Does Silence Authorize?

In arguing that Jesus could not be a priest on earth, writing to the Hebrew Christians, the author argues that the silence of the Scriptures restrict rather than giving license to act. He wrote, "For it is evident that out Lord sprang out of Judah: of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood" (Hebrews 7:14). God has spoken or caused to be written His complete will for humanity.  If something isn't found in the will of Christ, since it is the "prefect law of liberty," (James 1:25), that means it isn't a part of His will for man.  Jesus promised to guide the writers of His last will and testament into "all truth" (John 16:12-13). He either did what He promised or He failed. I happen to believe that He kept His promise and that agrees with what Peter wrote when he said, "as His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us by His glory and virtue" (2Peter 1:3). Perfection, completeness, or spiritual maturity may be achieved by believing and following what has been revealed in the Bible (2Timothy 3:16-17). What has been revealed is so adequate that should any man or even an angel teach otherwise than what was "taught" and what had been  "received" from these inspired men in the first century, Paul said "let him be accursed" (Galatians 1:6-11). The words of our Lord Himself state: "He who rejects Me, and receives not My words, has that which judges him-the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day" (John 12:48). These very words of Jesus were what the Holy Spirit brought to the apostle's remembrance as promised (John 14:26; 15:26). These words became our New Testament.

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Authorization

Probably the best place to begin a study of biblical authorization is Matthew 16:19 and 18:18. In these verses Jesus told His apostles, "...Whatever you forbid on earth must be already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth must be already permitted in heaven" (C.B. Williams). The reason this is a very good place to begin may be seen in the fact that it forbids permitting on earth whatever is not "already permitted in heaven." There can be no authorization on earth of a thing not "already permitted in heaven." The apostles were restricted. They were allowed to command and do only what heaven permits. We can determine whether or not a thing is authorized by what the apostles commanded and did. The way we obtain knowledge of what heaven permits is through the revelation of God to man by the Bible.

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Extremes On Authority

It is an easy matter for us to run to extremes on any subject. While the subject of authority is basic to all religious faith and practices, there are some extremes which must be avoided. 

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Meditate On These Things

The mind is a beautiful blessing given to man whereby he can ponder and think and challenge his world with better things.  From the mind come imagination and thought.  The mind represents the hope and the aspiration of all man's needs and wants.  From the complex mass of the brain, millions upon millions of thoughts explode upon the eyes of the soul.  "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well."  (Psalm 139:14)

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When Saints Aren’t Committed

My wife and I were elated to buy our first house last year, something we were not sure we could do in the Silicon Valley. The most fun was planning all the projects we would start on once we moved in -- we wanted to add a fence to the front yard, refinish the hardwood floors, repaint the exterior grey trim a more vibrant color, and about twenty other things.  So far, we have replaced two broken windows and changed a couple of light switches.  Well, we had good intentions and a strong eagerness.  The whole experience has driven home a lesson I already knew: success requires more than good intentions.  The core ingredient must be conviction. 

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