He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. (Matthew 10:40, NKJV)
Sometimes people put greater emphasis on “the letters in red” in their Bibles. They believe the actual words Jesus spoke are more authoritative than the words of the apostles. Yet, Jesus authorized them to go into all the world and preach His gospel (Matt. 28:18-19; Mk. 16:15). In truth, we show our devotion to Jesus by receiving the teachings of His apostles, which were themselves inspired by God. Jesus put no separation between His words and the words of His apostles. In another place He said, “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me” (Lk. 10:16). And again, “he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me” (Jno. 13:20). We are to trust the teachings of the apostles as the very teachings of Jesus. For, as Jesus said, to reject the apostles’ words is to reject the Father who sent Him.