Reflections On The Believer’s Authority


I’ve been thinking this week about the subject of the believer’s authority.  The story in Acts 4 triggered my reflection.  There, in verse 7 (English Standard Version), the religious rulers questioned Peter and John concerning the healing of a lame man recorded in Acts 3.  Verse 7, Acts 4, reads “And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”” and is very similar to the question put to Jesus Himself as recorded in Luke, chapter 20, verse 2 (“and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.””).  While thinking about the question of authority, I read this morning a statement written by Rebecca Van Noord in Connect the Testaments: A One Year Devotional with Bible Reading Plan that “Jesus’ authority stems from His relationship with the Father, which is one of complete submission”.

 

A single blog entry is insufficient to fully contemplate the issue of the believer’s authority.  However, the subject is certainly worth investing some time and research to discover what God’s Word teaches on the matter.  My specific question for now is how is the believer’s authority related to our relationship with Christ?  For starters, I am almost certain that most believers I know demonstrate far less “authority” in the realm of spiritual discipline and matters than the authority demonstrated by Christ.  At first reflection, it would appear that we might lack such authority because we are not truly in submission to Christ if the believer’s authority “stems from” the believer’s relationship with Christ in the same way Christ’s authority “stems from His relationship with the Father”.  I invite your comments and thoughts, so please share the blog and submit your comments.  Grace to you and mercy in the Lord.

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~ by brotherfaron on February 12, 2016.

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