Exhort and Rebuke: the Functions of Authority

“Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.” Titus‬ ‭2:15‬ ‭ESV‬

Authority is not a subject we hear much about. In fact, it has become somewhat a foreign concept to even those who’ve been in the church for a good while. I feel the Spirit rebirthing this much needed concept into the Body of Christ again.

The Body can go as far without authority as a corpse without a head!

There are 2 simple concepts that I’d like to give you today regarding authority. Exhortation and rebuke.

Exhortation is the ability to say something affirming from a position where it truly matters.

This is pictured best by the affirmation a father gives to his children. Others can say the same thing, but it doesn’t carry near the weight. This is authority.

Rebuke is another arena of authority. This is primarily why we never hear much about this subject.

Everyone loves receiving affirmation but none of us enjoy getting rebuked!

Going back to our analogy of a father. When a sibling rebukes another sibling it does not carry any weight. I never once received discipline from any of my siblings. True discipline and rebuke comes from someone with authority. This is why God has placed elders and deacons in the Body of Christ to exhort and rebuke.

Takeaway: How has authority played a role in your spiritual development? Have you had a negative experience in the past with authority? Was it really them acting out of character to the Word of God or your unwillingness to receive the authority of Christ in your life? Have you been on the receiving end of godly affirmation from someone in authority? How did it make your feel? Pray today that the authority of Christ would manifest itself in both forms in your personal life and in the body of Christ at large.

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