All authority comes from God" (Rom 13:1)
God commanded the believer to do certain things.
Along with God's commands, he delegated authority to the believer to accomplish those commands.
With this authority comes responsibility.
And with responsibility comes accountability.
The believer will be held accountable for obeying God's commands on that day when he stands before the Lord Jesus.
It is the possession of every true child of God.
Its reception dates from the soul's contact with Calvary.
Because of the power which they confer on a militant believer, the enemy has specially sought to hold back this knowledge from God's people.
He has been successful through the employment of the "blinding" tactics

            2 Corinthians 4: 3, 4
            3 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
            4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

There is a story told of the late Right Honorable W. E. Gladstone, Prime Minister of Great Britain. On one occasion, he brought in to Queen Victoria, an important measure for her signature, in order that it might become law. The Queen objected to it, and, after some discussion, refused to sign. The Minister of the Crown was unusually urgent: "Your Majesty," he said, respectfully but firmly, "you must sign this Bill." She turned on him haughtily: "Sir, I am the Queen of England." Unmoved, the Statesman answered quietly: "Your Majesty, I am the people of England." After a little thought, she accepted the situation, and affixed her signature to the document.


In traditional Christianity, some of God's commands have been taught to the exclusion of others.
The authority of the believer has not been taught properly.
There are two words in the King James Version that are translated inconsistently.
The Greek words exousia and dunamis both are sometimes translated "power."
It would be more accurate to translate the word exousia as "authority," and the word dunamis as "power."
In the Great Commission, The New American Standard Bible and the New International Version both translate exousia as "authority" whereas the King James Version translates it "power." (An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words 1966 ed., s.v. "Authority" and "Power.")
The difference between the two can be illustrated by a common situation.
The scene is a traffic intersection and a policeman is directing traffic.
The policeman holds up the palm of his hand, signaling a large semi-truck to stop.
The driver stops the truck.
Why? Because the policeman has the power to stop the "big rig"? No! The trucker knows that he has the power in his control to run over the policeman, but the policeman has the authority to arrest him!
Likewise, the believer has been given authority (exousia) in several areas where he would normally be overpowered.

Authority of the individual believer

First, we must establish certain boundaries.
We are products of His grace - therefore we have no authority of ourselves.
All authority comes from God.
The limits of our authority in Him do not extend beyond His will, His plans, and His desires.
God will not allow us to exercise His authority in His name to achieve our own selfish goals and ambitions
This is the reason spiritual pride and spiritual self-promotion renders us powerless and "authority-less."
When our motives are wrong -God knows it and the devil knows it even if we don't know it

Where to use it

What about when some tragedy happens and seemingly innocent born-again believers are hurt or killed?
People ask—
Why did God allow it?
Or did the devil do it?
Or why didn't God stop it from happening?
Where is our spiritual authority when something bad happens?
We must realize certain truths.
God does not create accidents--man does--through man's greed, ignorance, carelessness, selfishness, mechanical failure, miscalculations, and human error-man constantly lives in a dangerous world filled with accidents, pollution, disease, and sickness.
There are natural calamities which are a product of nature operating the way God designed them. (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, etc.)
God didn't design them to hurt man--but occasionally they do but not because God planned it that way or that He wants it to happen!
Man calls them acts of God--but in reality they are acts of nature--not God.
I believe in all these things--God looks for an intercessor (Ezek. 22:30) one to stand in the gap and pray for protection of the innocent and for His own children.

            Ezekiel 22:29-31
            29 “The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.
            30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
            31 Therefore have I poured out mine indignation upon them; I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath: their own way have I recompensed upon their heads, saith the Lord GOD.”

Whether it is a potential accident, natural calamity, or demonic plan to destroy someone, I believe God is right there ready to save, protect, help, and strengthen the innocent and His children.
And God is looking for someone to intercede, to pray, so that He can fully do His desire and plan.
The unfortunate truth is that God does not always find an intercessor
In Ezekiel 22:30 God says "...but I found no one."
God never promised us that we would never go through an accident-or that we would never go through a natural calamity.
He promised that in every situation and circumstance He would be more than enough to get us through it.
And praise God many times gets us out of it.
There is no doubt that within God's realm of protection or "hedge of protection" Satan cannot harm us in any way.
However, we can walk outside of God's established authority and we walk in dangerous territory where Satan can attack.

            I John 5:18--"He who is born of God keepeth himself and the evil one touches him not."

      Job 1:8-12--The hedge around Job

My greatest danger is not from the enemy but from me walking outside of God's lines of authority.
And unfortunately, I am not the only one I can harm--many different people can suffer from the actions of one person walking in the flesh or walking under Satan's influence


God is the Source of All Authority.
Jesus gave the Great Commission to all believers.
Jesus said that the Father had given him all authority:

      Matthew 28:18-20, NIV
      “Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”

Jesus received this absolute authority in three ways:
      1.    by inheritance
      2.    by bestowal
      3.    by conquest

Jesus received authority on the basis of his inheritance

            Hebrews 1:3-4
            3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
            4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they

Jesus received authority by bestowal:

            Philippians 2:9-11
            9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
            10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
            11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

            Ephesians 1:19-23
            19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, {his mighty power: Gr. the might of his power}
            20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at             his own right hand in the heavenly places,
            21 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:
            22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
            23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all”

Notice that Jesus is over both good and bad angels as well as human beings.
And timewise, his authority extends through this age and the next age.

Jesus received authority by conquest

            Colossians 2:15–“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross”(NIV).

In this verse, Paul is comparing Jesus' defeat of Satan and his demons with a Roman triumphal procession.
In this procession, the victorious Roman general would return, leading his officers and men, with captives and sometimes animals peculiar to the area of victory.


I.    Jesus Delegated Authority to the Twelve.
He commanded them to perform certain tasks and with that commandment gave them the authority to do it:

            Luke 9:1-6
            1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
            2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
            3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
            4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.
            5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
            6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

As the disciples obeyed, exercising their newly received authority, God backed their speech and actions with power

II.   Jesus Delegated Authority to The Seventy-Two.
He sent seventy-two other disciples on a mission

            Luke 10:1-12, 16-20
            1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
            2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
            3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
            4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.
            5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.
            6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
            7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.
            8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:
            9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
            10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say,
            11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
            12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.

Jesus stated that the authority delegated to the seventy was not withdrawn after their first mission - the commission and delegated authority remained.

III.  Jesus Transferred Authority to All Believers.
He stated this in the Great Commission

            Matthew 28:18-20
            18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
            19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: {teach...: or, make disciples, or, Christians of all nations}
            20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

Closely associated with Jesus' delegated authority to all believers is the Father's exaltation of the believer in this life:

            Ephesians 2:5-6
            5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
            6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

            Romans 5:17 – “For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”

If one is reigning with Christ in this life, he is no longer dominated by enemies, but rather rules over them.

What are some of the believer's enemies over which Jesus has given him authority?

Areas of Authority

Jesus is Lord of
1.  Demons
2.  Disease
3.  Death
4.  the Deep

Over Demons- Satan and His Fallen Angels
The Lord Jesus has defeated the devil and the believer is no longer under Satan's lordship:
            Colossians 1:13 – “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”

Paul states that by not yielding to sin, we do not have to be controlled by the Devil:

            Ephesians 4:25-27
            25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
            26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
            27 Neither give place to the devil.

James tells how to overcome the destructive attacks of Satan

            James 4:7–“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

Peter clarifies how one resists Satan:

            1 Peter 5:8-9
            8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
            9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

One resists Satan by standing firm in his faith
Not only did Jesus defeat Satan, but also Jesus placed Satan's subordinates (demons) under the believer's authority:
He [Jesus] said to them,

            Mark 16:15-18
            15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
            16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
            17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
            18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Demons are illegal holders of authority and take advantage of the believer who does not know the Word of God.

The believer must take authority over evil spirits (fallen angels) who hold sinners in bondage.
The sinner will then be able to make a free choice to accept or reject Christ as Savior.
When one sees the truth he will usually choose Christ.
Jesus said that when the prodigal son "came to his senses" he returned home (Luke 15:17).
The believer does not have authority over human spirits — he cannot force sinners to accept Christ.
However, the believer does have some authority over his own household.
The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas,

            Acts 16:30-31
            30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
            31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Over Disease
Jesus gave the believer authority over disease
Everyone must be convinced in his own heart.

            Luke 9:1, 2
            1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
            2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

            Mark 16:17-18
                  17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
            18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

            James 5:14-16
            14 “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:
            15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
            16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”

Over Death
Jesus conquered death, and consequently the believer is no longer held in bondage to death

            Hebrews 2:14-15
            14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
            15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

There are many instances of the LORD raising people from the dead throughout the Bible. The New Testament records Jesus raising the following people from the dead:
1.  The son of the widow of Nain (Luke 7:11-17);
2.  Jairus' daughter (Luke 8:40-56; Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:21-43), and
3.  Lazarus (John 11:1-44).
There are other instances of the LORD raising the dead in our
The LORD removed the power and fear of death from the believer.

Over the Deep—Creation
Jesus is Lord of demons, disease, death and the deep.
"The deep" here means the oceans and includes all creation by implication.
The Stilling of the Storm is an example of Jesus exercising authority over creation:

            Mark 4:35-41
            35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
            36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
            37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
            38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
            39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
            40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
            41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Another example is his Walking on the Water
There are modern-day examples of believers controlling aspects of nature supernaturally, but this is not a commonplace thing in the life of the believer.

Jesus is Lord. He possesses all authority and has passed limited authority to the believer.
This is part of the believer's legal inheritance now,
The believer must act on God's Word by faith for it to become a reality.
Every demon and angel is subject to the Imperial Name of Jesus and, wonder of wonders, He gave us the Power of Attorney to use that Name of Might.

All our Authority is based on His Finished Work, but it is all enwrapped in His name.

By His giving us the Legal use of this name He has put omnipotence at our disposal in our combat with Satanic hosts
All hell knows the power of that Name; they know our Legal Rights and Authority.
So they are fighting to keep us in ignorance of our Legal Rights
Or if we know them, to keep us under condemnation so we will not dare use

The authority invested in the Name is as mighty now as in Paul's day.


Believers need to rediscover the authority that Jesus gave them.
The Father longs to minister to us and through us to hurting people
As a consequence of the believer rediscovering and using his God-given authority, self-esteem will rise.
Here is the logic behind that statement: God entrusts the believer with authority and in doing so, demonstrates that he trusts the believer to use that authority responsibly.
If God, who is the ultimate authority, shows that he trusts the believer, then the believer must be trustworthy—God makes no mistakes
Once the believer realizes that God trusts him and that he is therefore trustworthy, self-esteem will rise correspondingly.

Professor Jacob Abraham

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