Jesus Christ’s claim in Matthew 28:18-20 merely reflected what his ministry work, teaching and life anticipated. See Authority as the ability to rule; and Power as the means by which authority expresses itself. Jesus expressed his invisible authority in visible power-manifestations. That means God’s will is done in Heaven and also done on earth. Every event and every person serves God’s purpose, even what seems to oppose it and benefit Satan. As novelist Graham Greene once wrote, God writes straight with crooked lines.
No one can contest him. He’s the only one who can judge what he does, how and why. Many others in history claim to be religious authorities. But they’re only religious spokesmen. Jesus having ALL authority means he lacks NONE, possesses COMPLETE that leaves ZERO for any other person. However much they may claim usefulness for their own people, world religious leaders don’t act as God’s representatives.
When the angel sounded the seventh trumpet—Revelation 11:15—the message resounded with agreement of all previous and succeeding Bible teaching: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” The final part emphasizes the only appropriate use Jesus could have for his TOTAL AUTHORITY! -End Part V-
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