Authority And Power

What does authority mean? By definition authority is the legal power or right to command or to act: to rule; power.

Parents have authority or legal right and power to command their children.  This power and legal right comes from God. God gave this authority, power, legal right to all parents. Many parents have quoted to their children Ephesians 6:1 KJV  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.” Notice the words in the Lord?

Technically, a government or state has no legal right or authority over children? Why? Because God established the family first, before any governmental body was ever established. Look at
Genesis 1:27-28 KJV  “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
[28] And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”

God blessed them (Adam and Eve) and God said to them….

Some people teach when Adam and Eve sinned they lost all their power and authority. In Genesis 3:16 God told Eve her desire would be to her husband and he shall rule over thee. Eve was now subject to her husband’s rule. But what if a woman did not marry? And notice Eve was subject to her husband, not all men.

Genesis 3:17-19 God never tells Adam or Eve they lost their authority. Eve lost part of her authority and God told Adam the ground was now cursed and he would have to work hard all of his life, in sweat and work till he dies.

When you look at the word authority, what do you see? Author  –  ity. Author is defined as one who produces or creates or brings into being. So when we see verses like – God is not the author of confusion  ( 1 Corinthians 14:33 ), we learn God did not create or bring into being or produce confusion. If God did not create or make confusion, where does it come from?

We also learn in Hebrews 5:9, speaking of Jesus Christ we are told Jesus became the author of eternal salvation. And in Hebrews 12:1,2 we are told Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. So Jesus, as author, created or brought into being, eternal salvation and our faith.

It is no surprise then that the Old Testament and New Testament mention authority 37 times and all but 2 of these are in the New Testament. So 35 times authority is addressed in the New Testament and 25 of those 35 times are mentioned in the four Gospels. The Gospels is where Jesus establishes himself as the long awaited Jewish Messiah and explains his authority. The other 10 verses in the New Testament mentioning authority open our understanding.

Look at 1 Corinthians 15:12-26 KJV

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
[13] But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
[14] And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
[15] Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
[16] For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
[17] And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
[18] Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
[19] If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
[20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
[21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
[22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
[23] But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
[24] Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
[25] For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
[26] The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”

So what power and authority do we believers have today and who or what do we have power and authority over? We will look at that next time.

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