When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”
The authority of Christ is something we perhaps take for granted in the church. We would answer the question “God’s authority, God gave the authority to Jesus, the Son.” We know this because the Old Testament tells
us of the coming Messiah in prophecy. Jesus declares his authority in actions – healing, miracles and overcoming death and in sayings. But we also know it through our own experience and relationship with the
living God. We can speak with authority of God and our salvation because we are filled with the Holy Spirit and know the reality of an all powerful God.
1 Elwell, Walter A. “Entry for ‘Authority'”. “Evangelical Dictionary of Theology”, 1997.
2 Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding : An Introduction to Christian Theology. Third edition. ed. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2014.