Explaining the Meaning of Biblical “Authority” to Children

August 6, 2010 at 11:42 am | Posted in Biblical Teaching, Luke | 4 Comments
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Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Matthew 18:18

The people that Jesus was talking to when He said this were called “the Disciples.” The twelve men we commonly refer to as “the” Disciples were followers of Jesus before He was crucified:

1. Simon (who is called Peter)
2. His brother, Andrew
3. James, the son of Zebedee
4. His brother, John
5. Philip
6. Bartholomew
7. Thomas
8. Matthew, the tax collector
9. James, the son of Alphaeus
10. Thaddaeus
11. Simon the Zealot
12. Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus

In Matthew 18:18 “verily” means that Jesus is telling the Disciples to listen closely – He is about to say something that’s very important because it’s true.

Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

Luke 8:22-25

The Lord Jesus has given authority to His followers, but we do not pray to the wind and the rain. Authority is the right and the power to make things obey. God is the One Who created everything. There is nothing that God did not create. Everything that God created obeys Him except for you and me (and Satan and his demons at times). Let’s not be the one thing that God created that turns against Him and doesn’t do what He says.

Because I am a child of God, He has given me authority over some things. But if I use those things just for me, and not the way that God says to use them, these things (including many of my blessings) could be stolen from me. In fact, the devil would like to steal my blessings from me, and he probably could – unless Someone stronger than him stops him. One reason God gave me His Spirit when He saved me is so I could have Him with me all the time and keep the devil from stealing from me.

However – can I boss God around and tell Him what to do? If I say something, does it have to come true, just because I said it in Jesus’s Name? No. But, if I am doing what God tells me to do in the Bible, then I can pray to Him in Jesus’s Name to help me, and the Bible says He will hear my prayer and help me in the way that He knows is best.

In a way, that’s what Jesus was talking about when He said, “Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Romans 8:32

Can you name some things that God has given you? What is the greatest thing He has given you? His Own Son. If He gave His Own Son for us, we can easily believe He will give us other things.

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