'No man ever spoke like this Man!' That was the assessment of the officers of the guard sent to arrest the Lord Jesus on the great day of the feast of tabernacles.(1) Their exposure to His teaching may have been brief, but they quickly shared the astonishment of the crowds at Him who 'taught them as one having authority'.(2) His authority derived from the conviction and wisdom with which He spoke, the signs which accompanied His teaching and the unfailing precision with which He carried out everything He taught. Yet, above all these things, the unparalleled authority which characterised the Lord Jesus had a more fundamental origin, for the one who enraptured the crowds and enthralled the guardsmen of His enemies was none other than the eternal Son of God.
The authority of God
The Scriptures consistently assert the authority of God. Its foundation is in who He is; its claim through His combined works of creation and redemption.(3) Today, the Lord Jesus bears this authority as 'the heir of all things' through whom God has effected His great creative and redemptive works.(4) His investiture with this supremacy occurred in the eternal ages before He was revealed in flesh, for by the time of His ministry 'the Father had given all things into His hands.'(5) So He could declare that 'all things have been delivered to Me by My Father'(6) and 'all authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth'.(7) This was an authority He displayed over creation in His life, over death and Hades in His resurrection and which is now seen in the one who is 'far above all principality and power and might and dominion' with 'all things under His feet'.(8) The sceptre which He wields demands the obedience of those He now calls to Himself.In both the Old and New Testaments, the word translated 'to obey' is closely associated with attentive hearing. In the New Testament, the word literally means 'to hear under'. Listening is involved, and submission to the one whose voice is heard. The Lord Himself, as the obedient Man, daily engaged in attentive and submissive listening to the voice of God,(9) for the law of God was in His heart.(10) What He displayed so majestically in His own life, He seeks in those He calls,(11) that they too might have open ears, listening attentively to His word and practising its daily observance.
What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you - guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
2 Timothy 1:13-14