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Title: What Authority Must We Use In The 21st Century?

What Authority Must We Use In The 21st Century?
Biblical Apostolic Authority
  1. Apostolic Authority Of The Lords Church
  2. Commissioned By Jesus To Reveal Gods Plan
  3. Credentialed For Work Of Revelation
  4. N.T. Revelation Inseparably Linked To Apostles
  5. Church Built Upon Foundation Of Apostolic
  6. Local Churches Were Ordered By Apostolic

1. Apostolic Authority Of The Lords Church
Jesus Established His Church
  • Matt 1616-18
  • He said unto them, But who do you say that I
    am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou
    art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And
    Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you,
    Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not
    reveal this to you, but My Father who is in
    heaven. And I also say to you that you are
    Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church
    and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.

The Challenge Throughout History
  • The Lords church can and should be
  • Uniform in organization in every age
  • Uniform in worship in every age
  • Uniform in work in every age
  • Every local church should do same things
  • There may be minor differences
  • But every local church should be identifiable

Restoring The N.T. Order
  • Far more than alleged legalistic arguments about
  • Instrumental music
  • Institutionalism
  • Weekly observance of Lords Supper
  • Baptism for remission of sins
  • The structure of the Lords church
  • The work and mission of the church
  • These are important to any serious student
  • Things Of Paramount import
  • Committed to restoring the N.T. Apostolic order
  • Restoring N.T. church Jesus built
  • True disciples must have restorationist mindset

Denominational Churches View Apostolic Authority
  • Give lip service to concept
  • Apostolic Teaching is unimportant
  • Apostolic Authority has been supplanted
  • Teachings of men, creeds
  • Human founders
  • Human Organizations
  • Human heads
  • Human decrees
  • Apostolic Order Replaced by Ecumenical Order
  • How do I know?
  • Read N.T. (Attend church of your choice?)
  • Compare How N.T. churches viewed Apostolic

The Restorationist Mindset
  • Restore N.T. Christianity
  • Restore N.T. Church
  • Modeled After Primitive Christianity
  • Ordered By Apostolic Authority
  • Profoundly Biblical Concept

Christ Gave The Apostles Specific Authority
  • To Reveal Divine Instruction
  • To Order Churches
  • To Correct Straying Churches

Apostles Revealers Of Divine Will
  • Actions And Teaching Not
  • Arbitrary
  • Incidental
  • According To Divine Will
  • The foundation upon which church built
  • How N.T. churches were built through history

Churches Were Ordered By God
  • The Apostles Divinely Ordained Mission
  • Revealers of Divine Will For Local Churches
  • Doctrine was never a take it or leave it
  • Doctrine was delivered by Apostolic Authority
  • Given directly from Holy Spirit
  • Ordered Local Churches
  • Directions given to local churches were uniform
  • These instructions were absolutely binding
  • Instructions given local churches are apostolic
  • Examples given local churches are apostolic
  • Corrected Churches Straying From Apostolic

2. Apostles Commissioned By God
  • To Be His Divine Revelators
  • Complete Work Begun By Jesus
  • Complete Revelation Of Gods Plan

Apostles Were The Revealers of Divine Will
  • John 1423-26
  • Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves
    Me, he will keep My word and My Father will love
    him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode
    with him. He who does not love Me does not keep
    My words and the word which you hear is not
    Mine, but the Fathers who sent Me. These things
    I have spoken to you, while abiding with you.
    But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father
    will send in My name, He will teach you all
    things, and bring to your remembrance all that I
    said to you.

Apostles Were The Revealers of Divine Will
  • Acts 11-2
  • The first account I composed, Theophilus, about
    all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the
    day when he was taken up, after He had by the
    Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He
    had chosen.

Their Revelation Was Complete
  • John 1612-15
  • I have many more things to say to you, but you
    cannot bear them now. But when He, the Spirit of
    truth, comes, He will guide you into all the
    truth for He will not speak on His own
    initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak
    and He will disclose to you what is to come.

Their Revelation Was Gods Mind
  • 1 Cor. 210-13
  • For to us God revealed them through the Spirit
    for the Spirit searches all things, even the
    depths of God. For who among men knows the
    thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man,
    which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no
    one knows except the Spirit of God. Now we have
    received, not the spirit of the world, but the
    Spirit who is from God, that we might know the
    things freely given to us by God, which things we
    also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom,
    but in those taught by the Spirit, combining
    spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.

Their Revelation Lacked Nothing
  • 2 Peter 11-3
  • Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus
    Christ, to those who have received a faith of the
    same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our
    God and Savior, Jesus Christ Grace and peace be
    multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of
    Jesus our Lord seeing that His divine power has
    granted to us everything pertaining to life an
    godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who
    called us by His own glory and excellence.

Their Revelation Is Scripture
  • 2 Pet. 314-16
  • Therefore, beloved, since you look for these
    things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace,
    spotless and blameless, and regard the patience
    of our Lord to be salvation just as also our
    beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom
    given him, wrote to you, as also in all his
    letters, speaking in them of these things, in
    which are some things hard to understand, which
    the untaught and unstable distort, as they do
    also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own

Their Revelation Is Understandable
  • Eph 31-5
  • For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ
    Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles if indeed
    you have heard of the stewardship of Gods grace
    which was given to me for you that by revelation
    there was made known to me the mystery, as I
    wrote before in brief. And by referring to this,
    when you read you can understand my insight into
    the mystery of Christ, which in other generations
    was not made known to the sons of men, as it has
    now been revealed to His holy apostles and
    prophets in the spirit

Their Revelation Was Final
  • Jude 1-3
  • Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ, and brother
    of James, to those who are the called, beloved in
    God the Father, and kept for Jesus Christ May
    mercy and peace and love be multiplied to you.
    Beloved while I was making every effort to write
    you about our common salvation, I felt the
    necessity to write to you appealing that you
    contend earnestly for the faith which was once
    for all delivered to the saint.

3. Apostles Credentialed For Work Of Revelation
  • Divinely Qualified Mentored By Jesus
  • Witnesses of His resurrection
  • Paul zealously Defended Apostolic Credentials
  • Not for personal pride
  • But because of the authority of the office

Greek Word - Apostle
  • 652 apostolos ap-os-tol-os
  • AV - apostle 78, messenger 2, he that is sent 1
  • 1) A delegate, specifically an ambassador of the
    gospel officially a commissioner of Christ,
    (with miraculous powers)
  • 2) A delegate, messenger, one sent forth with

Apostles Gods Official Representatives
  • 2 Cor. 518-20
  • But all things are of God, who reconciled us to
    himself through Christ, and gave unto us the
    ministry of reconciliation 19to wit, that God
    was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself,
    not reckoning unto them their trespasses, and
    having committed unto us the word of
    reconciliation. 20We are ambassadors therefore on
    behalf of Christ, as though God were entreating
    by us we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be ye
    reconciled to God.

Credentialing Important
  • Ritas I Love Me Wall Credentials Job
  • Mike Chair Of Engineering Dept. Wall
  • Auto Mechanics Wall Of Credentials
  • Doctors Office Medical Credential
  • Back Surgery Best Credentialed

Apostles Were Credentialed
  • Acts 120-25
  • For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let
    his homestead be made desolate, and let no man
    dwell in it and his office let another man
    take. It is therefore necessary that of the men
    who have accompanied us all the time that the
    Lord Jesus went in and out among us beginning
    with the baptism of John, until the day that He
    was taken up from us one of these should become
    a witness with us of His resurrection.

Paul Defended His Credentials
  • 1 Cor. 91-2
  • Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not
    seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the
    Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least
    I am to you for you are the seal of my
    apostleship in the Lord.

Paul Defends His Apostleship
  • 2 Cor. 1211-12
  • I have become foolish you yourselves compelled
    me. Actually I should have been commended by
    you, for in no respect was I inferior to the most
    eminent apostles, even thought I am a nobody.
    The signs of a true apostle were performed among
    you with all perseverance, by signs and wonders
    and miracles.

4. The N.T. Inseparably Linked To Apostles
  • And constant companions of apostles
  • Mark John Mark
  • Mother was a woman named Mary Acts 1212
  • He is called John Acts 135 13
  • A cousin of Barnabas Col 210
  • He left the work on 1st Journey Acts 1225
  • Created problem with Paul Acts 1537-41
  • Luke The gentile evangelist
  • Wrote Acts and Gospel bearing his name
  • Constant companion of Paul

4. The N.T. Inseparably Linked To Apostles
  • And the believing brothers of Jesus
  • James, the Lords brother
  • Initially an unbeliever Matt. 1355 John 75
  • Not Apostle, beheaded by Herod Acts 121-2
  • Believer after resurrection 1 Cor 157
  • At the council at Jerusalem Acts 1513-21
  • Numbered with the apostles Col 210
  • Wrote book of James
  • Reputed to be pillars in church Gal. 19
  • Jude The brother of James the Lords brother
  • Jude (Judas) Brother of James, the Lords brother
  • One of Jesus unbelieving brothers Matt. 1355
  • Author of Jude

N.T. Authority Linked To Apostles
  • Eph. 31-5
  • For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ
    Jesus in behalf of you Gentiles,-- 2if so be that
    ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace
    of God which was given me to you-ward 3how that
    by revelation was made known unto me the mystery,
    as I wrote before in few words, 4whereby, when ye
    read, ye can perceive my understanding in the
    mystery of Christ 5which in other generations
    was not made known unto the sons of men, as it
    hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and
    prophets in the Spirit

N.T. Authority Linked To Apostles
  • 2 Pet. 31-4
  • This is now, beloved, the second epistle that I
    write unto you and in both of them I stir up
    your sincere mind by putting you in remembrance
    2that ye should remember the words which were
    spoken before by the holy prophets, and the
    commandments of the Lord and Saviour through your
  • 3knowing this first, that in the last days
    mockers shall come with mockery, walking after
    their own lusts, 4and saying, Where is the
    promise of his coming? for, from the day that the
    fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they
    were from the beginning of the creation.

N.T. Authority Linked To Apostles
  • Acts 241-42
  • They then that received his word were baptized
    and there were added unto them in that day about
    three thousand souls.
  • 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles
    teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread
    and the prayers.

5. Church Built Upon Foundation Of Apostles
  • Matt 1818 NASV (updated)
  • Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth
    shall have been bound in heaven and whatever you
    loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven.

Church Built Upon Foundation Of Apostles
  • Eph. 219-22
  • So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners,
    but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and
    of the household of God, 20being built upon the
    foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ
    Jesus himself being the chief corner stone 21in
    whom each several building, fitly framed
    together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord
    22in whom ye also are builded together for a
    habitation of God in the Spirit.

Church To Hold Apostolic Tradition
  • 2 Thess 215
  • So then, brethren, stand fast, and hold the
    traditions which ye were taught, whether by word,
    or by epistle of ours.

6. Local Churches Were Ordered By Apostolic
  • 1 Cor. 717
  • Only, as the Lord hath distributed to each man,
    as God hath called each, so let him walk. And so
    ordain I in all the churches.

Ordain/Ordered - Defined
  • 1299 diatasso dee-at-as-so
  • AV - command 7, appoint 4, ordain 3, set in order
    1, give order 1 16
  • 1) To arrange thoroughly, that is, (specifically)
    institute, prescribe appoint, command, give (set
    in) order, ordain.

Local Churches Were Ordered By Apostolic
  • 1 Cor. 416-17
  • I beseech you therefore, be ye imitators of me.
  • 17For this cause have I sent unto you Timothy,
    who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord,
    who shall put you in remembrance of my ways which
    are in Christ, even as I teach everywhere in
    every church.

Apostolic Teaching Was Long Practiced In Local
  • 1 Cor. 1116
  • But if any man seem to be contentious, we have
    no such custom, neither the churches of God.

Apostolic Teaching Orders N.T. Churches
  • 1 Tim. 314-15
  • These things write I unto thee, hoping to come
    unto thee shortly 15but if I tarry long, that
    thou mayest know how men ought to behave
    themselves in the house of God, which is the
    church of the living God, the pillar and ground
    of the truth.

Apostolic Instruction Ordered N.T. Churches
  • Titus 11-5
  • Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus
    Christ, according to the faith of Gods elect,
    and the knowledge of the truth which is according
    to godliness, 2in hope of eternal life, which
    God, who cannot lie, promised before times
    eternal 3but in his own seasons manifested his
    word in the message, wherewith I was intrusted
    according to the commandment of God our Saviour
    4to Titus, my true child after a common faith
    Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ
    Jesus our Saviour.
  • 5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou
    shouldest set in order the things that were
    wanting, and appoint elders in every city, as I
    gave thee charge

How Do I Know What N.T. Worship Was Like?
  • I read N.T. Only place Apostolic Order
  • Mark down what they did
  • Imitate the Apostolic Order
  • The how not given are up to us unimportant
  • But wed better not violate Apostolic Order
  • Or we pervert N.T. worship or the order

How Important Is Apostolic Order And Instruction?
  • Revelation 25
  • Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and
    repent and do the first works or else I come to
    thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its
    place, except thou repent.
  • Eternally Important

Apostolic Authority Summary
  1. Apostolic Authority Of The Lords Church
  2. Commissioned By Jesus To Reveal Gods Plan
  3. Credentialed For Work Of Revelation
  4. N.T. Revelation Inseparably Linked To Apostles
  5. Church Built Upon Foundation Of Apostolic
  6. Local Churches Were Ordered By Apostolic
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