The Authority Of The Son Of God
Roger D. Campbell, Seek The Old Paths June 2007
In reference to His Son Jesus, God the Father proclaimed, “This is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him
” (Matt. 17:5).
According to this statement, whom does the Father want us to hear? Jesus.
Later, Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matt. 28:18).
According to this verse, who has all religious power or authority? Jesus does. Jesus
went on in that same conversation to tell His apostles to go and teach all nations,
teaching them to observe all that He commanded (Matt. 28:20). What is it that the
people of all generations need to
hear? The teaching of God’s Son. What is it that
all men need to follow in religious matters? Same answer, the teaching of the Christ.
The Bible declares, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the
doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ,
he hath both the Father and the Son
” (II John 9). What is the clear message of
this verse? If we want the Father and Son on our side, then we must abide in, that
is, keep or follow the teaching of the Christ. The Lord Jesus’ teaching includes not
only what He personally taught while living on the earth, but also what He later taught
through His inspired messengers. That message is recorded for us in the New Testament.
Jesus’ doctrine is the teaching of the New Testament. That, good people, is the only
proper authority for any human to
follow in religion!
Jesus once said, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things
which I say
” (Luke 6:46)? What was His point? Simply this. If we are going to
claim that Jesus is the Lord of our life, then we are obligated to do what He says.
It is through the Gospel that God calls or invites people to Jesus for salvation
(II Thess. 2:14). Some day, that same word will judge us (John 12:48). The Gospel
of God’s Son, that and that alone, is God’s standard of authority for all that we
believe, teach, and practice in religious matters.
In Christ, Steve Preston
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