Jehovah God is the Great I AM – Almighty Creator of heaven and earth. He owns all things and has the inherent right to command and demand what so ever He wills. He is sovereign. Man is to submit to His authority.
Throughout history God has uniquely communicated with mankind. He created and communed with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. He spoke openly to men like Cain, Abel and Noah. He made promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He spoke through Moses and Aaron. He used prophets and once even spoke to man through a donkey!
“God, having of old time spoken unto the fathers in the prophets by divers portions and in divers manners, hath at the end of these days spoken unto us in his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds…” (Hebrews 1:1-4).
God no longer speaks to us through prophets and patriarchs, but now speaks to us through His Son, the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth. Even as a 12 year old child, before He began his earthly ministry, Jesus knew what he was to be doing. “I must be in my Father’s house” (Luke 2:49). Throughout His earthly ministry Jesus continued to repeat the message: “My teaching is not mine, but his that sent me” (John 7:16). “…The works which the Father hath given me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me” (John 5:36-37). Again Jesus said, “For I spake not from myself; but the Father that sent me, he hath given me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak” (John 12:49).
(Luke 4:18; 9:48; 10:16 John 4:34; 5:24, 30; 6:38-39, 44, 57; 7:28-29, 33; 8:42; 9:4; 12:44-45; 13:20; 14:24; 15:21; 16:5; 20:21)
Thus when Jesus (the Son) speaks, it is as if God (the Father) Himself is speaking! Jesus therefore speaks with power and authority! Following His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples, “All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth” (Matt. 28:18).
Paul wrote of this perfect and complete authority in Ephesians chapter one: “The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church…” (Eph. 1:17-23 cf. Col. 1:18-21 “in all things He might have preeminence”).
Having ALL AUTHORITY indicates that whatever Jesus says must be heeded and obeyed, for it is ultimately the word of God. Neither you nor I have the right to usurp Christ’s authority. We have no right to alter, by adding to or taking away from, the Lord’s teaching. Let us humble ourselves, bow before our Almighty God, and allow Him to lead us through His Son, Christ Jesus!