Jesus waited till after his resurrection to claim he possessed ALL Authority over Heaven and Earth. However, that simply summarized the authority he possessed and expressed throughout his ministry. Consider the authority he manifested over Satan in their wilderness encounter. Or the authority he exercised as owner to twice cleanse the temple. Or to forgive sins. Or to judge everyone. Or to die only when he determined; and for the cause he chose. Or by his resurrection, as he commandeered Satan’s most powerful weapon into whining submission.
Having conquered every enemy of mankind by blisteringly conquering God’s only enemy, how would Jesus summarize his authority if not claiming ALL Authority over everything in Heaven or on Earth? We don’t understand Jesus at all unless we fall before him and cry HOLY, MAJESTY, POWER, AUTHORITY! That he waited till after his resurrection to summarize it in the few words of Matthew 28:16-20 isn’t surprising, given his nature to provide evidence for all his claims. That he would say anything less about himself would be inconsistent with his perfectly seamless life of complete dictatorship of earth and heaven. –End Part IV-
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