Although Paul had been delegated the authority, by Christ, to preach the gospel to the Gentiles, his heart was in continual sorrow for the Israelites because they had rejected Christ’s authority. In Romans 9:3, he wrote that he would be cursed and separated from Christ himself, if only that would draw the Israelites to Christ.
Why couldn’t the Israelites submit to God’s authority? He had elected them by His free will (Isaiah 43:20, 21). He had revealed His glory to them by appearing in their midst (Exodus 24:16, 17). He had made covenants with the Israelites through Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David. He had given them The Law (Exodus 20) and the means to serve and worship Him (Exodus 35). He had promised to be their God and to send the Messiah.
By God’s authority, Jesus Himself was born as a human without glory. He lived and suffered as a man, learning obedience through what He suffered, even unto death on the cross. Through this, He became the only source of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. (Hebrews 5:8, 9)
The gospel of Christ calls people to believe and obey. To accredit salvation to Christ requires faith; but to maintain Christ’s authority in his or her life, a person must be subject to Him in obedience. Obedience is related to conduct. It is an attitude of the heart, and it is absolutely required. In fact, it would be better if believers were called “those who obey because they are subjected to the authority of Christ”.
Each believer needs to embrace the authority of Christ. The church body has the same responsibility as a unit. When a church encounters Christ’s authority and surrenders and submits to Him as Lord and Master, the promises of the kingdom are revealed for all to see.
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join them for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. They also meet for prayer on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.