Jesus’ work leading up to His crucifixion consisted mainly of four things: 

  • His preaching, 
  • His obedience, 
  • His teaching, and 
  • His miracles.

In our passage, we see an example of His teaching – which is the kind of teaching that advances the kingdom: teaching with authority. We focus on two things: 

  • That Jesus taught with authority, and 
  • That His teaching was authenticated through miracles.

We are challenged to seek the same authority as we testify of Christ to others. Unbelievers are cautioned not to continue to reject the message of the Gospel that comes in the power of the Spirit, as this is not a safe way to behave.


Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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