The Authority of Christ
We come to Christ recognizing Him
as Lord of our lives.
‘Through him we received grace and apostleship
to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that
comes from faith for his name’s sake.’ (Romans 1:5)
One of the things that characterized Jesus was His authority. When He said, ‘Follow me,’ to Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip and Matthew – they followed Him! They left their nets and their business, their families and their friends and followed him. And they never went home again – most of these men ultimately died as martyrs for His cause.
Jesus stands unique in history. Every time we write the date, we acknowledge the birth of Jesus Christ. If Jesus was a fraud, His disillusioned followers would have written Him out of the pages of history in just a few short years.
Paul describes the foundation for Christ’s authority in Romans 1:4: ‘Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness’ (KJV). Jesus was declared with power to be the Son of God. It’s the living Christ that gives the energy and the power in the Christian life. When we acknowledge our need of Him, and live in active daily dependence on Him, we experience His continuing presence and power.
Lord, I yield my life to You; You are my Life and my Strength.
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