I woke this morning and prepared some of the food I need for the next several days. After I finished, I still had a few hours before the start of the day. Derek Prince came to mind. I have watched a few of his messages on YouTube in the past year or so.
Looking, I found that I had watched Part 1 of a message by Derek called Laying the Foundation – Authority of the Word of God. A few key things stood out from his message, but one strongly relates to the subjects on this site.
Matthew 28:18–20 (LEB)
And Jesus approached and* spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go* and* make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the age.”
One of the key things I have considered related to how authority works in the reality of the church is tied to this passage. In order for authority to be exercised by someone outside of the source (God), it must be delegated in some fashion to the secondary party. We call this delegated authority and it is ascribed to many leaders in the church. There is no doubt that some authority is given to those who operate in the truth as examples of the pattern set by Jesus Christ. However, there are many questions about the permanence (in the form of a title) or role apart from the living walking reality of actually acting in a capacity that carries God’s authority.
In this passage, we can see that Jesus the Son received a 100% delegation from God the Father. He was fully authorized and setup as a delegate authority over EVERYTHING. No exceptions.
Now, what did Jesus delegate to others? This is a very different question.
(( Verses that establish what God did delegate to the disciples and the evidences of their understanding ))