In Matthew 28:16-20, we have looked at spending time with Jesus, yet knowing that He will be with us “always, to the end of the age”. As we are with Him, it is natural for worship to be our first and highest priority. Now we will look at verse 18; “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Considering this in the context of verse 20, Jesus promised to “always” be with us in fulfilling the Great Commission, so will “all HIS authority…on earth” be with us. Without knowing the authority in His presence, we will lack CONFIDENCE in proclaiming the gospel of grace and there will be no Holy Spirit power in our witness (see Acts 1: 8).
How then is this authority experienced by us who proclaim the gospel? First, His authority must be a reality in our lives; every aspect of the way we live personally, in our marriage and family, in the church, and in every way we intersect with the world. Then the gospel of grace will be spoken with authority because we are living under Christ’s authority. This must come before any human authority.
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