Published by LT on 05 Feb 2010 at 10:42 pm
One of the common teachings in Covering Theology is that Christ has delegated his authority to church leaders. They might use the term apostles or 5-fold ministers or whatever. Some proponents of Covering Theology have appealed to Matthew 28 for this.
Mat 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Mat 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
Mat 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Notice that Jesus doesn’t actually say he has delegated authority to anyone. Later on in the book of revelation Jesus does speak of giving his authority to “the one who conquers and who continues in my deeds until the end.”
Rev 2:24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not hold to this teaching (who have not learned the so-called “deep secrets of Satan”), to you I say: I do not put any additional burden on you.
Rev 2:25 However, hold on to what you have until I come.
Rev 2:26 And to the one who conquers and who continues in my deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations —
Rev 2:27 he will rule them with an iron rod
and like clay jars he will break them to pieces,
Rev 2:28 just as I have received the right to rule from my Father — and I will give him the morning star.
If Jesus doesn’t give authority out until the end how can anyone but Him have it now?