Man must recognize and function by some source of authority. But our question comes from the Bible and causes one to think, just from where does his authority come? Actually, there are only two choices, one is from man himself, the other is the Almighty God.
It may seem laughable these days but parents are supposed to exert authority over their children. This has become almost a thing of the past and is likely to continue to depreciate into a lawless society...it is swiftly approaching that now. Had the Bible continued to have been studied and its precepts followed, our youth and society would be on a much higher level than it is at present. One of the factors which should convince people of the authenticity of the Holy Bible is its valuable and workable proclamations. Let us look at a few of its warnings and proclamations.
"Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:1-4 KJV)
And even an admonition from the ancients, in the Proverbs of King Solomon who is reportedly the wisest man ever to have lived would make the world a better place:
"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6 KJV).
When Jesus was stirring the waters with his preaching and working of miracles the chief priests and elders of the people came to him and questioned him. Please read this exchange:
"And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? And Jesus answered and said unto them, I also will ask you one thing, which if ye tell me, I in like wise will tell you by what authority I do these things. The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him? But if we shall say, Of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet. And they answered Jesus, and said, We cannot tell. And he said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things." (Matthew 21:23-27 KJV)
It would be beneficial for the student to read the entire chapter 21 at this point so the details and circumstances of the above encounter would be clearer.
Jesus knew these men would never accept that he was doing these things by authority from heaven, simply as they would not accept John's teaching.
The question arises for us. By whose authority are we living our lives, conducting our worship of God, or anything else? Whatever we do, in our everyday life, or our religious activities, let us be assured that we are following the directives of Jesus, because he is the Man. After he was crucified and had arisen he met with his eleven apostles (Judas Iscariot was dead), and made these remarks. Consider them:
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." (Matthew 28:18-20 KJV)
We may choose to operate under the authority of some man, but the only safe route is to abandon all man made doctrines and follow only the authority of Jesus Christ and his word through the inspired apostles as well. If we follow some man's instruction, we must first determine if they are compatible with the teaching of this man who gave his life for us and received the authority to guide us. No other.