Unity as Regards Authority

Most differences among professing Christians boil down to a difference in their view of authority in religion. We can find unity, however, if we submit to Christ as Lord.
The Old Testament predicted the Christ would be a King from the line of David. Jesus is that King. While he was on earth, he called people to acknowledge his Lordship and proclaimed the coming of the kingdom of God, which one enters through a new birth of water and the Spirit (John 3:1-5).
Following the resurrection of Christ, he ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father. From this position of glory Jesus governs all things in heaven and on earth, and he reigns in order to bless his church (Ephesians 1:22).
Rejecting the sole authority of Scripture in the church, false teachers today are looking to personal experience, familiar tradition, and human reason as new sources of authority. Abandoning the exclusive authority of Scripture is nothing less than treason against the Lord who speaks through Scripture.
For the church to be united in Christ, we must follow the direction he provides through Scripture, being careful not to go beyond what is written (1 Corinthians 4:6). Substituting our own preferences in the place of his authority always leads to division.

One Reply to “Unity as Regards Authority”

  1. just wanted to comment – I have enjoyed the writings of Greg Tidwell for a while now. Greg was even kind enough to mail me a beautiful Bible (which I treasure) a few years back out of the blue when I sent him a question. Being raised a rc the Bible is a new adventure! Keep up the good work Greg!

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