Authority is one of those topics that many avoid because it is the universal reason most people get in trouble. Either authority is ignored or it is abused. Jesus was never afraid of divine authority. Over and over He points to the Father as the One He submitted to; “the Son can do nothing of His own accord, but only what He sees the Father doing” (John 5:19).
When Jesus was making His call to anyone on “the last day of the feast, the great day” (7:37), He linked satisfying the thirst of anyone with the authority of the Scriptures; “as the Scripture has said” (7:38). You would think that the teachers of the Law would have stopped and wondered what they were missing when they heard him say this. No, not one person took the time to read the Scriptures and link them with Jesus’ words and discover real satisfaction.
Perhaps we are not much different. We get so familiar with a form of ‘doing church’ that we miss the real freshness and power of the Holy Spirit because we fail to realize the authority of the Word. If these Jews had paused to think about their spiritual thirst and how the Scriptures they claimed to know, provided the answer to their need, they would have come to Jesus and believed.
I am firmly convinced that at the root of every problem in the Church today and the reason why we have not yet fulfilled the Great Commission, is because we really do not fully accept the authority of God’s Word. If we did, things would change dramatically and immediately.
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