Sunday Live Service 19 July 2020 – Believers Authority

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Believer’s Authority

 

Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

“We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities [archas, the first or preeminent ones], against powers [exousias, the authorities].”

What Authority Is

  • Authority is delegated power. Its value depends upon the force behind the user. The believer, who is fully conscious of divine Power behind him, and of his own authority thereby, can face the enemy without fear or hesitation.
  • behind the “authority” possessed by the believer, there is a “Power” infinitely greater than that which backs his enemies, and which they are compelled to recognize.

The Source of Authority

  • Behind the fact of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus there lay the mightiest working recorded in the Word of God.

The Conferring of Authority

When the Lord Jesus, the Captain (Archegon, Prince-Leader) of our salvation, was raised from the dead, the act of resurrection was accomplished through “the exceeding greatness of His [God’s] power [dunameos], to us ward who believe, according to that working [energeian] of the strength [kratous] of His might [ischuos].“ Ephesians 1:19

  1. The death to sin of the believer with the crucifiedChrist, and
  2. The consequent annulling of the power of sin over him though the impartation of the life of the resurrected Christ. The believer is thus made a full partaker of Christ’s righteousness.
  3. The believer with the ascended Christ to the heavenlies where he is made a partaker of Christ’s throne.

The Location of Authority

We are made to sit with Christ “in the heavenlies.” Christ’s session is at the right hand of God. His people, therefore, occupy “with him” the same august position.

Ephesians 2:4-6
4But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

The right hand of the throne of God is the center of power of the whole universe, and the exercising of the power of the throne was committed unto the ascended Lord. He is still there in full possession of His rights, awaiting the Father’s time when His enemies shall be made the footstool of His feet.

The Rebel Holders of This Authority

The whole rebellious system is divided into heavenly and earthly sections (Isa.24:21).

Principalities and Powers

(Ephesians 6:12). There are first the “principalities and powers.”- These are first-named are mighty princes, whose principalities include large areas of the earth, with authority over the nations included in them.

The World-Rulers

The world-rulers of the darkness of this age.” This name would suggest a ministry of deception, the keeping in darkness of the minds of men, and especially of the leaders thoughts.

The Hosts Of Wicked Spirits

The hosts of wicked spirits in the heavenlies” — an innumerable body of demons to whose close connection with mankind is due the grosser sins and deceptions, the stirring up of the animal passions, and the incitement to all manner of sensual and sensuous desires.

The Divine Purpose Of The Ages

The “God of the whole earth” does not purpose to tolerate forever this rebellion against His righteousness.

Isaiah 45:23
“By myself have I sworn, the word is gone forth from my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”

Ephesians 3:9-11
9and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.

The Church

The Church is to be God’s instrument in declaring to these rebellious, and now usurping powers, the divine purpose, and in administering their principalities, after they have been unseated and cast down.

Daniel 7
22after the coming of the Ancient of Days, “judgment was given to the saints of the most High, and 27kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High.”

The Extent of This Authority

The “God of the whole earth” does not purpose to tolerate forever this rebellion against His righteousness.

Ephesians 1
“may the eyes of our understanding be enlightened” by the Holy Spirit so that we may believe, without any doubt or shrinking, that the wisdom and will of the Father have made us sharers of this same authority, and that He verily intends that we should exercise it day by day in growing comprehension and apprehension.

The great princes and authorities, of whom we have previously spoken, are subject to Him. So are the lesser ones: He is far above all “might” (dunameos, a word used usually in the New Testament of spiritual power). This refers to that working of satanic energy which is becoming increasingly manifest, directed as it is against the bodies and minds of the children of God.

We must be awakened to the fact that fresh powers from the unseen world are flooding in upon us.

Christ sits also far above all “dominion” (kuriotetos, lordship). Thrones

“Under His Feet”

 

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