And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:18-20)
His Authority Is All Authority
The right of power is exercised by the one who is given the authority to exercise dominion over another. There are only two kinds of authority: that which comes from man and that which comes from God. The question through the ages has been whose authority man follows. From the beginning of time the Lord allowed man to exercise his dominion over the world in many aspects of life using his authority to control his world either politically, economically and many social laws. The laws of man were not evil as long as they did not deny the higher authority of God that ruled with absolute dominion over all of the affairs of men. When men began to disregard the law of God and live within their own laws sin reigned in their hearts. Man is incapable of living under his own dominion because he does not know how to direct his life without failing miserably. God created man for a single purpose to glorify his Maker and this cannot be done unless man submits to the rule and authority of the Lord. Satan challenged the authority of God when he whispered in Eve’s ear, “Has God indeed said?” She believed her rights were subverted by the law of God and when she and Adam exercised their rights to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil they found the authority of God was true. Throughout the history of man as told in the Bible people have struggled with whose authority is greater. When Jesus Christ came into the world He reasserted the supreme rule of God as the only law man can live under without suffering the wrath of the Father. The resurrection of Jesus confirmed He alone is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is no other authority but the authority of Jesus Christ given to Him by His Father.
All authority means there is no other authority. The Son of God declared sole ownership of the power to dictate law, establish patterns and confirm the will of the Father by His word. Jesus declared there can be no other word but His word. Many books fill the hearts of men with doctrines, creeds and patterns that do not follow the word of Jesus Christ. The Bible is the only word of truth and there is no other book that contains the mind of God. Religions of men are man-made dogmas that add to the word of Christ without His authority. If it is not in the Bible it is not the authority of Jesus Christ. The only words that will save a man are found in the Bible: not the Book of Mormon, Koran, church manuals of Protestant faiths or decrees handed down by the Pope. All authority belongs to Christ and to Him alone. Every pattern of worship, organization of the body of Christ, teaching of salvation and instrument of faith that is not found in the Bible is not the authority of Christ. All authority means what it says. It is surprising how many things people do in the name of Christ without His authority. The will of Christ is the only rule of law. There can be no other fundamental truth than what is found in the sixty-six books of the revealed word of God for man to follow. When Jesus rose from the dead and the Father made Him Lord and Christ all authority was given to one man to exercise the will of the Father on all men without exception. Following any doctrine that is not from Christ is a lie.
The will of God is the authority of Christ. Every pattern of worship is established by the authority of Jesus Christ. Teachings of salvation can only be found in the words of the One who died on the cross to save all men. Jesus told His disciples to go into the world and make disciples. He could tell them to do this because He had the authority to do so. Further, the Lord told His disciples what to teach the people of the world. He told His followers that when a person believed and was baptized they would be saved. This was established by the authority of the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. No other pattern would save a man. Salvation by faith alone is not found in the teachings of Jesus. Being a good person and receiving eternal life is never taught by the followers of the Lord. Following doctrines of men will not save. Only the authority of Jesus Christ will save. Salvation comes from following the authority of Jesus in keeping the commandments of the Lord as found in the Bible. Observing all things commanded by Christ is where salvation is found. The litmus test for the heart of man is whether he can find what he believes on the pages of holy writ established by the authority of Jesus Christ. There is salvation is no other name. All authority is given to the Son of God and His authority is all the authority there can be.