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The Church

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The Church

Part I

by Jamie Patterson

By way of introduction I would like to clarify three important points. This study is written based on the assumption that you: 1. Believe there is a God: 2. Believe the Bible to be the word of God: 3. Believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Our title is a simple, yet serious question. Do I Really Believe in Jesus? Most people, when asked, would probably answer in the affirmative. However, do I see "belief" (faith) the same way God does? This humble endeavor will focus on helping us answer this question.

Authority

Please allow me to ask three questions: 1. Does our country need laws that regulate the conduct of its people? 2. Is it necessary for our country to appoint those who enforce the laws? 3. Do officers of the law have more authority than the common citizen?

Webster defines author as, "one who makes or creates something." He defines authority as, "the power or right to command." If I am driving seventy five in a seventy, what gives the police officer the right to pull me over and issue a citation? The officer is acting on authority given him by those that make (author) and those that enforce (authority) the laws of our land.

Approximately two years after Resenda and I were married, God blessed us with a son. Sixteen months later he blessed us with another. Within our God sanctioned union our boys were created. Accordingly, we have authority over them. It is our duty to teach them right from wrong and to make them behave.

Divine Authority

Please meditate on these next scriptures. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light" (Genesis 1:1-3).

What we have just read is awesome and very critical to our study. Suppose the other morning at 4:45 A.M. I walked outside and in my most commanding voice I said, "Let there be light." I waited for a few moments and then I tried it again. Would you care to guess what might have happened? Absolutely nothing. I did not have the authority to accomplish the task at hand.

God said, "Let there be light"; and light appeared from darkness

(Genesis 1:3). God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass," and grass grew with out anyone planting seed (Geneses 1:11). God said, "Let us make man in our image," and a man was born that did not even have a mother (Geneses 1:26).

What is divine authority? Anything that is achieved by mankind is done so by using agents that were spoken into existence by God almighty. During the creation no cars were manufactured. However, all the raw materials and even the intelligence it took to put it all together was made by God. Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, farmers can grow hay, and science can even produce test tube babies; but only God has the authority to speak and something immediately appears from nothing. This, my friend, is divine authority.

Do I Really Believe in Jesus?

Almighty God in heaven is the author of our very existence. Therefore, he has the authority over us. These two facts are very relevant when considering our belief in Jesus Christ.

Shortly after Jesus arose from the grave he had this to say to the remaining eleven apostles, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth" (Matt. 28: 18). If Jesus had been speaking in modern English it might have went like this, "I have been given authority over all of heaven and all of earth." Therefore, according to Webster’s definition, our Savior has "the power and right to command."

In closing let us ask ourselves one more simple question. In view of what we have just considered; do I really believe in Jesus? Friend–do you really believe in Jesus? –Springtown, Texas

 

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