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All Authority In Heaven And On Earth Has Been Given To Me

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”

Matthew 28:18 – Scripture of the Day (March 19, 2014)

This was the fulfillment of Daniel’s prophecy made centuries earlier (Dan. 7:13-14), and was the basis for Peter’s statement made days later on Pentecost:  “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (Acts 2:36).  Paul, Peter, and the writer of Hebrews also proclaimed the ultimate authority of Christ.  Listen…

For God has put all things in subjection under his feet.  (1 Cor. 15:27a)

That he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.  And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.  (Eph. 1:20-23)

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.  (Phil. 2:9-10)

And you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.  (Col. 2:10)

Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.  (1 Pet. 3:21-22)

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things… (Heb. 1:1-2)

You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.  Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control… (Heb. 2:7-8a)

Isn’t it interesting how so many who claim to follow Christ choose to unrepentantly disobey him and rebel against his commands and teachings?

For example, most of the professed followers of Christ in Christendom deny that one has to be baptized in order to be saved…even though that was a command Jesus gave right after declaring he had all authority (Matt. 28:18-19), and even though Peter declared in the above quote both that baptism saves and that Jesus had authorities and powers subject to him (1 Pet. 3:21-22).

What did Jesus say? 

Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” and not do what I tell you?  (Luke 6:46)

Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?”  And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.”  (Matt. 7:21-23)

Isn’t it interesting how we want Jesus to be our Savior…and we CALL him our Lord…but we like to pick and choose which of his commands to obey?  Regardless of what we say to ourselves to fool ourselves, Jesus IS Lord.  He HAS all authority.  If we go to heaven, it will be both by his grace and because we penitently obey ALL of what he has told us to do.

One Body, One Spirit, One Hope, One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, One God…

There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:4-6 – Scripture of the Day (January 23, 2014)

Let’s break this down:

“One body” – Defined a few chapters earlier as the church of Christ (Eph. 1:22-23; cf. Col. 1:18), and in the following chapter also (Eph. 5:23).  Christ’s body is his church, and there is only one body…hence, only one church as far as God is concerned.  So why all these different churches with their different names and different doctrines that all claim to follow Christ?  See 2 Timothy 4:3-4.  Here’s the important question:  Christ is the Savior of this body, this church (Eph. 5:23).  Do you want Christ to be your Savior?  Be a part of the one body, the one church.

“One Spirit” – the Holy Spirit, who inspired the writers of the Scriptures (2 Pet. 1:19-21), whose writings if followed will produce “the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3).

“One hope that belongs to your call” – We are called by the gospel (2 Thess. 2:14), the good news of the love of God shown in Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:8), through whom we have hope (Rom. 5:2), the hope of eternal life and salvation (Rom. 8:24-25; cf. 2 Cor. 4:16-5:10).

“One Lord” – Jesus Christ, our only Master.  Only in him do we find the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).  Here’s a thought to ponder, however.  It’s easy to call Jesus our Lord, but do our actions back up our words?  Study very carefully Matthew 7:21-27, and then examine yourselves.

“One faith” – Want an interesting project to do?  Get out the Yellow Pages, turn to “Churches,” examine the numerous different kinds of churches listed there under all those sub-headings, and call each one.  Ask to speak to the preacher or some other authority in the church.  Ask them to tell you what that church believes and why they believe it.  You won’t get to the “D” section in the sub-headings before you see just how many different “faiths” man has come up with.  What does God say?  There’s only one faith, and it comes from the words of Christ (Rom. 10:17).  He wants his followers to all say the same things and be completely united (John 17:20-23; 1 Cor. 1:10-13; Phil. 2:1-2), and the only way that’s going to happen is by sticking only to God’s Word (Prov. 30:6).

“One baptism” – Different churches today baptize in different ways for different reasons.  Sprinkling, pouring, immersion, etc.  Done as a sign that you’ve already been saved, done for remission of sins, done to save a baby from sins he or she inherited from their parents, etc.  What does God say?  There’s only one baptism.  Every time you read about baptism in the New Testament, you’re reading a transliteration of a Greek word which means to immerse, so that means that the one baptism is immersion.  Sprinkling and pouring are out.  It’s done for several reasons according to the New Testament.  Want to be saved?  Read Mark 16:16 and 1 Peter 3:21.  Want your sins forgiven?  Read Acts 2:38 and Acts 22:16.  Want to be in Christ and clothed with him?  Read Galatians 3:27.  Want to be spiritually circumcised by God?  Read Colossians 2:11-12.  Want to be spiritually buried and raised from the dead?  Read Romans 6:3-4.  Want to be a part of that one body of Christ, his church of which he is the Savior?  Read 1 Corinthians 12:13.  Want to know the requirements for baptism?  Read Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38, and Acts 8:12, 35-38, and you’ll see that only penitent believers who confess their faith in Christ as the Son of God are candidates for baptism.  That rules out babies.  Here’s the thing, friends.  We hear baptism is something that has nothing to do with salvation.  After reading all of these verses from THE BIBLE, do you still believe that?

“One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” – There is only one God, one Father of us all…and that is the God of the Bible.  Think you can hide from him?  The writer of Hebrews says it best:  “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13).  Are you ready to give an account to God?  (2 Cor. 5:10)