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Teaching with Authority

Teaching with Authority

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29).

The Doctrine of Christ

Jesus made no apologies for what He said, nor did He say, “Well I think…” Jesus simply spoke, “It is so!” “Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you. The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel” (John 5:19-20). The doctrine of Christ came straight from heaven: “And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned? Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me” (John 7:15-16). Jesus waited upon heaven every morning for His message.

The prophet Isaiah said this concerning the Christ. “The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back” (Isaiah 50:4-5).

“For he taught them as one having authority…” The people were astonished at the authority with which Jesus spoke. This is one of the honors that God will give to His faithful ministers in these last days. They will speak with authority. They will say, “This is the way, walk ye in it!” They will teach God’s people the difference between the holy and the profane, between the clean and the unclean! (Ezekiel 44:23).

The Honor that cometh from God Only

During the times of apostasy, the true ministers seem to be pushed to the rear. The ones who have the stage are the ministers who condone the people’s idolatries. But before this age ends there will be great revival, and God will give authority to His true and faithful ministers. These ministers will bring God’s people to their day of decision. They will speak with authority and cause the people to understand!

In the Old Testament, there were two lines of priests that went back to Aaron. One line was full of compromise, and their motive was to have the favor of the people. They allowed the people to keep their idolatries. The other line was the faithful sons of Zadok. The Lord speaks concerning His faithful ministers that kept the charge:

  • But the priests the Levites, the sons of Zadok, that kept the charge of my sanctuary when the children of Israel went astray from me, they shall come near to me to minister unto me, and they shall stand before me…(Ezekiel 44:15).
  • And they shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean (Ezekiel 44:23).
  • And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to my judgments…(Ezekiel 44:24)

In the end, the Lord gives beautiful promises to the faithful sons of Zadok. They have a promise of approaching unto the Lord, and they will have the privilege of teaching God’s people the difference between the acceptable and the unacceptable. And in all matters of controversy, they shall have the say! In other words, in all controversial issues they will have the authority to say, “It is so!”

Where Does the Authority Come From?

Authority comes from being clear in your doctrine. God gives clarity to those who do His will: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). In other words, God gives good doctrine to those who apply it!

Authority also comes from having the message worked out in our lives. This is what Ezekiel calls “eating the book!” (Ezekiel 3:1-3). Or, to put it into New Testament terms, “And the Word was made flesh.” (John 1:14). I heard a minister recently preaching from the book of Job. What an anointing was upon his message! The reason for this was because this minister had eaten some of this book; it was not theory. It had become reality.

God puts His sanction and His anointing upon those who have allowed the sword (of the Spirit) to plunge through their own lives. They have been wounded and been made whole. They have allowed the Spirit to write an indelible message upon their hearts.This is what the New Covenant is all about—the law written upon the fleshly tables of our heart. Herein is a heart that is sensitive to His law, to His voice, and to His ways. “Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law…” (Isaiah 51:7).

The Promise was Given to those who Submitted to the Captivity

The promise of the New Covenant was not given to Israel during the glory days of Solomon. Rather, it was given as the remnant of Israel was being marched off to Babylon. The hope that Israel was given as they were leaving was that they might return with a new heart and a new spirit (Jeremiah 24:1-7).

It was during the humiliation, anguish, and desperation of the captivity that this was to become a reality in some. It is the unfortunate fact of humanity that man learns more through suffering than he does through words and exhortations. As we walk in the Spirit, God will lead us into circumstances that reveal and deal with our heart. It is in these places that we cry out to know His ways!

So was the example of Ezra the priest. Here was a man subjected to the torments of the captivity. Yet through it, his cry was to understand the law, to do it, and to teach it to his confused generation. “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (Ezra 7:10).

Thus it was. Ezra emerged from Babylon with a new heart and a new spirit. Not only did Ezra bring revival to his generation (Nehemiah 8-9), but he also taught God’s people the difference between the holy and the profane. He taught them the difference between the clean and the unclean. He taught them what is acceptable to God and what is not. In fact, Ezra was given great authority to teach the ungodly as well. “And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not” (Ezra 7:25).

We live in a generation that needs clarity, a generation that is confused on the issues. We live in a generation of Christendom that has lost its distinction from the world! Ezra serves as an example and a type of those that our Lord was seeking to reproduce. “But whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven”(Matthew 5:19).

About the Author

Rev. Daniel G. Caram and his wife, Jane, have pastored in Erie PA, for over 25 years. Together they have two children and two grandchildren. He has authored several books and articles, which have been published in many nations and languages. Rev. Daniel Caram has taught at Zion Ministerial Institute for 22 years, as well as participating in leadership seminars throughout the world. He received a Bachelor of Theology (Th. B.) from Vision Christian Bible College.

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