God, Jesus Christ, the angels, the saints and priests, spiritual guides, and, last but not least, each and every Christian and person of goodness are all known to wield this power in Christian tradition. They are all spiritual authorities who, when combined, form a field of liberating power with numerous interdependent centers.
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What are authorities according to the Bible?
- the extent to which one can accept the Old and New Testament writings' precepts and ideas as authoritative over human belief and behavior
- the degree to which Biblical claims are historically and scientifically correct
The argument that God has revealed himself in writing form via human authors and that the material contained in canonical texts is not of human origin underpins the case for biblical authority. It covers, but does not exhaust, the issues presented by biblical inerrancy, infallibility, interpretation, criticism, and Biblical law in Christianity.
Within Christianity as a religion, there are numerous factions. Each section defines the Bible as the authoritative word of God, as a direct transmission of God's word. Different Christian groups interpret the meaning of the words in the Bible differently, resulting in differences in religious practice.
Certain ideas concerning biblical authority and the Bible as an exact reproduction of God's message have been challenged in current Christian studies. Significant viewpoints show that accuracy standards in ancient times and today are likely to change, which must be addressed while interpreting the Bible.
Do we have the same authority as Jesus?
Today's Scripture: I ask that the eyes of your understanding be opened so that you may understand the hope to which He has called you, the richness of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power to those who believe. That power is identical to the enormous strength He displayed when He raised Christ from the dead and sat Him at His right hand in the celestial regions, far above every rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in this age but also in the next. And He was given authority over the entire Church (Ephesians 1:18-22.)
I'm trying to imagine Paul's near-frustration as the Holy Spirit worked through him to write these words to the Church. “Don't you get it?” I can almost imagine him agonizing and saying. You are not a poor group of people! You are a powerful and influential people! I pray that God will open your spiritual eyes and knowledge so that you may genuinely see and grasp God's power at work in the lives of God's children. As a child of God, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is at work in your life as well! There is no one who has a higher name or authority than Jesus. For your benefit, everything has been laid under Jesus' feet!”
You must never think of yourself as a poor person, child of God! Because you belong to Jesus, who has all power and authority, you are a person of power and authority. Because you live, move, and have your being in Jesus, the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is working mightily in your favor.
In Luke 10:19, Jesus assures us that He has given us the capacity to overcome the enemy's power and that nothing can harm us. “Whatever we bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” Jesus declares in Matthew 18. And if two of us agree on anything we ask of Him on this world, it will be done for us in Heaven, because He is present wherever two or three are gathered in His name.”
The question is whether we truly feel we have that much authority as God's children.
The last thing Satan wants is for us to understand and use the power we have as God's children! He doesn't want us to use the power we've been given in Christ to destroy his works and walk away victorious. It's time to step into the power and authority that comes with being a child of God!
“Awake, Zion, awake! Arm yourselves with might!” Jerusalem, the holy city, put on your splendorous clothes. You will not be re-entered by the uncircumcised and filthy.
Rise up and sit enthroned, Jerusalem, and shake off your dust. “Free yourself from the chains around your neck, Zion's daughter, now a prisoner.”
The message is clear: as God's children, we must rise and exercise our power and authority. In any area of our lives, the enemy can no longer do as he pleases. We are a powerful and authoritative people. Every hostile intrusion into any aspect of our lives should be destroyed.
Break every chain the enemy has set around you, child of God. Break the chain of marital troubles; the chain of addiction; the chain of poverty; the chain of disbelief and disobedience to God's word; the chain of hindrances to your benefits; Break every link in the chain! You have the authority and power to do so!
Father, thank you for enlightening my knowledge of the authority you have given me as your child. Help me to always walk with that strength and authority. Amen
What kind of power does God have?
We hosted 1,400 people at the Convergence Conference in OKC on October 5-7, where we focused on the ardent pursuit of both Word and Spirit in the Christian life and in the local church. My first message was about God's might. I'm not referring to God's omnipotence, which he possesses in himself, but rather to the power of the Spirit that he has given us to carry out the ministry's task. Here are five facts regarding this power that we should all be aware of.
(1) God's power, the kind of power that resides within every born-again believer and energizes his or her life and ministry, is not something you can touch or bottle. It is the very essence of God's life force. It's the supernatural energy that flows out of God's being.
(2) This supernatural and divine force or power truly fills and indwells every born-again believer's body and soul. God doesn't want us to try to figure out what this power is like. He doesn't want us to think of it as a concept. His objective is for us to take use of it in order to join him in his mission on the planet. His desire is for us to beg him to amplify, expand, enhance, and deepen the manifestation of this power through us in ever more visible and concrete ways in our lives.
What does it mean that Jesus has all authority?
If Jesus has all authority, it follows that there is no authority other than that which He grants or permits to be exercised. But one thing is certain: no force or authority will ever be able to topple God's Kingdom, so we can exult in hope since Jesus has already won the fight for us!