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Apostolic Authority #1326

For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed— (2 Corinthians 10:8, NKJV)

Are you ashamed of Bible authority? Have you grown tired of establishing Bible authority for all you say and do by the commandments, apostolic examples and necessary inferences of the New Testament (Colossians 3:17; Acts 15:7-19)? If so, please accept this gentle reminder that without heaven’s authority for our words and deeds, we do not have heaven’s approval (see Matthew 21:23-27). Jesus Christ possesses all authority (right to rule) in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18). He reveals and exercises His authority over us through His word (John 12:48-50). Only when we live according to His truth are we truly His disciples (John 8:31-32; 14:6; 17:17). The apostles of Jesus spoke and wrote His authoritative word for our benefit (1 Corinthians 14:37). Paul was not ashamed of the authority he had as an apostle of Christ. Nor did Paul abuse his authority. Apostolic authority edifies all who submit to it. Spiritual growth in Christ (edification) occurs by following the apostles’ doctrine, not the doctrines of men (Acts 2:42). Who is authorizing what you say and do: heaven, or men?

He who receives you receives me #654

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.