Posted by Pastor Farthing

Who’s Your Authority

This morning and this afternoon I have been studying Matthew 21:23-27Matthew 21:23-27
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23 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? 24 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. 25 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? 26 But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. 27 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.  

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. The question posed is one we face everyday in many instances. Who or what is your authority? I believe the Pharisees didn’t and wouldn’t answer the question Jesus asked them because they were dishonest.

2 Authorities mentioned in this text: 1. Man’s perceived authority; 2. And the true authority from our Lord.

I watched a football game last week and in the game a play came under review, the game stopped, the umpire, who is in charge on the field went over to another one in charge to make the call, someone that had more authority than the game’s umpire. The call was made and 50 percent liked it and 50 percent didn’t. Here’s my point, the game of football has a rule book and it is supposed to be the final authority. Everyone that plays the game abides by the rule book or they are penalized. But man sometimes meddles with this rule book and confusion ensues.

God is the author and finisher of our faith and has established rules, laws, standards of right and wrong, and many don’t like it, some do, but ultimately the right or wrong, the standards, laws, and final authority is God’s who made the rules, standards, laws, etc…in the first place and they do not change because some else who is not the author of the bible decides they don’t won’t to play by the rules, laws, standards, right and wrong anymore. Many are dishonest and will not answer the question put to them like Jesus did the Pharisees in the text.

Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
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23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  

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says there is a penalty for sin, it’s death. Just because someone establishes their own set of values, standards, or rules does not men they can escape this penalty, nor the punishment eternally of the lost, and since as I Cor 14:33 states God is not the author of confusion, the only application that can be deduced by I Cor 14:33 is that the who or what, that isn’t God, must be the author of confusion, which in this instance would be man who is lead by the spirit of anti-christ be dishonest about what the bible says. Praying for you today. Come to church this Sunday and see what the Lord hath said!

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