Authority is defined as “The power to determine, to adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control command or determine.” (From Webster’s Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language). Jesus stated God the Holy Father, He and the Holy Spirit were all unified, and singular in purpose, plus, that each of them was deity. (John 17:21, 1 Corinthians 8:6, 1 John 2:14, 1 John 5:7, and elsewhere).
While here Jesus also stated that “all authority has been given to Me in both heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18 and elsewhere).
So, we asked this question a few years ago: How much authority does Jesus have? Let’s ask: exactly how much authority is “all” authority?
A simple conclusion — Who is the end source of all things from our point of view? And, where should we be getting our information on: 1) how to save our souls, 2) how to live good and godly lives, 3) how to become a Christian, and lastly, 4) how to be pleasing to God?
It’s not the preacher and it’s not the rabbi or a pope. It is not some book on a shelf from some PhD, or master of religion. The source of authority is listed in “the Word” – which is what the Apostle John called Jesus. (John 1).
Reading the Word is sometimes difficult – but reading is required. Study is required. And, once we clear the smoke from our eyes, obedience to what Jesus said is required.
How much is heaven worth? And, how much authority is ALL authority?