July 29, 2018

With Authority and Power – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:00 am by sranderson0103

And He came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; and they were amazed at His teaching, for His message was with authority, … And amazement came upon them all, and they began talking with one another saying, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out. (Lk. 4:31-32, 36)

The pompous Pharisees taught, but claimed the authority was from Moses. Jesus taught very differently. Again and again, dozens of times, Jesus is recorded validating His teaching with the words, “I say to you…” Then it really disturbed them when He substantiated His necessarily implied claim of authority with undeniable miracles.

He spoke and acted as God which is exactly who He was.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. … And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)

The Pharisees understood the implication when Jesus backed up His teaching with the weighty words, “I say to you…”

When He spoke, He was speaking with the authority and power of God. Of course, this is also true of words “breathed out by God” in Scripture. ” (II Timothy 3:16 ESV)

Consider how many and varied are the physical analogies used to characterize, illustrate and emphasize its power.

For example, the prophet Jeremiah says, “‘Is not My word like fire?’ declares the LORD, ‘and like a hammer which shatters a rock?’” (Jeremiah 23:29)

The fire analogy is also stressed when the prophet became weary of the negative reaction against his preaching:

But if I say, “I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name,” Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it.” (Jeremiah 20:9)

God’s Word is called a sharp sword wielded by the Holy Spirit. As part of the Christian’s spiritual armor, we are exhorted to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” (Ephesians 6:17)

The Hebrew writer describes it in a similar manner.

“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Perhaps even more authority and power is indicated when the word is compared to light, the most basic of all forms of energy, or power.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. …The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” (Psalm 119:105, 130)

The first spoken words of Christ our Creator were “Let there be light.” (Genesis 1:3)

But no earthly form of power can compare to the power in the words of the One who is Himself the living word of God the Lord Jesus Christ, for He actually “…upholds all things by the word of His power…” (Hebrews 1:3)

 

 

 

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