The authority of Jesus; Jesus' authority as God's authority

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  • The Authority of Jesus; Summary
    • Jesus' authority as God's authority
      • Based on the claim that Jesus was God incarnate.
        • God incarnate = the belief that Jesus is God in human form. 'incarnate' means 'in flesh'.
    • Jesus' authority as only human
      • Based on the claim that Jesus was not divine.
    • These 2 ways of understanding are not so much denomina-tionally based.
      • They're more so based on different understandings of the authority and reliablility of the Gospels and on the interpretation of the text.
  • Jesus' authority as God's authority
    • Traditional view as stated in the Nicene Creed.
      • The official view of almost all Christians.
    • Based on the acceptance of NT claims about Jesus.
      • According to the Gospels, Jesus claimed to have divine authority.
        • That authority was seen in:
          • His teaching
          • The miracles attributed to him
          • The titles used by and of Jesus.
            • Eg. Son of God, Messiah, Son of Man.
              • Messiah = 'Anointed one'.
        • "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me" -Matthew 28:18.
        • "Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son" -John 17:1-2.
    • Jesus' divine authority seen in his healing
      • The emphasis in the story of Jesus healing the centurion's servant is on the faith of the Roman centurian who recognised the absolute authority of Jesus over healing.
        • He compared it to his own authority over the soldiers under him.
          • In the same way that just one word was enough for instant obedience, Jesus only needed to say the word was enough for healing to take place.
            • The story shows that Jesus had a unique authority.
            • "Lord, don't trouble yourself... But only say the word, and my servant shall be healed." -Luke 7:6-7
    • Jesus' divine authority seen in him teaching
      • According to Mark, those who heard Jesus teach on one occasion were amazed by both what he said and the manner in which he taught.
        • They were used to religious teachers giving instructions based on teachings from previous religous teachers.
        • However, Jesus taught in a new and direct way.
          • He taught with his authority, and those who believed in him were convinced that his authority came from God.
        • "People were amazed at his teaching" -Mark 1:22.


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