His Authority Should be Our Authority

by Joanna Pierce on September 21, 2017

Last week, we continued our series on the Imitation of Christ. We learned how Jesus’ role—loving like no other, having a humble spirit, and being a transformed vessel—should be our role. This week, we turn our focus to the authority of Christ and how His authority should be our authority.

Jesus’ Authority and Power

We see many examples in Scripture where Jesus demonstrates the nature of His power. In one specific example in Luke 4, we see Jesus exhibiting His power through His very words (Luke 4:32); He was commanding unclean spirits to depart from a man with His authority (Luke 4:36). God wants to invest this same authority and power in those who are obedient to Him.

God’s Power in Us

There are many powerful people and institutions in this world; however, all power and authority belongs to God (Psalms 62:11; Matthew 28:18; Romans 13:1). God is in charge, no matter the circumstance. It’s important to note power in the wrong hands is dangerous. But, power in the right hands, yielded righteously, is a tool God wants to use in His people to accomplish His will (His glory) on this earth.

God desires for His people to live and walk in His authority. This means our lifestyle (thought-life, values, and mind) becomes like Christ’s, and our daily walk (actions, decision, and behaviors) utilize the authority of Jesus Christ, especially in the spiritual realm.

The Plan to Walk in Authority

God intended for His children to live in His authority long before Jesus Christ walked upon the earth. God is the Almighty God (Genesis 17:1) and promised Abraham He was going to invest Himself in all nations of the world (Galatians 3:8–9). God would make a covenant with His people and write His laws in their mind and hearts (Hebrews 8:10). Additionally, Joel prophesied God would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh—no one would be excluded (Joel 2:28–29). God will invest in us if we can be His people.

How to Receive Power

Satan (Lucifer) tried to usurp God’s authority, but fell from Heaven. Even afterward, he continued to challenge Jesus’ authority on earth, especially when He was in the wilderness. What’s strange is that God has always wanted to share His power and authority, but the devil didn’t like the way God did it. God administers His power only through submission.

Scripture admonishes the church to submit ourselves to God. Only after we do this can we walk in authority over the devil (James 4:7–10). God gives us the ability to walk in power, but it’s His power, not our own (Zechariah 4:6). God will give us a new heart and a new spirit when we submit to Him. It is only when we’re truly submitted to Christ when we can fully imitate Him (Ezekiel 36:26–27).

Under Authority

To have authority, we must be under authority. We see an example of a man in Scripture who understood the power of authority and submission (Matthew 8:9–10). There is a covering (protection) when we’re under authority. If we resist and rebel against God, we will not see His authority invested in our lives.

The 7 sons of Sceva were a perfect example of this—they tried to act in God’s authority by attempting to cast out devils, but they were beat up and robbed of their clothing (Acts 19:14–16). When we fail to have spiritual authority in our lives, resist God, or don’t have the proper relationship with Him, we won’t have the authority we need. When we’re obedient to Him, we get His protection, power, and authority.

Our Authority Today

Jesus gave the disciples power against unclean spirits and power to heal all manner of sickness and disease (Matthew 10:1). This wasn’t something the disciples earned; Jesus freely gave it to them. Jesus has given all of us power over every enemy and unclean spirits (Luke 10:17–20). There are signs of power that follow those that believe in Him (Mark 16:17–18, 20). These signs are our badge of authority in God; however, our greatest power is the name of Jesus.

We’re told in Scripture all things must be done in the name of Jesus because His name carries power (Colossians 3:17). Miracles demonstrated in Scripture after Jesus’ ascension into Heaven were all completed in His name (Acts 3:6, 4:7–9, 12). The natural realm is not where we have authority—it is in the spiritual realm. When people come to us with natural issues, we need to have the insight, sensitivity, and resources to respond with spiritual means. We need God’s power to truly help them where they’re at.

Conclusion

God’s authority is going to release His potential in us. When we get ahold of His power and authority in our lives, we’ll be able to exercise that power to do exceeding and abundantly above all we could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Greater is the God in us than anything else in this world (I John 4:4).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on September 20, 2017 with Pastor Nave