Category Archives: Authority of Jesus Christ

What Did John See?

Revelation 1:1-20. The Book of Revelation shows us that Jesus is at the center of everything. We can’t have a proper view of the world, or of the church, until we have a clear view of Him (Rev 1:1, 4, 11). When we finally do see Him clearly, the pressure to conform to the ever-fluctuating standards of this world will be released.

I. JESUS REVEALED: PURPOSE

A. To brace the church against persecution (Rev 2:10)
B. To warn the church of false teaching (Rev 2:14–16)
C. To threaten the impenitent with rejection (Rev 2:20–21)

II. JESUS REVEALED: POWER

A. Faithful Witness (Rev 1:5; John 18:37; 1 Tim 6:13)
B. Firstborn of the dead (Rev 1:5, 18; Matt 27; Heb 7:15-16)
C. Ruler of the kings of the earth (Rev 1:5; 19:11–16; Matt 28:18)
D. Awe and Fear inspiring (Rev 1:12-16)

III. JESUS REVEALED: APPLICATION

A. Appreciate what HE has done (Rev 1:5-6)
B. Appreciate what HE will do (Rev 1:7–8)
C. Appreciate what HE wants to do (Rev 1:17; Matt 11:28-30)

This image of the Lord should make us consider how we are living.
He comforts us, but He evaluate us too (Rev 20).
Are you in His Kingdom?

The Authority of Christ

One who has authority possesses power and jurisdiction. One with authority has the right to tell others what to do, the right to expect them to do it, and the right to punish them if they refuse to obey. As the Son of God, Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18).

Jesus worked many miracles while He walked this earth. Although people were helped by these miracles, none of them were performed exclusively for the immediate physical benefit of mankind. They were performed primarily as signs, certifying that Jesus was who He claimed to be. Jesus said, “But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish – the very works that I do – bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me” (John 5:36). Some of the Jews understood this. “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world’” (John 6:14). To the Jews on Pentecost, Peter claimed that Jesus was “a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know” (Acts 2:22).

When Jesus performed miracles, He exercised His divine authority over a variety of things. One should notice that in all these miracles, the things which were under the Lord’s authority responded positively and immediately to His authority. When Jesus healed the sick, He showed His authority over disease. When Jesus healed the leper, the leper was cleansed “immediately” [authority over time] (Matt. 8:2-3). When Jesus cast out demons, He showed His authority over demons. The demons recognized both Jesus as well as His authority over them. When people saw Jesus cast out demons, they marveled, “For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him” (Mark 1:23-27). When Jesus calmed the sea, He showed His authority over nature. The disciples who saw it feared and remarked, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (Mark 4:39-41). When Jesus raised the dead, He showed His authority over death. Jairus’ daughter arose immediately when Jesus called for her to come back to life (Mark 5:41-42).

When Jesus healed the sick, their bodies responded immediately.
When Jesus commanded the elements of nature, they responded to His voice immediately. When Jesus told the dead to come back to life, they arose immediately. When Jesus rebuked and cast out demons, even they responded in immediate obedience. These miracles were done before men, and for the benefit of mankind. Those who witnessed these miracles concluded that Jesus was a man of unique authority. Those who heard Him speak acknowledged that He spoke with authority (Matt. 7:29).

Thus, one would expect that individuals who heard Jesus would respond positively and immediately to His authority. Yet, sadly, many of them did not. The all-authoritative Christ could command the elements and the subjects of the spiritual world with the sound of His voice, but when this same Christ appealed to mankind, He was often met with reluctance, rejection and rebellion. And He allowed it.

“Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11, emphasis mine – HR). Notice, Paul says everyone should respect the authority of Christ, but many still do not today. However, there will come a day in which everyone will respect His authority. “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God” (Rom. 14:11).

On Judgement Day, everyone will see the Lord of glory, will bow the knee, and will confess that He is Lord. Many will do so to their eternal regret. However, those of us who have acknowledged the authority of Christ in our lives by our obedience to His word will bow before Him with confidence and expectation of an eternal reward. — By Heath Rogers

Insufficient Spiritual Guides

We need to be committed to knowing AND obeying the Scriptures.  Ignorance of the Word of God hasn’t been a good excuse for a long time (Acts 17:11, 30; Jer 6:16; Deut 6:24; 10:12-13; Phil 4:9; 2 John 1:9-10).  Why is God so restrictive?  He is the all-wise and loving Father of all; He always knows what is best (Eph 4:6).  Then why do people risk losing His favor?
I. WARNING!  DO NOT FOLLOW!
A. Cherished Traditions (Gal 1:13-14)
1. God is not — chiefly honored
B. Personal Conscience (Acts 23:1; 26:11; Prov 21:2; 1 Tim 4:1-2)
1. God is not — always guide
C. Majority View (Exo 23:2; Matt 7:13-14)
1. God is not — ever impressed
D. Sincere Feelings (Prov 16:25; 14:12; Jer 10:23)
1. God is not — main motivation
E. The Church (Eph 1:22-23)
1. Christ is not — disciples’ Master (Luke 14:27, 33)
F. Old Testament (Col 2:14-15)
1. Christ is not — final Word (Matt 19:3-9; Mark 9:1-7; Heb 1:2; Matt 28:18-20; Eph 3:3-5; Matt 12:30; John 12:48; Rom 10:17)
Is the Lord Jesus Christ your guide today? 
He wants to be, but He leaves the choice to you.
(John 3:16; Rom 10:10; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3-4; Gal 3:27; 1 John 1:7-9)