The Deeper and Most Overlooked
Meanings of Luke 10:16
"He who hears you hears me, and he who
rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent
This is but one of the promises of authority which Jesus
Christ gave to His Apostles.
Holy Scripture can be analogous to some common
object with many sub-layers such as an onion, or a cabbage, or a tightly packed
acorn. The outer layer is sometimes
fairly easy to discern, but when that layer is peeled back, subsequent deeper
layers of more subtle meaning are revealed.
Can you see the deeper meaning of
the first six words of Luke 10:16?
The deeper teaching reads like this,
'He who hears me, so through your mouth will never hear anything but the
absolute truth'. It has the meaning of that, 'through His Church
the Apostles and their descendants will be prevented by GOD Himself
from teaching anything other than the absolute truth'. Down through almost
two-thousand years of recorded history of the Church
which Jesus Christ founded, and with a succession of two
hundred sixty three Bishops of Rome (Popes), not one Pope has ever taught
error from the Chair of Peter on the matter of faith and morals, and all of this
in spite of a handful of 'less than holy' popes (remember, Jesus Himself chose
one 'less than holy' Apostle, by the name of Judas).
This is proof positive
of the deeper meaning of, "He who hears you hears
me...", and that it does indeed work.
there is yet another word which enters the picture here under yet another layer
for that same verse, and that word is infallibility.
The following verses add
certitude to what I have just presented in this document:
"I hope to come to
you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, if I am delayed,
you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the
church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth."
It is the Church which has the truth of the teaching of Christ. The
Church is His Body (Ephesians 5:23) and so it must be truth, as He is truth. The
teaching of His Church is infallible, as He is
"Of this gospel I was made a minister according to
the gift of God's grace which was given me by the working of his power. To me,
though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to
the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is
the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; that
through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the
principalities and powers in the heavenly places. This was according to the
eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have
boldness and confidence of access through our faith in him."
It is through the Church that the Wisdom of GOD is
Who or what is the final authority on earth? It is none other
than the Church which Jesus Christ founded.
"(15) If your
brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. (16) But if he does not
listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed
by the evidence of two or three witnesses. (17) If he refuses to listen to
them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let
him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (18) Truly, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on
earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Clearly, verse 17 has said it is the Church which is the "Supreme
Court" on earth regarding spiritual issues.
Notice also in verse 18 that
again Jesus gave authority on earth to His Apostles, this time for "binding and
Loosening" (of sins).
GOD has always
spoken to His people through a father figure,
Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Peter (John 21:15-17, Acts 15:7), and others.
Since it is a known fact that GOD never changes (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8,
James 1:17), He is the same today as He was in the time of those Biblical
figures. He speaks to His Church through the present day "Peter", the successor to the Biblical Peter, today's Bishop of Rome.
Written by Bob Stanley, May 17,