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 me."
Luke 10:16

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.
However, 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."
1Timothy 3:14-15
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 infallible.

"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."
Ephesians 3:7-12
It is through the Church that the Wisdom of GOD is manifested.

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."
Matthew 18:15-18
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,
be it 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, 2003

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