Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wed., 6/27/12 Devotion (Matt. 7:29)

Today's encouragement comes from Matthew 7:29, where we read these words:

" . . . for He [Jesus] taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes."

All truly-called church ministers of the gospel ought to preach and teach "with all authority," as per this verse above, and Titus 2:15. Christ and His pastors (and elders) are the only ones on the earth vested with the authority to teach the world the truth about all things--particularly those things that relate to the gospel of grace.

The scribes were weak, vacillating, and tentative. Jesus was strong, certain, and sure. Encourage your pastors to preach to you with un-bridled authority and love. It is to the advantage of all people that the gospel goes forth clearly and boldly.

[Puritan quote of the day: "But yet the greater instruments the Lord raises up for His glory, the greater service He calls them unto, the greater things may we hope He intends for His church." --Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit"]