OUR SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY (1)

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore…” (Matthew 28:18-19).
Jesus, after His death went to hell and defeated the devil and his hosts, he rip them of their power. And took away authority from him. Colossians 1:15 says He ‘spoiled’ principalities and powers and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Hebrews 2:14-15 also tells us that He (Jesus), through death destroyed the devil- the one who had the power of death.
Our opening verse (Mt. 28:18-19) makes us see that when Jesus was raised from death, He was raised triumphantly, possessing all powers in heaven and in earth having seize authority from the devil. And with the selfsame Power, He sent us out to wrought wonders in His Name. That power was given to you as part of your inheritance in Christ Jesus. You have entered into this position of authority because you are in Him.
Jesus succeeded in securing all power by going to the cross, dying a horrible death, suffering the penalty for sin and defeating Satan in the pit of hell. He came to earth as a man for one reason: to recapture the authority Satan had stolen through Adam’s disobedience in the Garden. Jesus was called the last Adam ( I Corinthians 15:45). There in the garden of Eden, through Adam’s disobedience, devil had authority over man and thus hitherto plagued man with death (Rom. 5:14-17). 2 Cor. 4:4 even calls him ‘the god of this world’, He had became that when he seized authority from man through Adam. Jesus After securing that power and authority from the devil, He freely gave it over into the hands of those who would believe on Him—you and me.
“Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:” Ephesians 1:16-21.
Here, Paul prayed a prayer for the body of believers in Ephesus. One part of that prayer was that they know “the exceeding greatness of his power to those who believe” (vs 19). That exceeding great power is the same power that God used to raise Jesus from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in the heavenlies (vs 20). Verse 21 goes ahead to tells us that Jesus is seated “far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named.” The work God did in Jesus was supreme. He raised Jesus from the dead and set Him far above all other authority—not only in this world, but also in the heavenly world. Then verses 22-23 say that God has put all things under His feet and made Him head over the Church which is His body. Where are the feet? They are in the body. As believers, we are part of His body and we are seated with Him in that highly exalted place of authority. Praise God!
Look at Ephesians 2: “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. Even when we were dead in sins, [God] hath quickened us together with Christ, and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (verses 1, 5-6). We are seated together with Him. Where? Far above all principality and power and might and dominion. As a believer, you have accepted the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary. Therefore, you are part of His body and are seated with Him in that heavenly place, equipped with the same power, the same authority that He has.
The great power that God worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead is the same creative power of God that worked in you to make you alive when you were dead in your trespasses and sins. The moment you made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, that same power was exercised on your dead, unregenerate spirit, causing it to be reborn in the likeness of God Himself. Any man who is in Christ Jesus is a new creation: old things have passed away, all things are new, and all things are of God ( II Corinthians 5:17-18).
It’s time for you as a believer to begin to act that way. You have obtained an inheritance, and in that inheritance you have been given all authority. The God of the universe lives inside you! He lives and walks in you. Become God-inside-minded and you will begin to walk in this point of authority. Keep right on building yourself up in your inheritance. You live in a world that is full of evil influences. Satan would like you to forget the reality of being born again and never realize your place of authority being seated in heavenly place in Christ Jesus, because if you do, that power you walk in makes you absolutely dangerous to him. He has no defense against you when you walk in the power of God’s Word. Be strong, standing in a point of authority and operating in your inheritance in Him. As you do this, the power of God will always be available to work in your behalf. Praise God!
In the next issue, we will continue this study considering the how to function in our authority.
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Shalom!

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