wept over their sins, but did not water down the message of truth. We are not any more angry than was Jesus, but we have an authorized message, and can speak it with the love of Jesus.
Politicians, policemen, government rulers, college professors, media commentators, book authors, etc, all want to claim authority due to their titles.
We tried the voting booths, and we did not have a righteous, godly nation, due to the authority handed the winners. In fact, it is normal to catch rulers of all levels in lies, deceit, immorality, and shameful deeds. We see people campaign for them, we see people praise, applaud, donate, and glorify some who condone killing unborn babies, who seek to condone marriage of another of the same gender. We see them caught in lie after lie, we see them lying to cover the last lie. Is this the kind of leadership for whom the Lord wants us to cast our ballot?
Are we a ‘disciple’ if we are not a learner from King Jesus? Are we ‘apostles’ if we are not ‘sent’ by King Jesus with His work? Are we ‘prophets’ if we speak the message of liars, instead of messages of King Jesus? Are we ‘ambassadors’ of the coming King Jesus, if we represent the evil of some government leaders, instead of King Jesus. Are we truly looking forward to ‘ruling and reigning’ with King Jesus, if we applaud those who are not anywhere near His nature?
What we need is an ‘altar’, not a ‘title’ of ‘authority’. We need to read the Bible, find God’s answers, and speak them with His authority. We need a revival of speaking against sins and errant thinking, and we need Christians to claim the authority of God to preach and teach, and live the Bible truths, demonstrating the authority of being in the relationship with King Jesus.
God is going to bring many to an altar of repentance, we are going to see a revival back to Jesus. Not all will join, not all will ever cease to be blind to sin. But, God is calling, some will hear Him. Some will break in repentance before Him. This breaking from accepting the ‘authorities’ of the world, will bring a new pronouncement from Christians claiming our rightful authority.
The Jewish people in Thessalonica saw Paul and Silas come and preach Jesus, and using the Old Testament Scriptures, reasoned with them. Some of them believed, some of the Jews did not. Many of the Greeks came to follow Jesus. A number of the Jews who did not believe accused Paul, Silas, and their host in the city, Jason, of being contrary to Caesar. Now, if you remember, the Jews were not crazy about Caesar. Yet, in this case, they preferred the murderous Caesar to the loving Jesus. They accused Jason, Paul, and Silas of being ‘contrary’ to Caesar and his ways. They were willing to accept the ‘authority’ of a horrible earthly ruler to the authority of Paul and of Silas.
There are many in our time, who claim to serve God, but still consider the Christ-like ways, which are contrary to the worldly leaders’ ways, to be things to avoid. We see that in the elections of the nation. Christians with pro-life, pro-family, pro-jobs, pro-Christian values can then turn around and vote against the Christian, and for the lying, cheating, perverted, and pro-death politicians. How can that be? Their stand for Jesus as King has not been real, for all He is to them, is an ‘advisor’ whom they have overruled by their supposed 21st century wisdom.
Acts 17:6-7 (KJV)
And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
Paul and Silas were saying that there is another King, there is someone else to choose to serve. They spoke this with ‘authority’. This charge of the Jews against them was probably a charge of mere malevolence. They had to understand that when Paul and Silas spoke of Jesus as a “King”, they did not mean He was going to unseat Caesar from His throne, but that Jesus wanted to rule in our hearts, teach us His meaning for ‘righteousness’, and offer a transformation from wretched sinners to loving saints. It was easy to pervert their words, and to twist the real meaning.
By the accusation of Paul and Silas that they were "contrary to the decrees of Cæsar", they were able to fine them substantially. There are laws on the books already that make it illegal to preach against homosexuality, calling it hate speech. They are soon to be enforced, and great financial cost will come to any who dare to be ‘contrary to the decrees’ of our Caesar. Pro life believers can be prosecuted for speaking to a woman about to murder her child in the womb if they are too near the clinic where the killing takes place. The doctor who kills the baby is protected from murder charges, and paid with our tax dollars.
That is horrible enough, but even worse, is that many votedfor politicians who keep those laws in place. There are few repenting for that sin, there is seldom guilt for voting for ones who are complicit in sins. We are not to help in murder, sexual perversion, prevarications, theft, etc. We are to preach the gospel, lead men to Jesus, and be Christ-like. We do it with the authority of the Divine Creator, Savior, and soon coming King of the universe.
What has happened to the Christ-like nature we had at the moment of salvation? What happened to Christians who interceded for sinners, instead of applauding them? What has happened to the ‘authority’ speaking of Christians?
In Acts 17, it says that the Caesar condoners, troubled the people against the Christ-like ones. They excited the people to unrest against Paul and Silas. The local people feared the Romans, and sought to take action against Paul and Silas. In our day, real Christians are mocked, hated, shunned, due to their authoritative stand against sin. Even others who say they are of God will stir up the animosity against Christians. When the people heard that Paul and Silas were allegedly rebels against the government, they punished them. The mob that they had collected intimidated society against those who served King Jesus.
Paul said “We see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, on account of the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor.”
True Christians are those who have discovered that Jesus is ‘crowned’ to be King, Who has suffered and died because He made Himself for a while to be lower than the angels, so that He could pay the price for sin. It was after His death that He was made King. After His resurrection and after His ascension He was made King.
“Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross; wherefore, God hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
When Jesus arrived in heaven, Jesus was made King. “Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Jesus then “sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.” God then said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.” Jesus is “King of kings” and “all authority, in heaven and on earth is given to me.” The facts leave no other conclusion than that Jesus is King, and that no other will ever take His crown. No matter who is elected to mayor, governor, president, judge, etc. there is only one King, and He rules and no other is at His level of rule.
Jesus said, “The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.” The kingdom of heaven was ‘at hand’, i.e. near, when Jesus came and died for us, rose again victorious over sin and death, and ascended to heaven to take back His divine glory, the kingdom was established. The inauguration of Jesus into the role of ‘King of kings’ is the most blessed fact for each one of us sinners. We are to submit to His authority, and speak His ‘authority’, His messages, to this world. We have His commands to do so, and if we accept His authority, we speak with His authority.
Jesus will prove to even the sceptics that He is ‘King of kings’ when at the soon coming final judgment time, ‘every knee shall bow’. No one will be able to deny His kingship then. Jesus was promised to come again.
In Luke we read, “while they were gazing into heaven, as He went away, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, Men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, Who was taken up from you into heaven, shall so come, in the same manner that you have seen Him going into heaven.”
After the final testing period of the millennium, a final white throne judgment will occur, and every sinner who ever lived will stand before God and Jesus, and be judged for their sins. The King of kings will be recognized and accepted as King, but it will be too late for them to share the blessings of being in His family. Eternal death in a lake of fire, eternally dying for all eternity is a horrible end, for not accepting Jesus to be King before the judgment time.
“It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment.’
The fearful who accept the authority of man, who refuse to speak the authoritative rulings and directions of our Lord Jesus, have become so accepted and condoned that the church today has allowed a distorted gospel, a ruining the purity of the church, a defiling its mission, and an accepting of whatever the world’s authorities proclaim to be right or wrong. Abortion is condoned, homosexuality is accepted, the church is told to be quiet, and some ‘Christians’ applaud the world’s authorities who preach such false messages.
In the book of Judges, we see several times it says that ‘every man did that which was right in his own eyes.’
Judges 17:6 (KJV)
6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21:25 (KJV)
25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
That was then due to the fact that there was ‘no king’ there. We have Jesus now as our King. He is away on a trip to heaven to prepare our eternal ruling city soon to be brought down to earth. We should be speaking with the authority of Jesus, the real Ruler of the Universe. The church today is in a state of many having ‘no King Jesus’ to tell them truth, to explain to them the way that they should go, and to have the spiritual life they should have.
The church, or should I say, many in the church, do what is right in their own eyes. If they were born into a family of ‘democrats’ they vote how the democrats say they should. If they were born into a family of republicans, they vote as the republicans say they should. If they are independents, they vote as they think they should. Where do they ever check to see if King Jesus has an opinion? If they do know what King Jesus would have them vote, they still vote ‘that which is right in THEIR OWN EYES.’.
There is no King Jesus in many today. They have decided they are their own king, and they will do and believe what they will to do and to believe. They do what is right in their own eyes, they vote the same. King Jesus is a forgotten, or unknown Ruler to them.
From the time of John the Baptist, the message was preached ‘REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS NIGH’. To find Jesus as ‘King’ one must repent of their own ways, and give rulership to Jesus. The ‘KINGDOM’ has a ‘KING’, and His name is Jesus. We are to serve Him, to live a life pleasing to Him, to honor Him as KING, and Ruler of our lives.
When John the Baptist was imprisoned, Jesus began to preach the same message. In fact, the wording of Matthew 4:17 indicates that this ‘Repent’ was in most all of Jesus’ sermons. He began His sermons with the ‘repent’ message, for that brought the people to place where He could bless them with teachings, heal them from disease, cure them from leprosy, blindness, etc. The ‘repent’ part was at the beginning of Jesus’ sermons, as it was in John the Baptist’s sermons.
Matthew 4:17 (KJV)
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Few sermons have repentance in them in our time. Many have relegated the word ‘repent’ to another era. They want it to be outdated, and useless. Yet, the state of the church today reveals the real effect of a ‘repent-less’ message from the pulpits. We find sin rampant in even the church. We find whole denominations composed of homosexuals, doing abominable sins. We find parishioners in the choir, on the board of trustees, and even in the pulpit that are committing adultery. Sins have plagued many church buildings. There is no ‘repent’ being preached, and there is far more reason than ever for it to be preached. In the civil government, perverted sinners are elected, lying politicians are applauded, unborn baby murdering is tolerated and paid for by some who attend ‘repent-less’ churches.
To enter the kingdom, to know the King, one must ‘repent’. That was the first message of the church age, the last message of the old covenant. There is no finding of King Jesus, till one repents. The first message we are given ‘authority’ to preach is one of REPENTANCE.
Luke 13:3 (KJV)
3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Luke 13:5 (KJV)
5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
The message of many sermons, many churches is a ‘diluted’ or ‘non existent’ repentance message. We ‘perish’ if we do not repent. No conversions happen if there is no ‘repentance’. This is true no matter in which dispensation we live. This is true no matter in which nation we live. This is true, no matter to which political party, to which church, to which social programs one has joined. It is true no matter how long one has been in a church. Our ‘authoritative’ message right now is ‘repent’, and we say it with the authority given us by Jesus.
The shallow, diluted preaching, that leaves out ‘repentance’ does not grapple with man’s ignorance of God’s ways, man’s sinfulness and guilt. To leave ‘repentance’ out of the sermons, causes shallow, unreal conversions. There are no converts at altar calls, unless one repents. King Jesus is never truly met, unless one repents. Some brag on the number of ‘converts’, but the word ‘convert’ refers to a ‘change’, and there is no ‘change’ unless one repents of the former ways. If there is no repentance, there are no true converts.
The prodigal son, finally left the pig pen, walked home to the father, was willing to be a servant, and showed true repentance.
When one repents: definitions of sin are changed, ballots at elections are changed, lives of the repenters are changed, thinking of the repenters are changed. When one ‘repents’ to God, the persons they allow to have ‘authority’ are changed. If we speak the authoritative message of ‘repent’, the hearers and acceptors of Jesus’ authority, will vote correctly, live correctly, enter the true ‘kingdom of our Lord’, and be eternally able to speak with the authority of Jesus.