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All Authority is given to the Son

All authority is given to the Son 

   Here is an analogy: Suppose there was large family owned corporation with the father as CEO. He was a good and wise man, who possessed all the power and authority of the company – the buck stopped with him.

   But the son came of age who always served his father and the company in a selfless and sacrificial way and the company thrived because of him. Many of the employees, however, were either jealous of him, did not honor or respect him, or even despised him. They honored and feared only the father because it was he who carried all authority and power.   

   The father recognized his son’s sacrifice and devotion, but when he saw how he was being treated – he decided to honor him. He therefore made a declaration that all his authority and power was being committed to his son, so that the son would be honored and respected just as the father is.

   The disrespectful employees, however, did not want to yield to the authority given to the son and attempted to bypass him by taking company issues directly to the father; but the father was angered and would have nothing to do with them. By choosing to bypass and dishonor the son, they greatly dishonored and offended the father.

    Now read what Jesus said in John 5:22-23: “For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him”.

    While it may seem intolerant and narrow minded to say that Jesus is the only way to the Father, the fact remains that God the Father has committed ALL authority and judgment to God the Son (Jesus). Jesus makes it clear in Matthew 28:18, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”  

   Even the Final Judgment for all mankind will not come from the Father, but from the Son (John 5:22). Bypassing Jesus to get to God is both foolish and impossible. In fact, those who attempt to honor God while ignoring His Son will find that they have greatly offended Him instead, because in dishonoring His Son they dishonored the Father also.

   I have heard people who don’t think they need Jesus say that they will “talk it out” with God one day when they stand before him. The truth is that they will never even stand before the Father to have audience with Him. Instead, they will stand before the Son they rejected, because all authority and judgment has been committed to the Son.

   “Tolerance” advocates proclaim that there are many ways to God and each one is as valid as the next. Can you think of any greater way to offend God than to ignore His Son – the Savior of the world – to Whom He has committed all judgment, authority and power? “He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him”.  

   This is why Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). 

August 7, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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