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Why the need to give Jesus authority?

Submitted: 2/21/2008
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Question: In Matthew 28:18 Jesus says, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.' In the above verse, why is there the need to give the authority to Jesus? If He is the Father, then He already has the authority and does not need it to be given to Him?

Answer: Jesus is the Father in human flesh. Therefore, the Father (the Spirit) needed to endow the flesh with His authority. If Jesus were the second person in the trinity, then there is no explanation for why the Son would need to be given authority by the Father, since the doctrine of the trinity states that they are co-equal. But because we teach that the Son was the humanity, it was necessary that the Deity place His authority in that humanity.