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By what authority did the man shut down McDonalds?

Jesus in the temple

Jesus in the Temple

(Matthew 21:12-17) Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of thieves.'" Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" they were indignant and said to Him, "Do You hear what these are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes. Have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise'?" Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there. (NKJV)

From heaven or from men

From Heaven or from Men?

(Matthew 21:23-27) Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?" But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: "The baptism of John--where was it from? From heaven or from men?" And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' "But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet." So they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." And He said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. (NKJV)

Jesus question was appropriate

Jesus’ Question Was Appropriate

  • It acknowledged the need for authority in religious matters. (A man has no authority to act on his own)

  • It implies that there are only two sources of authority.

  • It implies the need for divine approval of the things that we do.

    • You can have the approval and praise of men and still lack the approval of God.

    • God’s authority is superior to man’s authority.


God Has Authority Over Man

  • Because He Is God

  • God (Exo. 3:14; Rev. 4:8)

  • Creator (Gen. 1:1; Heb. 3:4)

  • Infinite wisdom (Isa. 55:8-9)

  • Has all authority (Mt. 28:18)

  • Word Is Authoritative

  • Inspired (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

  • Violation = Sin (1 Jno. 3:4)

  • Taught w/ auth. (Tit. 2:15)

  • Can’t alter (Rev. 22:18-19)

  • Judged by it (Jno. 12:48)


God Has

A Pattern

Heb. 8:5

We Must Have Bible Authority

  • Do all in name of Christ (Col. 3:17)

  • Abide within the doctrine of Christ (2 John 9)

  • Christ is head of the church (Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23-24)

  • If not, can do anything!


Bible Authority

  • All that we teach and practice

  • Every question & issue

  • Every division


Go See A Certain


Painting Your

Room Red.








  • She Tells You!

  • She Paints it!

  • She buys red

  • & puts in room!

She Tells You!

She Goes To

See The Movie.

She Buys

Tickets For You!

How To Determine Your Mother’s Approval?



Lord’s Supper

Acts 15









  • vv. 13-21

  • v. 12

  • vv. 7-11


1 Cor. 11:23-24

Time of Ob.

Acts 20:7


Acts 20:7

How To Determine What Is



Generic & Specific Authority


Aids Are Authorized,

Additions Are Not

An Addition Involves Another Element Being Added!

Things to consider

Things to Consider

  • In whatever you might be inclined to say or do, it’s important that you ask, “is this from heaven or from men?”

    • What you say to or about your neighbor?

    • How you treat the girl at the check-out counter?

    • What I do as I go about my job?

    • The practices of baptizing babies?

    • The use of instrumental music in worship?

    • Should the local church sponsor recreational activities?

    • Should the local church get involved in secular education?



  • Many never give serious consideration to whether or not the things they do and say are from heaven or from men.

  • Some will lose their souls because they practice things for which there is no divine authority.

  • Don’t be one of these….

    • (Matthew 7:21) "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (NKJV)



Material on Authority by Jim Deason

PowerPoint Slides on Authority from Donnie Rader.

Speaking Truth In Love – Article by Bobby Thompson.


Two Mindsets

God’s Silence Is Not Authority


At liberty to do what

is not



Forbidden to act

Without authority

Heb. 7:14

For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood

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