About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Between Conflicting Authorities
prior to His return to Heaven Jesus told His apostolic representatives
that all authority, both in Heaven and on earth, had been given to Him.
Based on this historical fact Jesus commissioned His apostles to go
to every ethnic people group and make disciples for Him (Matthew 28:18).
I wonder if the Apostle Peter in a burst of enthusiastic self
confidence might have jumped to his feet and yelled out; "Right on
go for it.
Let's evangelize the entire world.
I'm with you all the way on this one Jesus."
an earlier occasion prior to His ascension Jesus told the apostles to stay
days after receiving the Holy Spirit powered ability to fulfill Jesus'
commission the apostles encountered conflict.
The universal authority to which they submitted was being
challenged by the local civil authority.
After healing a lame man Peter and John were arrested and ordered
not to exercise their newfound power and authority, thus forcing them to
choose between two conflicting authorities.
didn't hesitate in making his decision.
"Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to
obey you rather than God.
For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard (Acts
4:19 - 20)."
Understanding the consequences of his decision, Peter's newfound
power enabled him to make the right choice. From
then on the apostles found themselves in a struggle with hostile civil
similar cultural hostility is emerging throughout the world today.
For those of us who are dedicated to fulfilling the Great
Commission we are beginning to be caught between two conflicting
Let this be our resolve. We will obey the civil authority as
Romans 13:1 mandates, but, when we're caught between the two conflicting
authorities, we will follow Peter's example and choose God rather than