The believers’ authority is not an esoterically acquired privilege that comes through rituals and human efforts. It is not an assumed position of authority nor a cognitive agreement with some certain supernatural forces that have the power to influence human activities. The believers’ authority is both real, authentic and practical authority conferred upon believers in Christ and demonstrable by faith. It’s source is the Father, the I AM, the YHWH or Jehovah, whose words created the heavens and the earth. He is answerable to no one expect His words. He holds all things by the power of His Words. Through the Word made flesh (Jesus Christ) He gave beleiver’s access to what was originally theirs but was stolen by the enemy-satan.
In Christ, we have full restoration of dominion, authority and power. We are called to a new kind of life- the very life of God. The life that has no limits. It is called the Abundant Life or Eternal Life. This life is what makes us unique, unstoppable, unconquerable and indomitable. If this very life of God (Zoe) is active in you, get ready for a life of exploits. The enemy will find it hard to comprehend the light that is ignited in you already via this Supernatural Life. The Born-Again experience is what confers upon you this unique kind of life. With this Supernatural Eternal Life comes supernatural authority that trumps all the works of the devil on this earth. In Christ, we do not just have authority, we also have power to exercise this authority. This is why the enemy will never be able to comprehend what you are I are up to in Christ Jesus. We are the devil’s worst nightmare immediately we realize he has lost control of the earth and we have been given the authority to dominate and rule the world till Jesus comes back to take his real physical Kingdom situated in Jerusalem. Get ready for what is coming!!!
Shortly after His resurrection, Jesus has a press conference. It was the first press conference ever held before even the idea of mass communication was conceived. This was witnessed by over 500 persons made up of engineers, medical doctors, real estate brokers, politicians, scholars, priests, investors, entrepreneurs, technicians, builders, carpenters, and many more, representing the male and female gender, Greeks and Jews, men and women of different colors races and ethnicity who at this time travelled from all parts of the then known world to celebrate the feast of Passover. But that weekend turned out to be one that will change history forever. That weekend of gruesome incarceration and death of Jesus terminated the Old order of things and initiated the new order of things. Hence, it was necessary that a public announcement be made by Jesus announcing the arrival of a new Kingdom and the restoration of Man’s lost dominion on earth. It was victory for Mankind. It was victory for righteousness. Praise God!
However, before this earth-shattering press conference could be held, Jesus had a pre-conference meeting with the remaining eleven disciples. He wanted to let them know that the dominion of Lucifer and his demons are forever terminated. He delivered to them the result of the gruesome suffering He had voluntarily undertaken for the sake of man. It was both redemptive and propitiatory. Now, the devil has been rendered powerless. His authority has been legally withdrawn and his powers decimated. Notwithstanding, he is allowed to keep roaming the earth roaring and seeking ignorant folks to deceive and devour.
Here are the words of Jesus to the eleven:
“16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 [a]Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you [b]always, even to the end of the age.”- Matthew 28:16-20 (NASB)
Permit me to assume that the eleven disciples had no idea what Jesus was saying, if they knew Peter won’t have gone fishing with John and the rest. But that announcement was the pronouncement of a conqueror. It took the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the disciples to understand what Jesus had just revealed them in the text above. Let me put is here in a simple format. The resurrected Jesus showed up at the meeting place in Galilee which he had asked them to join Him. When everyone was seated, He cleared His throat and declared, “folks, it now a done deal. I am now in-charge both in Heaven and on Earth. I am now the guy who call the shot and decides who operates here on earth and in heaven. I have decimates the former king (Lucifer). I legally paid ehat he demanded and removed him for the throne of this earth. You guys do not owe him anything and he has no right to demand anything from you again. I am the new King of kings. I possess all authority in Heaven and earth and I have the power to delegate the same to whoever I will. Rejoice because what Adam lost about four thousand years ago has been restored. This is a brand new day! This is a new dawn! No more fears! No more intimidations! No more terrors! Above all, I am sending you all out with my authority to enforce my authority all over the earth. You are now my ambassadors! Occupy till I come back to earth to assume physical responsibility of the Kingdom of Kingdom on earth. Before that happens, your guys are now in-charge!”
Wow! I feel like jumping around. This is the Gospel! This is the Good News. People ask, “What is the Gospel? Folks, this is the Gospel. It is simply states thus: “You are now in-charge”! No more sin, sickness, poverty, demonic oppressions and terrorism. We are made more than conquerors. You see why the devil fears the least of believers who understand his rights in Christ.
But, you must realize this good news did not distill properly to the disciples. They were still mesmerized by what they were seeing. A dead man coming back to life and eating food and drinking wine with them as if nothing happened to Him. Some of the disciples were still in a state of shock and what we may emotional trauma. However, the big stuff was yet to come. The Holy Spirit will soon be sent by the Father at the instance of Jesus, and He would invade them so powerfully, that some of them will transformed into spiritual bulldozers challenging the very powers that posed mortal dangers to Jesus and the disciples.
Take not of this. In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus announced to the eleven that He is now the absoilute authority on earth and He delegates the authority to whoever He wishes. He told the dsicples that He was sending them to go into the world start making disciples for the King of kings (Jesus) and not to their individual ideologies or religious persuasions. The instruction was clear. Make disciples who will follow the teachings and foot-steps of Jesus and eventually become like Him. This is not a small assignment. It took Jesus 3 and half years to groom 12 guys and one was lost, the rest disappeared when He was apprehended. He was only able to get the eleven back together again after His resurrection. But this time, Jesus was not taking chances at all. He was about to drench them in His power so the authority He had given them will never contested by the devil.
So here is what transpired in the last press conference that Jesus had with the over 500 of his followers.
“The first account I [a]composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when He was taken up to heaven, after He had [b]by the Holy Spirit given orders to the apostles whom He had chosen. 3 To [c]these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 [d]Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for [e]what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized [f]with the Holy Spirit [g]not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
9 And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”- Acts 1:1-9 (NASB)
Here the author Luke, did a great intro revealing that fact that Jesus that did sneak into heaven after His first encounter with the eleven. He stayed around for forty day to put things in order in terms of his teachings and manner of life and what the disciples should except henceforth. He had prepared the disciples mentally, morally, but something was missing. He needed to have them wait so He could empower them with the same power and authority he operated with here on earth. He was not willing to take chances by sending them to disciple the nations without empowering them to do so. They had His authority already, but He wanted them to receive an indwelling permanent power within them that will ensure they are living witnesses not just purveyors of a story. This is what makes Christianity unique. Believers don’t talk about events that happened 2000 years in Jerusalem, but also through there lives and actions, they demonstrate the reality of that event in then now! It is still happening now! Praise Jesus!
At this point some of the disciples were still consumed with politics of Israel’s freedom from Roman subjugation. They were hoping for some kind of power to subdue the then tyrannical Roman imperialism, but little did they know that they have been given a global authority over the Luciferan authority which indirectly controls the kingdoms of this world including the Roman Kingdom. In the next 10 days, they would be receiving the Holy Spirit, who will be representing the all-powerful Jesus on earth, dwelling inside of all believers and transforming them into small Jesus- hence the word “Christians”. It was myopic on the side of the questionnaire asking for the time to restore the David Kingdom of Israel, but Jesus handled that very well. Exactly 10 days, while praying at the Upper Room, early in the morning around 9am, something unusual starting happening. The sound of a rushing wind penetrated the room and penetrated their hearts, transforming ordinary believers into powerhouses ready to demolish the forces of darkness. It was not a wind folks, it was the Spirit of the ascended Jesus coming down from Heaven and settling in the hearts of the believers. I tell you the truth, the forces of darkness was not expecting the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. It took them by surprise. Now Jesus in His full power and authority now dwells in the lives of believers. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Folks, He is here with us! He is not somewhere up in the sky hoping you will make it to heaven. He is right here with you, empowering, protecting, guiding, delivering and demonstrating the will of God in all situations. If Jesus is with you who can be against you! You are not just a conqueror, you are now more conquerors through Jesus Christ who lives in you!
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