Posts Tagged ‘Authority of Christ’

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The rich young ruler refused to follow Christ. Jesus said it was impossible for a rich man to get into heaven without God’s help.

Peter must have thought, Well, if it is impossible for this young man, blessed with riches, living a good life and gifted with leadership to receive eternal life then what about us?” So Peter says to Jesus, “We’ve given up everything to follow You. What will we get?” (Matthew 19:27 NLT).

“Yes,” Jesus replies, “and I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon His glorious throne, you who have been My followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 

And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for My sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life (Matthew 19:28-29 NLT).

But what on earth is He talking about? 

So let’s break this down one step at a time.


Is this a reference to how history changed dramatically after the death of Christ and because of the influence of the early Church the gospel spread, or is this a totally new creation of the world in a future time, a new heaven, and earth?

The death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ had a huge impact on the world. It set the renewing process in motion starting with the renewing of the lives of those who believed in Christ and, according to Jesus, will one day culminate in the renewing of the world into a new heaven and earth.

Isaiah 65:17 says,  Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth, and no one will even think about the old ones anymore.”

It’s all part of a continuum and Jesus outlines the unfolding of history up until the end times. We haven’t seen the full implications of the renewal yet. When Jesus answers a question, He doesn’t mess around but notice that His answer is an overview of the plans of God for the world.

When Peter is talking to the crowds in Acts 3:19-21, he says Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and He will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah. For He must remain in heaven until the time for the final restoration of all things, as God promised long ago through His holy prophets.” Peter once again gives an overview. Changed lives … changed earth.

2 Peter 3:11-13 says Since everything around us is going to be destroyed like this, what holy and godly lives you should live, looking forward to the day of God and hurrying it along. On that day, He will set the heavens on fire, and the elements will melt away in the flames. But we are looking forward to the new heavens and new earth He has promised, a world filled with God’s righteousness.”

Revelation 21:1-5 says Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God, Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” The culmination of the renewal process.

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” What I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 

And then there is Romans 8:18-23 which says, Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory He will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who His children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time...”

Christ invites you to be a part of the renewal of the end times. This renewal comes from knowing Christ. Every time someone gives their life to Christ they are included in the renewal plans of God which will inevitably culminate in an entire renewal of the planet itself. The invitation of Matthew 19 is to choose to be included in that plan.

Pastor Ross



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Psalm 2:1-7 – GOD’S TURN TO ASK “WHY?”

If only we could appreciate that when we raise a fist to heaven and ask God “Why?” that He is often asking us the same question.


God scoffs when people think that by their opposition to Him that He will somehow not achieve His purposes. God scoffs at me when I want to be known more for what I am against than what I am for. When I stand in an angry crowd with a placard that says, “I don’t believe in anything. I am just here to rebel” it is laughable; incredibly meaningless and this Psalm asks “Why?”

“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the One who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. (Psalms 2:1-4 NLT).

God encourages us not to be involved in such meaningless rebellion and arrogance against His divine purposes.


Then in anger He rebukes them, terrifying them with His fierce fury” (Psalms 2: 5 NLT).

Such arrogance will inevitably lead to heartache, discipline and rebuke. The Lord gets angry at the kings of the earth, those who have plotted against David, His appointed king. They would experience literal terror because David would come against them in a fierce, furious and swift battle. Instead of finding God’s direction for their lives they were faced with God’s discipline through God’s appointed leader.


For the Lord declares, “I have placed My Chosen King on the throne in Jerusalem, on My holy mountain. The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are My son. Today I have become your Father.” (Psalms 2:6-7 NLT).

“My Chosen King … My Son … I have become Your Father.” This is the closest of relationships and there is no doubt that the God-appointed and anointed king has been given authority. God declares it, proclaiming it as the accurate message of His purposes. He declares it and it is engraved into the fabric of the universe, permanently established.

Leviticus 8:12 and 1 Kings 19:16 says that anointing oil was poured on priests, prophets and kings, a beautiful sign of the Holy Spirit setting them apart for God’s purposes.

The invitation of Psalm 2 is to see the perspective of the world through the eyes and leadership of His Son.


The New Testament extends the meaning of this Psalm prophetically to speak of Christ, David’s descendant, as King of Kings, the Son of God, anointed by the Holy Spirit. He is the Messiah (anointed one, Mashiach), great High Priest, Prophet, and King of kings.

Acts 13:30-34 (NLT) says about Jesus “… God raised Him from the dead! And over a period of many days He appeared to those who had gone with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now His witnesses to the people of Israel. “And now we are here to bring you this Good News. The promise was made to our ancestors, and God has now fulfilled it for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. This is what the second psalm says about Jesus: ‘You are My Son. Today I have become Your Father.’ For God had promised to raise Him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, ‘I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.’”

We have the enormous privilege to enter into the promises of God by trusting in Christ.


And just as God is angry and rebukes those who stand in opposition to king David in this Psalm, He also gets angry at those who stand in opposition against Christ as His anointed King. The New Testament takes up the thoughts of Psalm 2 and applies them to Christ …

In some future time, not specified but after the resurrection of Christ … “after that the end will come, when He (Christ) will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, HAVING DESTROYED EVERY RULER AND AUTHORITY AND POWER. For Christ must reign until HE HUMBLES ALL HIS ENEMIES BENEATH HIS FEET. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. For the Scriptures say, “God has put ALL THINGS UNDER HIS AUTHORITY.” … so that God, who gave His Son authority over all things, will be UTTERLY SUPREME OVER EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE.” 1 Corinthians 15:23-31 (NLT)

Christ is described as a terrifying ruler and it will be humiliating and destructive for those who stand in defiance of Christ as King. There is no watering down of these verses. The second coming of Christ comes with judgment.

The invitation of Psalm 2 is to acknowledge Jesus Christ as King, with authority over our lives, to surrender ourselves to Him and submit to His will for us with a healthy mixture of respect (reverential fear) and joy.

Pastor Ross