I had a bit of an epiphany (forgive me) a few weeks ago. It really should have been obvious:
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” (Matt. 28:18)
Jesus claims all authority for himself, and I believe him. So that settles the authority question, right?
If only it were so easy. Next question: “How do I receive the authority of Christ? Is it mediated to me in some way? And if so, how?”
Baby steps, baby steps… One thing I am sure of: our authority is Christ.