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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?’…”. Matthew 21:23-27.

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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?’…”

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Matthew 21:23-27

“… 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?’…”

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Matthew 21:23-27

“… 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...’”

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Matthew 21:23-27

“… 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)

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Matthew 21:23-27

  • It is important to determine the source of authority.
  • Jesus followed established authority.
  • In matters of religion there are on two sources of authority—human or divine.
    • Only Divine authority is true authority.
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I. How Do We Determine Divine Authority?

A. Is Divine Authority Determined By Our Ancestors? (Galatians 1:11–17)

B. Is Divine Authority Determined By Our Conscience? (Ephesians 4:5; I Corinthians 4:17; 1:10; Acts 23:1; I Timothy 1:12–15)

Authority in ReligionMatthew 21:23-27
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I. How Do We Determine Divine Authority?

A. Is Divine Authority Determined By Our Ancestors? (Galatians 1:11–17)

B. Is Divine Authority Determined By Our Conscience? (Ephesians 4:5; I Corinthians 4:17; 1:10; Acts 23:1; I Timothy 1:12–15)

Authority in ReligionMatthew 21:23-27
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I. How Do We Determine Divine Authority?

C. Is Divine Authority Determined By The Will of The Majority? (Exodus 23:2; Matthew 7:13, 14)

Authority in ReligionMatthew 21:23-27
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“It is the strongest who prevails.”

Perhaps true in war but not in religion!

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I. How Do We Determine Divine Authority?

C. Is Divine Authority Determined By The Will of The Majority? (Exodus 23:2; Matthew 7:13, 14)

D. Is Divine Authority Determined By Religious Organizations? (Psalms 127:1; I Timothy 3:15)

Authority in ReligionMatthew 21:23-27