How Christ Governs His Church
The gospel is worth all our time and effort - whatever it takes to make sure that the gospel is preached faithfully we must do it.
But if our eternal lives depend on getting the gospel right, that in turn depends on having the church governed aright.
Christ himself governs the church, through his word and Spirit. But what happens if people have different interpretations of that word - as in this chapter where the Pharisees want to restore the ceremonial law? This passage shows us that Christ has set in place within his church a legitimate authority structure to expound and apply the word faithfully and make sure that the gospel is preached purely and in its entirety.