Authority: The Climax of Authority

THE CLIMAX OF AUTHORITY

IN GOD’S ORDER THE OBEDIENCE THAT LEADS INTO EMPTINESS FLOWS INTO FULLNESS:

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becomingobedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 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, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:5-11 ESV). “And Jesus came and said to them,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matt 28:18 ESV).

The New Testament stresses the authority granted to Jesus with his resurrection from the dead; “and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 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.”(Ephesians 1:19-21 ESV).

Paul’s foundational gospel statement at the commencement of Romans expounds the source of Jesus resurrection power in terms of his obedient Sonship, “Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord,” (Romans 1:1-4 ESV).

The resurrection is a revelation to Jesus, as a real human being, of his equality with God the Father. The Lordship of Jesus, an understood way of speaking of his authority, is not something which he possesses simply by being God.  It is a reality attained by his human victory over sin, Satan and death through real life struggle and suffering. Jesus has authority in our midst today as a glorified human being i.e. one of us.

THE PINNACLE OF HIS AUTHORITY IS TO MAKE US WHAT HE IS; OBEDIENT SONS OF GOD REMADE IN HIS OWN LIKENESS.

But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the authority to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13 ESV cf. Rom 8:29).

The sovereign authority of Jesus enables him to pour out the Holy Spirit, his Spirit of sonship, into our hearts so that we cry out, ““Abba! Father!”” (Rom 8:15; Gal 4:6). The reception of the revelation of God as Father signifies the completion of the eternal plan of God, a plan that is achieved through the authority of the Sonship of Jesus.

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