Speaking with Authority


Mathew 7:28-29 “When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes”… (Also see Mark 1:21-22 and Luke 4:31)

It just hit me the other day how people react to truth… I was in a group where when one person told another they were doing something wrong, it was answered by saying he had no authority over him…

I wish I could say this was a unique experience, but I have seen this type of thing many times over many years in many places, including church… Whether its a close friend saying, “That’s between me and God” or a loved one saying, “Why can’t you ever support me?”, those who want to do things their way never seem to like it if you say something you know is truth with conviction…

Oddly, it always seems to be the more experienced people who fit in this catagory… New people at work and new Christians at church never seem to mind (and seem to gravitate to) those who would help them have better knowledge…

Aside from being the Son of God, I think one of the reasons Jesus spoke with such authority was that He knew the Scriptures (and believed them). He acted on what was right not on what He wanted… His actions and heart set Him apart from the scribes and they hated Him for it, even as the people were amazed…

Most issues are simple compaired to preaching God’s Word… In law, we can prove our case… In relationships, we can get a counsoler… But we have nothing in us that will ever convince others on the authority of God’s Word, only the Word itself… It is enough, (more than enough) but it can bring the preacher pain caused by the hate of others…

I would ask everyone to pray for their pastors and Christian leaders today, that God would protect them, heal them daily, make them wise, have them passionate for His Truth, and keep them from becoming like the scribes as they speak with authority….

God Bless,
John