As Christians where do we get our 'authority' to share the gospel? Joey Shaw makes a compelling argument that it comes directly from Jesus, who was granted "All Authority", which is the title of his recently released book. In All Authority: How the Authority of Jesus Upholds the Great Commission (B&H Publishing Group, 2016), Shaw walks us through Matthew 28:18-20 which includes Jesus' words that are known as the "Great Commission'.
Jesus got his authority from the Father, and he makes it pretty clear that since he has been given all authority, it is his right to send his followers to the very ends of the earth with the mandate to make disciples.
Jesus may have been given all authority, but not everyone believes it. If they did, we wouldn't need to be going into the world. And it's not just that not everyone believes yet; we live in a world where there are a lot of opposing forces trying to usurp that authority.
If you've ever wondered exactly what the Great Commission might mean, then this book is for you. Based on sound biblical scholarship, Shaw breaks the verse into smaller parts and explains each of them in greater detail.
Although the authority, all authority on heaven and earth, has been given to Christ Jesus, there comes a time when each of us has to submit to it. Jesus delights in being Savior, but He wants to be Lord of our lives also. As I read through this book, I became more and more glad that I have made the decision to submit to the authority of my Lord and Savior. Submission might not always seem like a good thing, but in this case it certainly is.
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