Authority Part 1
by Pastor E. Allen Stanley Jr. | January 15, 2017"And Jesus came and spake unto them, sayng, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 28:18-19
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was the most authoritative person that ever lived on this earth. In this verse, the word power means "authority;" the right to use power. When you read and study the Gospel of Matthew it truly stresses the authority of Jesus Christ.
There was authority to His teaching. He exercised authority in healing, and even in forgiving sins. He had authority over satan, and He delegated that authority to His Apostles. At the close of his Gospel, Matthew made it clear that Jesus has ALL authority.
Since Jesus Christ today has all authority, we may obey Him without fear. No matter where He leads us, no matter what circumstances we face, He is in control. By His death and resurrection, Jesus defeated all enemies and won for Himself all authority.
Jesus said, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth". This commission is given in light of the authority of Jesus. This indicates that this is an authoritative command, not a suggestion. It is the same idea as if an office reminded a private of his rank before he gave the order.
Go therefore: Because Jesus has this authority; we are therefore commanded to go. It is His authority that sends us, His authority that guides us, and His authority that empowers us.
Church, today we have to get up, stand up and move up, because Jesus' authority commands us to do just that.