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By What Authority?

We read in the inspired book of Matthew 21:23-27,

And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

We note very plainly that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, was asked "by what authority" was he teaching the things he was teaching? He was very plainly expounding what God wanted Him to teach. We have in printed form the mind of God recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Jesus and the Apostles taught as the Holy Spirit moved them.

In modern times the subject of Bible authority does not seem to be taught or emphasized as much as it once was. There was a time when the Church of Christ was known for its' book, chapter, and verse requirement for all things believed and practiced. Modern man can change his mind about what he believes and practices. However, the Bible, the mind of God, is our authority and is not subject to change. Paul vividly states in Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." We must have Bible authority for all that we say and do in order to be pleasing to God!

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Tim Eldridge
(Woodland, AL)


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