John 1:4 "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men."

John 8:32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

 John 14:6 "Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." 



May, 2019

Lessons to Convert

This Month's Theme:

Scriptural Authority


Authority is the command or direction to guide, train, and enforce. To authorize something is to empower or direct by authority. In divine affairs, all authority originates with God!

1 Corinthians 15:24-28.

Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”


All Divine authority originates with God. It was God that gave the Christ all authority in heaven and earth.

Ephesians 1:22-23 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, 23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”; see also: Colossians 1:18.


Christ Jesus has all preeminence over the church as given Him by God. Before His departure from this world, Jesus spoke intimately with His chosen (minus Judas, who had gone out to betray Him). In the sad words the Lord shared with them concerning His leaving them, He would also comfort them by stating that He would not leave them orphans. He would send them the Holy Spirit that would remind them of all things, teach them all things, and guide them into all truth.

John 14:16-17; John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.- John 15:26-27; John 16:13-15.


In the work and life of the Apostles of Christ, the truth would be revealed in the written word of God.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”


In this we see, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the authority for all we do, as the church, resides permanently in the word!

2 John 9 “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.”


So, how do we use the word to establish Christ's authority in the church?


1) Precept.

This is from the Greek, ‘ entol '; which refers to direct statement or positive command.


Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.


As the Lord commissioned His chosen, we can see a couple of direct precepts or commands. First, they were to go and make disciples of all the nations. Second, they were to instruct these disciples in all things that the Lord had commanded them.


2) Approved Example.

As the Gospel of Christ is a teaching Gospel, we derive much of the authority for the practice of the church via the practice of the church under Apostolic guidance (they having received it by Divine appointment). Thus the New Testament of Christ is in many cases an illustrative guide.



Acts 2:42 “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

Acts 20:7 “Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight.”

1 Corinthians 16:2 “On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.”


On the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 (which took place on the first day of the week), we see the first disciples of Christ engaging in acts of worship. Again many years later, we have an additional illustration concerning the day the disciples came together; “the first day of the week” .

Additionally, as Paul commanded the Corinthians concerning laying aside and storing up, he gave this command for the first day of the week because that is when the saints came together.


3) Necessary Inference.

This embodies that which is not expressly stated or specifically exemplified; yet, is necessarily implied by clear meaning of language used!


1 Corinthians 11:26 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.”


We know that it was the first day of the week that the disciples came together and engaged in acts of worship. In the inference of Paul to the Corinthian Christians, we see that this was something they did often. In other words, there is a first day of the week in every week and it is implied that it was each first day of the week that they came together.


4) All Authority is Given in Either Specific or General form.

This helps to define for us the fact that the doctrine of Christ is in fact a law of liberty. By this, it is understood that where there is specific commands concerning a practice we are to engage; it excludes any other way to accomplish the command. Where there is a general command concerning a practice we are to engage (defining that it first must be scriptural); it includes various ways to accomplish.



Specific Command: “Go” – This excludes any other option, such as staying in a cave or hiding from men.

General Command: “Go” – In this unique command of the Lord we find both a specific nature, but a general nature as well; as He didn't define how they were to go. So in the fulfillment of the command they can include walk, run, ride, or swim.

The Use Of God's Word as The Only Source Of Authority Requires that We Know It - 2 Timothy 2:15; And Use it (only!) – 2 John 9.

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