Authority, Discipleship and the Great Commission
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel

In Matthew's version of the “Great Commission,” there is a profound connection between authority and discipleship. Notice the word authority in verse 18 and disciples in verse 19. Yeshua has authority, therefore we make disciples. Discipleship is a response to Yeshua’s authority.

All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-19).

The gospel message is an offer of forgiveness and an invitation to eternal life. Yet it is also a declaration of authority: There is no salvation without lordship. The most basic profession of salvation is a profession of lordship. (“Whoever confesses with his mouth that Yeshua is Lord…will be saved” Romans 10:9.) The confession that Yeshua is Lord is essentially a commitment to submit to His authority.

A salvation prayer should include the phrase, “I submit to Yeshua’s authority and commit myself to obey Him.” [Yesterday our evangelist friend, Rachel, brought an Israeli man (40) to our daily prayer meeting for the first time. He heard me teach on this subject, and asked to receive salvation, thank God.]

Yeshua has all authority. The gospel declares this authority. Whoever submits to Him is saved and becomes one of His disciples. To be a disciple is to learn how to walk in submission to His authority.

Yeshua has two kinds of authority. The first is direct, spiritual authority. We have to obey Him directly, as led by the Holy Spirit in our conscience (Romans 2:15, 8:16, 9:1). His word and His holiness are above any man’s opinions. Scriptures define for us His absolute standards of right and wrong.

The second kind of authority is delegated, through other human beings. Direct authority takes precedence over delegated authority, yet we have to respect this second kind of authority as well. The problem is that Yeshua is perfect, while human beings in positions of delegated authority are imperfect and sinful. How can we submit to authority of human beings who are often wrong, or even evil? The process of learning correct attitudes toward authority is a central part of discipleship.

Most human beings have had bad experiences with authority. Many have been hurt and abused by those in authority. Others get offended at any expression of authority. Often people rebel when they should submit, and act selfishly when they themselves have authority. We need much wisdom from God to sort through all this mess!

Authority must be limited to a sphere or realm with clearly defined boundaries (Luke 23:7, II Corinthians 10:13). A father has authority in his own family, not in someone else’s. A prime minister has authority in his nation, not in another. A kingdom is the realm of authority of a king. It is the “dominion” of a king. It is his king-dominion. All delegated human authority is limited. Only Yeshua’s dominion is unlimited. He has “all” authority in both heaven and earth.

May God heal our hearts from every abuse and bring us to repentance for every rebellion! A balanced and wholesome attitude toward authority is the mark of a true disciple.

Authority, Discipleship and the Great Commission
by Asher Intrater, , Revive Israel

By Asher Intrater

There are two mentions of relationships between parents and children in the Ten Commandments. Both involve spiritual transfer from the parents to the children; one is bad and one is good.

… visiting the sins of the parents upon the children” Exodus 20:5).

Honor your father and your mother that your days might be long” (Exodus 20:12).

The negative spiritual transfer from parents to children is called a “curse.” The positive spiritual transfer is a “blessing”. If we find ourselves in a curse situation, we need to repent of our sins, forgive our parents, and break the negative transfer.

A key to successful transition from childhood to adulthood is to perceive which influences from our parents were positive and which were negative. We then reject the negative, thus breaking the curse. But how can we receive the blessing?

In one word: honor. To honor is to receive blessing. We could summarize: respect authority - receive blessing. As respect flows upward blessings flow downward. The “flow” is both up and down, and can be either good or bad.

The apostle Paul (Saul) expanded on this principle in the book of Ephesians. The blessings are not just “long life,” but every other blessing as well. And the authority is not just parental but in every other sphere as well.

Honor your father and your mother” is the first commandment with a promise (Ephesians 6:2).

Paul explains that the flow of authority is divided into four primary spheres of life: family (Ephesians 5:21-6:4), employment (6:5-6:9), government (Romans 13:1-7), and congregation (I Timothy 3:1-13; 5:17; Hebrews 13:17).

May God grant us the grace and wisdom to discern when we should remove ourselves from abusive authority so as not to be hurt; when we should reject negative influences so as to break curses; and when we should respect authority so as to receive blessing!

All blessings from honoring authority on earth are imperfect and partial. However we can also receive blessings directly from heaven by honoring God through praise and worship.

Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving, and honor and power and might be to our God forever” (Revelation 7:12)!

As we give Him honor upward, He pours out blessings downward upon us, gloriously, powerfully, and eternally.

Authority, Discipleship and the Great Commission
by Oriel M and Avichai O, , Revive Ministries

Revive Israel sponsored a day of prayer and fasting on February 21, the traditional date of Queen Esther’s fast. This year, the fast was blessed beyond words!

We gathered together for 12 hours of intense-undistracted worship, intercession and fasting to stand in the gap on behalf of Israel, the Church, the nations and our Arab neighbors.

We received prophetic insight and revelation about the book of Esther and how God rewards the humble and resists the prideful. Our time ended with worship, focusing on unity in the body of Messiah and with a sweet anointing sharing the Lord’s Supper together as one. About 130 local believers from 9 congregations participated in our prayer room.

There were 1048 connections from 8 different nations who joined us on live stream, some as individuals and some as prayer groups and congregations. The responses were exuberant. Despite the fact that most did not understand the Hebrew flow of prayer, praise and prophecy, many expressed how meaningful it was for them to be part of something authentic with local Israeli believers.

With world events unraveling in a scenario not far from those in the book of Esther, we believe the Lord led us together on this day “for such a time as this,” and that our prayers will “shake the heavens”!

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