x135.....Not Exercising authority over one another--a NT Change from OT

25 And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. 26 But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. 27 For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. 28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. 29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; (Luke 22: 25-29)

The words that Jesus spoke here say that this is "a giving over of the covenant". This is the only time that Jesus Himself spoke these words! The other times this word is used (Greek: "diatithemi")--are in the book of Hebrews where it tells us about the New Covenant.


In these verse in Hebrews it is made clear that there is a specific change from OT to NC--

11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 ¶ And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. 17 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. (Hebrews 9: 11-17)

In these verses it is said that in the NT we no longer need the blood of animals to purify sin, as in the OT. WE certainly do not sacrifice animals on our altars in our churches today--right?--why? because we understand that this is a change from OT to NC.

But in Luke 22, Jesus says that this change in exercising authority over one another is meant to be a part of the New Covenant. It is meant to be a change from the Old Covenant to the new.

When we read the Bible, no one uses examples of how God spoke to Israel to sacrifice animals and spill the blood of animals in order to forgive sin--because we fully understand that these are Old Covenant practices which the New Covenant specifically does away with. We know this because the words are used specifically--that there is a change from the Old to New--and the Greek word which tell us this is "diatithemei"--

diatithemai {dee-at-ith'-em-ahee} v

----make 3, testator 2, appoint 2; 7

1) to arrange, dispose of, one's own affairs 1a) of something that belongs to one 1b) to dispose of by will, make a testament

2) to make a covenant, enter into a covenant, with one

When we read this word in the book of Hebrews we have no trouble understanding that this word signifies a change from Old to New--and we are obedient to this change--we do not sacrifice animalsin our churches--we fully understand that it is the blood of Jesus which cleanses all our sin--and we never teach (as examples) from the OT of the sacrifice of animals and hold that as an example for us to follow as Christians.

So, why is it that we suffer through many many teachings about "authority over" one another--about "rebellion to authority" from the Old Testament--supposedly as examples for us to follow as New Covenant people? In saying this word of "surrendering over the kingdom" in Luke 22:29--Jesus is saying that it is NC law--that it is NC change--that the way to operate the NC church is NOT by exercising authority over one another--but rather by serving one another.

Christ is the Head of the church---there is no place for any other ruler! Christ is the Head of every man---we are suppposed to be a body of equals--to be brothers and sisters in Christ. He is supposed to be the Head of a body--and every part of the body is meant to function in Him---with direction from Him---and love toward one another.

Equals on a common level. All sinners saved by grace---noe receiving a "greater grace"--a greater authority.

So why is it that in our churches we still hear it taught that we must "submit to authority"---that we must obey leadership--and respect their authority over us?--Why are we taught that God appoints some people who are "over us"--meaning "having authority" over us--and that we must submit to authority within the church?

Answer: wrong tradition, that cripples God inside the majority of us.