When Abraham said, “to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you'” (Genesis 22:5 NKJV), he showed how “worship” is a part of our lives, but not our whole life. When they were to enter the Promised Land, God warned Israelites not to adopt the worship practices of other people, and then said, “Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it” (Deuteronomy 12:32 NKJV). While on Earth, Jesus taught: “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him” (John 4:23 NKJV). “Worship” that pleases God must be as He commands, not that just pleases us!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
Where is our confidence in the day of judgment? (1 John 4:17). If we pattern our lives after Christ (1 John 2:3-6), we should have confidence in the day of judgment. The previous verse (1 John 4:16), tells us that we must continually “dwell” in God’s love in order to maintain that confidence.
That successful “dwelling” is also contingent upon our confessing Christ as God’s Son (1 John 4:15), and the keeping of God’s commands (1 John 3:24). Another criteria for our having confidence in the day of judgment is for us to maintain God’s standard of moral purity in ourselves and in our everyday living (1 John 3:2-3; cf. 2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 1:13-16).
All of the above can only be achieved “through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
My favorite compliment that Jesus paid was to the centurion in Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10, when He said to him:
“Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!”
The centurion was representative of the Gentiles, who Jesus said would enter into heaven long before any of the so-called “religious” Jews would (Matthew 8:11-12). Being in command of soldiers, he truly understood authority and its implications, whereas the religious Jews often disregarded God’s authority and commands (Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-13).
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that person is crazy.
Dave Barry, humor writer
The online dictionary gives this definition: (1) the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine; (2) a power or right delegated or given; authorization: Who has the authority to grant permission?; (3) a person or body of persons in whom authority is vested, as a governmental agency.
In addition to Stephen’s good reference of Colossians 3:17 regarding authority, I immediately think of Matthew 28:18, where the text says that Christ has “all authority” in religious matters (also see John 17:2). This means that when it comes to religious authority, I don’t have any. However, we do have the authority from Christ to “Go teach all nations” and “baptize them” by the supreme authority of the Godhead.
Brother John Moore has an excellent series of lessons regarding biblical authority: